On April 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board denied the application to operate a casino near Gettysburg National Military Park! The license was instead awarded to an applicant in southwestern PA.
This marks the culmination of the second fight to stop the licensing of a casino near one of our nation’s most sacred places. These victories would not have been possible without the active and frequent engagement of concerned citizens. During the campaign, thousands of individuals throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide wrote to the Gaming Control Board expressing their opposition to the proposal. Our voices ultimately convinced the board that Gettysburg was not an appropriate location for a casino.
We commend the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for recognizing the importance of protecting the character of this unique town, and their respect for the memory of all those who fought during the battle at Gettysburg. We look forward to continuing to work with Gettysburg-area residents on ways to protect the park’s, and the region’s, long-term future.
We thank all who helped defeat this ill-advised proposal. We will continue to work with our supporters to protect Gettysburg and other national parks for this and future generations.