The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the national trade group representing the commercial casino industry in the United States. The organization was founded in 1995, and its mission is to "create a better understanding and acceptance of the casino entertainment industry" and to promote the industry's "economic and social contributions" through research and education, advocacy, and strategic relationships with other organizations.
The AGA's membership includes commercial casinos, casino equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and other companies that support the casino industry. The organization represents the interests of the commercial casino industry before government officials, the media, and the general public, and provides its members with a variety of resources and services, including research and statistics, industry news, and advocacy support.
The AGA also works to promote responsible gaming and helps to fund research on problem gambling. The organization has also partnered with a number of other organizations to promote tourism, support economic development, and educate the public on the positive contributions of the casino industry.
Some of the important issues that the AGA focuses on include government relations and lobbying efforts, research and statistics, responsible gaming, and media and public relations. The organization also holds an annual Gaming Summit which brings together leaders from across the industry to discuss current trends and issues facing the industry.
AGA also works closely with state and federal legislators, regulators and other stakeholders to create a framework in which the industry can operate in an accountable, socially responsible, and economically sustainable manner. The AGA also focuses on providing education and information to casino employees and works to promote the industry’s economic and social contributions to the US economy.