Whether a casino would be a boon for businesses in Salem depends on a number of factors. Based on anecdotal evidence from a trip to Washington County, PA, these are a few important ones.
1. Is your business a restaurant or shopping mall within a half mile of the casino?
2. Does the casino bring in out-of-town visitors?
3. Are casino employees local residents?
To get the whole story, have a listen:
Geraldine Pajak and her friend Pauline Stripp feed dollar bills into a Gladiator-themed slot machine at The Meadows in PA.