Davenport city leaders continue working out the details of their casino purchase plan by taking a trip to Dubuque's city owned casino and spending hours listening to casino development plans. City administrator Craig Malin updated the council on where the casino plans stand after a flurry of activity in recent weeks. He says the Davenport Community Improvement Corporations approved expanding it's membership from seven people to nine. Those two additional members would be picked by the DCIC itself, rather than the city council. Organizers hope the additions will add more financial expertise and independence to the board.
Malin says the recent bus trip to Dubuque shows a city can benefit from a publicly controlled casino. The Council still has several challenges in the coming days. A developer still needs to be chosen to build the actual casino, once the purchase of the Rhythm City boat is complete. The Council is also waiting on a vote by the Riverboat Development Authority Board to agree with the proposed management structure.