About The Clinton County Development Association

Where the Money Comes From

History of Gaming in Clinton County

At the forefront of the gaming industry, the state of Iowa passed the first riverboat casino legislation in the nation on July 1, 1989. This bill allowed the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) to license qualified sponsoring organizations to conduct gaming on excursion boats within the state of Iowa along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, contingent upon a successful countywide referendum of the citizens of that county.

On January 17, 1991, an excursion boat gambling license was granted to the Clinton County Gaming Association/Mississippi Belle II, Inc., and on June 12, 1991, the Mississippi Belle II in Clinton, set sail.
In 1999, The Iowa Gaming Association (IGA), a nonprofit organization, was created to support the state's gaming industry, act as an advocate for its members and communicate timely and accurate information about gaming both internally and externally.

June 8, 2006, the Commission approved the sale of the Mississippi Belle II assets to Wild Rose Casino & Resort, L.L.C. and then an excursion gambling boat license was issued to Wild Rose Casino & Resort, L.L.C./Clinton County Development Association.
On March 6, 2008, the Commission approved a license for Clinton County Development Association/Wild Rose Casino & Resort, L.L.C. to operate a Gambling Structure upon completion of its new facility.

2008 was an exciting year for both the Wild Rose Casino and the Clinton County Development Association (CCDA). The new Wild Rose facility opened in late June and with that came increased funds for the CCDA to distribute to deserving non-profit organizations throughout Clinton County. The CCDA is extremely proud of the role it has played in bringing this new attraction to the county.

Where the Money Goes

Making an Impact... for YOU!

Aside from the taxes put to important use by our state, county, and city initiatives, the CCDA reinvests critical funds throughout our communities through its grant award framework, which provides an objective, careful, and consistent process designed to address our communities’ ever-changing needs. Through two separate grant funds, the CCDA awards monies to qualified and deserving organizations in such a manner as to optimize the present and future benefits of such grants to the citizens of Clinton County.

In our Annual Report you will see the variety of organizations and programs that were awarded grants in 2012. These awards have touched all our lives, children and adults alike, through civic, scholastic, religious, historical, athletic, recreational, arts, entertainment, health, and science initiatives.