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Davenport Casino Non-Profit Board Has First Meeting

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Davenport city leaders are moving ahead with plans to buy Rhythm City Casino for $46-million. Wednesday evening the non-profit board that will run the city owned casino met for the first time.

The Davenport Community Improvement Corporation or DCIC will be responsible for running the casino. The way it will work is the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will still oversee everything. The Riverboat Development Authority will still be in charge of handing our proceeds to local non-profits and the DCIC will run the casino for the city.

During the meeting, the 7 DCIC members started off introducing themselves. The city administrator, police chief and an alderman are on the board. Joining them are 2 members from the RDA and 2 community members. However, some wondered why there are 3 city officials on the board.

"There are always conflicts, I don't care what board you sit on. The key is to remember whenever you have a conflict," says DCIC Board Member and RDA President Mary Ellen Chamberlin.

Throughout the meeting there were a lot of questions.

"It is a new model and there are a lot of questions about how it's going to work," adds Chamberlin, "I think there are a lot of questions about how this group is actually gong to function as we go forward."

One member suggested the 7 person board grow to 9 members, with 2 more members coming from the community.

"I think we'll talk about it our next meeting. It's possible through provisions on our bylaws, but it's also possible to use consultants and still move forward," says Chamberlin.

The next step for the DCICI is to see what plans developers come up with. They won't have to wait long; proposals are due by noon on Thursday.

"Everyone is waiting to see what does come in and see what we have to work with," says Chamberlin.

Once the proposals are in board members along with city officials, a consultant, members from the chamber of commerce and an RDA subcommittee will score each one. The top choices will be sent to city council for approval.

Davenport city leaders are holding a press conference with developers tomorrow. Plans being submitted will be released at the time.

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