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US – Philadelphia hopeful launches facebook page

By - 21 January 2013

PHL Local Gaming, LLC, one of six bidders for the available Category 2 casino management license in Philadelphia, has posted a company Facebook page, as one of its early steps in what will be an on-going effort to share its ‘Philadelphia-first’ story with people in the city, the surrounding region and state-wide.

The page includes, among other things, a presentation of the company’s proposed gaming property, described as a ‘high-quality’, ‘destination’-calibre hotel and casino.”

Also presented is a profile of PHL Local Gaming’s primary investor, Joseph Procacci , CEO of Procacci Brothers Sales Corp., the major South Philadelphia-based produce company; and of Joseph Canfora , PHL’s casino operator, who brings 30 years of gaming experience to his position.

In addition, the page includes information about Mr. Procacci’s extensive development history, with a special focus on a 2000-acre residential golf course community, in Naples, Florida, called The Vineyards Country Club, which was developed by Mr. Procacci and his brother, Michael.

“Over the course of the next several months, we want to establish that PHL Gaming is not simply interested in managing a very successful, ‘destination’-quality casino,” said Mr. Canfora. “We’re also placing a high priority on our project’s ability to create good jobs for our neighbours, and for other Philadelphians, and on creating contract opportunities for Philadelphia-based businesses, including minority and female firms. In addition, we want to stress that, among all six bidders, our site, at Front and Pattison, would be furthest removed – about a mile away – from any residential areas. Given the importance of jobs and contracts to our local economy, we feel that a Philadelphia-first economic impact plan is precisely what should be expected from the winning casino developer.”

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