A plan to build a $40 million casino in Jefferson, Iowa east of Carroll drew about 500 people to a public hearing before the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Thursday night.
Most of the 70 speakers favored the proposal. They pointed to the estimated 325 jobs the casino would bring to the community. The commission is expected to vote on the plan June 12th.
If approved, the proposed casino would authorize a gambling license for Grow Greene County Gaming Corp., a nonprofit organization that would contract with Wild Rose Entertainment. Plans call for a casino resort with restaurants, a conference center and a hotel in Jefferson, a city of about 4,200 people.