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Monday, November 16, 2015 6:32 am

Bell to lead casino group

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette
Former northeast Indiana lawmaker Matt Bell has been tapped to take over as president of the Casino Association of Indiana.

Bell left the Indiana House in 2010 and served as the founding CEO of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana before moving to Ivy Tech Corporate College.

He started a lobbying firm, Catalyst Public Affairs Group, in 2013. Catalyst will also serve as a consulting firm to the casino association.

"I am humbled and honored that the board of the Casino Association of Indiana has entrusted me to lead this important association," Bell said in a news release. "Indiana's casino gaming entertainment industry is a vital contributor to our state's economy. It supports employment and spurs economic development in communities throughout our great state."

During his time in the Indiana House, Bell became an expert in alcohol and gambling issues. He also finished a four-year stint in 2014 on the Indiana Gaming Commission.

He replaces Mike Smith as president of the association. Smith - also a former state representative - led the group for 13 years.

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