Entertainment and Gaming


Iowa Gaming Tax Impact Models, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016

The Iowa Gaming Association commissioned SEG to develop a computer model that projects the outlook for casinos in Iowa based on various tax and economic policy scenarios. In 2011, we revised the model to examine the effect of more radical tax changes. In 2014 and 2016, we updated the model to project farther into the future and include more policy scenarios. For more information about the model, contact us. To view a 2011 Report using the Model Click here.     


Iowa Craft Brewing Economic Impact Study, 2015

The Economic Development Authority and The Iowa Wine & Beer Promotion Board hired SEG to document the economic impact of Iowa's rapidly growing craft brewing industry. It was a project that enabled us to interview brewers, to conduct an on-line survey of the developers of this new industry and to examine it's historical roots. You can view and download our 88 page Report or see the Summary or Slideshow.     


Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans, 2014

The Iowa Legislature authorized the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to undertake a study of the economic and social impacts of casino gambling in the State. SEG and our partner, Spectrum Gaming Group, were selected to conduct this study. The resulting 273 page report was released June 1, 2014 and is available here     


Economic Impact of a Woodbury County, Iowa Casino, 2013

Penn National Gaming was one of three business groups competing to build and operate a new casino in Woodbury County. SEG was commissioned by Penn National to examine and compare the alternatives proposals. SEG prepared a series of reports analyzing the tax and economic impact of the four alternatives. To view the reports click here     


Economic Impact of a Cedar Rapids Casino, 2013

A group of investors sought a license to build and operate a new casino in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. SEG was commissioned to examine the impact such a business would have on property values and retail sales in the surrounding area. The residents of Linn County passed the casino referendum, but the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted not to issue a new license. Our report has not been made public.     


Impact of a Youth Baseball Complex, 2012

A $38 million proposed youth baseball complex, built around the movie site of the "Field of Dreams", will eventually draw more than 1,800 participants and their families for week-long tournaments each summer. SEG examined the potential impact for the local chamber of commerce. View the study for the All-Star Ballpark Heaven coming soon to Dyersville, Iowa.     


Impact of Off-Highway Vehicles in Iowa, 2008

This study examined the impact of off-highway vehicle recreational activites on the State of Iowa and provided the Iowa OHV Association with baseline statistics the on the value of their programs.
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Impact of the Iowa Casino Expansion Proposals, 2004

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry commissioned us to assist the Iowa Legislature by analyzing the impact of various alternative proposals for expanding the number of casinos in the State. The result was our ground-breaking study of trade area mapping in the casino industry.
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Promoting Local Cable Competition in Iowa, 2004

SEG was commissioned by Cedar Rapids telecommunications entrepreneur Clark McLeod to analyze the market for cable and high-speed internet services in Iowa communities. McLeod and others were interested in determining the pricing effect of local markets that lacked effective competition. Our study provided the justification for a municipal fiber optic utility initiatives.    View our Study     


An Analysis of a Proposed Increase in the Iowa Gaming Tax, 2002

The Iowa Gaming Association in 2002 commissioned us to study the economic consequences of proposed state legislation that would raise the tax on Iowa casinos and racetracks. This study was prepared in partnership with the Davenport-based accounting firm RSM McGladrey, Inc.   View the Study     

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