CDN: Are casinos coming to Atlanta?

William PateWilliam Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), speaks to the Buckhead Business Association (BBA). (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

ATLANTA — Casinos seem to be an ever-present topic of conversation in Atlanta, particularly when the Georgia General Assembly convenes.

As a first obstacle, the state needs a new law allowing casino gambling. Lawmakers debated gambling during this year’s General Assembly session, but the legislative body failed to send the matter to voters for a referendum.

During a recent appearance before the Buckhead Business Association (BBA), William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) said while casinos may eventually come to Atlanta, he predicted it wouldn’t happen for at least a few years. He also said casinos wouldn’t necessarily draw more people to the city.

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits The Travel Trolley and