Today, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) formally announced its support for State Issue 3. The Alliance joins the Greater Cleveland Partnership in its backing of the constitutional amendment that would legalize casino gambling in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus.
“Our number one mission is the continual progress of Downtown into a thriving, urban core for our entire region,” says John Carney, Chairman of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Board. “Issue 3 has the potential to be a major benefit to our local economy, if it is done right. We feel strongly that Dan Gilbert’s downtown proposal will ensure the maximum benefit to Downtown and the surrounding region by building on the investments the private and public sectors have already made.”
Tom Yablonsky, Executive Vice President of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance says, “Mr. Gilbert has pledged to work with DCA and its neighborhood partners to make sure the casino location has a street level presence and that connectivity to adjacent concentrations of restaurants, entertainment and hotels is amplified and promoted. Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s goal is to create a partnership with the City of Cleveland and the developer in order to link to the Warehouse District, Gateway, PlayhouseSquare, the Medical Mart, Convention Center and North Coast Harbor. We feel strongly that this can be done through physical connection, transportation and marketing.”