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New Diamond Jo helps Dubuque economy

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - The Diamond Jo Casino said bon voyage to its old riverboat casino, moving in to a new home in the Port of Dubuque.

And it's opening Thursday night and could be a big boost to Dubuque's economy. After months of waiting, the doors are finally open. First time visitors are calling it a jackpot.

"People might come for gambling and stay for the amenities or they might come for the amenities and then try their luck in the casino. Anything, there's all kinds of option," said Todd Moyer, General Manager of Diamond Jo Casino.

Options like, an 800-person capacity theater, a 30-lane bowling alley and several restaurants and bars.

"One of the most beautiful ones I've ever been in," said Kathy Runde.

But this beautiful casino is bringing more than entertainment. It's giving a boost to the local economy.

"The way the economy is now it's great to have a job. I think it'll help out a lot," said Runde.

"It's good for the city. We've got a little bit of everything, bowling alleys for the kids, I think it's a good deal," said Mark Bruenig.

A good deal that's boosting confidence in Dubuque's local economy.

One more fun fact about the casino -- it was built using green products, meaning it's environmentally friendly.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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