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WTOL Editorial: Casino will be good for Toledo

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WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

By WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

Ohioans voted for this and now Penn National Gaming is coming to town -- just as promised.

The $250 million Hollywood Casino breaks ground in early August. The casino will open sometime in 2012.

In the meantime, there will be more than 1,000 construction-related jobs. Eventually there will be about 1,000 new, permanent positions created to staff the casino.

This is great news for our economy and will hopefully spur some other investment.

I heard from a lot of people in the past year who said the Toledo casino would never be built, that it was just a ploy to get northwest Ohioans to vote for the casino issue.

Now, it turns out that Toledo will be the first of the new casinos to open.

It's nice to be first for a change. Maybe in the future we will have a little more confidence about our future.

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