Philadelphia African-American Leaders Support Market 8 Casino Plan
Supporters of the “Market 8” casino project in Philadelphia say that it has impressive goals of hiring African-Americans at all levels.A number of African-American leadership groups say that the project, proposed for the 8th and Market Streets in the center of Philadelphia, is committed to a level of economic inclusion that meets and even exceeds traditional goals.
Sharmain Matlock-Turner, CEO of The Urban Affairs Coalition, said, “This project is definitely right up our alley. This development is projected to create thousands of jobs — construction and permanent, direct and indirect — guaranteeing significant employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, the disabled and, yes, even those formerly incarcerated.”
The project’s lead developer, Ken Goldenberg said that the project will not only transform an area which has become a dreary Market East corridor, but also transform lives through numerous job opportunities.
In a statement Goldenberg said, “I want to make sure that the people in the African-American community and the Asian community all benefit. That’s our entire team’s goal.”
At present state gaming officials are considering five applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license.