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Twin River campaigns to voters on table games

COURTESY TWIN RIVER
TWIN RIVER plans to campaign “aggressively” and rely heavily on social media in its effort to persuade voters to pass a state referendum question allowing table games at at its Lincoln gambling facility.
Posted 4/17/12

LINCOLN - Twin River plans to campaign “aggressively” and rely heavily on social media in its effort to persuade voters to pass a state referendum question allowing table games at its Lincoln gambling facility , according to chairman John E. Taylor Jr.

“We’re really trying to have a dialogue with voters,” Taylor told Providence Business News. “It’s being able to articulate why this makes sense. At this point, I don’t see many challenges. That’s not to say there won’t be. As we face them, we’ll address them.”

Taylor said the ‘Bringing Jobs to Rhode Island’ campaign, which held a kickoff event on April 16 at Waterplace Park in Providence, also will see “traditional” communications including appearances with local chambers of commerce and town hall meetings.

Several hundred people attended the rally at Waterplace Park.

“I [was] encouraged [but] I’m not totally surprised,” said Taylor. “I think Rhode Islanders want to hear about jobs.”

Twin River said opening table games would create 350 full-time equivalent jobs there and around 300 spin-off jobs within the local community as well as generate $16 million additional revenue for the state.

Voters will have their say on Nov. 6. The referendum must pass statewide and in Lincoln.

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