(NORTHFIELD) — Senator Jim Whelan joined President Herman Saatkamp and representatives from The Stockton Institute for Gaming Management (SIGMA) to introduce the SIGMA “Gaming Impact Dashboard” today at the Carnegie Library Center.
The “Dashboard” will provide key measures on how the Atlantic City gaming industry’s downturn impacts the lives of individuals and families throughout the State of New Jersey. Some of these measures include employment, charities, and programs to aid seniors and the disabled throughout the State. A copy of the “Dashboard” is attached.
“Tens of thousands of individuals’ livelihoods are dependent on the casino industry,” said Whelan. “It is vital that we fully understand its far reaching impact and take the right set of actions to lessen the impact.”
“The SIGMA Gaming Impact Dashboard will provide public policy makers with a continually updated relevant snapshot of key regional economic indicators,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “As is the tradition in institutions of higher learning, Stockton is pleased to play this vital educational role for the community and its public officials.”
The initial “Dashboard” presentation unveiled today is an initial snapshot showing how things have changed over the past 12 months.
“As we look for some short-term solutions to help mitigate job losses, the data collected and presented by the “Dashboard” will help to demonstrate just how far some of our solutions will need to reach,” said Whelan, who first approached Stockton College with the idea last month.
“Stockton College and The Institute for Gaming Management are the right partners for this project,” said Whelan. “Their data collection will provide an objective look at how dependent our local economy and state services’ are upon the casino industry.”
The Stockton Institute for Gaming Management (SIGMA) plans to provide monitoring results of the Gaming Impact “Dashboard” periodically throughout the year.