The economic and social impact of the gaming industry during economic downturns

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Marlowe, Byron
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Tianshu Zheng
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Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management provides an interdisciplinary look into areas of aesthetics, leadership, event planning, entrepreneurship, and multi-channel retailing. It consists of four majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Event Management; Family and Consumer Education and Studies; and Hospitality Management.

The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management was founded in 2001 from the merging of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies; the Department of Textiles and Clothing, and the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

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2001 - present

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  • College of Human Sciences (parent college)
  • Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies (predecessor)
  • Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management (predecessor)
  • Department of Textiles and Clothing (predecessor)
  • Trend Magazine (student organization)

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Investigation is conducted into how gaming volumes and casino employment were impacted within a non-destination gaming state in urban and rural counties by the 2007-2009 economic downturn in The United States of America. Examples of urban and rural areas are researched in order to determine if certain gaming locations within a non-destination gaming state can be determined as recession proof. Effort is directed to establish and measure the gaming volumes before, during, and after the recession and also in addition to the analysis of employment figures issues such as the impact of gambling on the social environment is also factored into the overall analysis and findings. Findings indicate that while there was a slight drop in gaming revenue and employment figures during this period, non-destination gaming locations such as Indiana proved relatively resilient to the recession but were more vulnerable to external factors such as emerging competition from neighboring states. Evidence suggests that the gaming industry located in urban areas was more likely to impact the urban employment environment during the 2007 to 2009 recession than was evident in the rural areas in which the gaming industry is located.

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