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January 18, 2013
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  • Mass. commission wants "stunning" plans from casino applicants
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is encouraging casino license applicants to submit plans that include attractive features such as theme parks and aquariums. "We want to do everything we can so that our casinos are maximally truly 'destination resort casinos.' To do this, we need to influence the developers to design features and strategies that will help attract outsiders," said Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the gaming commission. Boston Herald (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  Industry Update 
 
  • Report: Las Vegas Sands is selling its Pa. casino
    Las Vegas Sands is reportedly putting up its Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa., for sale. However, Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese dismissed such reports as speculation. "We're very pleased with the financial performance of the Bethlehem property, and the role we have played as a partner in the community. But we do not comment on market speculation and rumor," Reese said. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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  • Mass. commission denies requests for casino applications extension
    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to refuse requests for an extension on the submission of casino applications from Chicopee Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette and two developers. The panel said allowing the extensions could delay the process of awarding licenses. "If there were legitimate proposals that could be fixed easily, then we would consider it. But we're not going to slow the process down for no good reason," commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York Assembly speaker wants casino sites identified
    New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the sites being proposed for casinos in the state should be named by the Legislature first before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to expand gambling in the state. "We're going to have to define ... what's contemplated, what areas are likely to be picked, and, what criteria there will be for companies, what the benefit is for local communities that host the facilities as well as the state," Silver said. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elgin, Ill., businesses hope to survive with video gambling
    Elgin Video Gaming Committee, a group of local businesses and organizations in Elgin, Ill., will ask the City Council next week to permit video gambling. "Elgin is an island surrounded by cities that have video gambling. It hurts businesses. It's about having an equal playing field," American Legion Post 57 Commander Norm Bellows said. A law allowing video gaming in the state was passed in 2009 and a statewide activation of video gambling machines took place in October. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

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  • Global Gaming Women to host mentoring and networking event at ICE -- register today!
    Building strong mentoring relationships is one of the key foundations of a successful career. To help women gaming professionals more easily identify and connect with potential mentors in the industry, Global Gaming Women (GGW) is proud to host a one-hour panel discussion about how to foster mutually beneficial mentoring connections. The panel will be followed by a mentoring tea bringing together women from throughout the global gaming industry. The free event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 onsite at ICE Totally Gaming. The event also will feature a special preview of GGW's forthcoming online mentoring program. Register today to join us for this special event! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prepare for G2E Asia 2013 and find out what's on tap for G2E 2013 with the G2E Blog
    Check out all of the new happenings for G2E Asia 2013 (May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao) and what we have in store for G2E 2013 (Sept. 24-26 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas) on the G2E Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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