Business leaders take private tour of Embassy Suites Hotel

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As one group pushes for a downtown Rockford casino, local business and political leaders were invited to a private tour on Thursday of the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in the 400 block of South Main Street. Also on tap was a learning session on the planned Waterpower Entertainment District which includes a proposal for a downtown casino.

"There is a great deal of momentum and interest in our downtown core so as we're experiencing that why aren't we planning on leveraging that better and think about a casino as an anchor to an entertainment district not just a casino,” said Ron Clewer from Gorman and Company.