TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Terre Haute City Council voted 6-2 Thursday night during a meeting to back Hard Rock, LLC in its’ attempt to obtain a casino license.

“My deciding factor is that it is a local businessman who is proposing it,” Councilman George Azar said. “He’s been involved in the community for many, many, many years.”

Four companies are currently in competition to receive the license after a majority of Vigo County voters voted “yes” to a casino coming to the area nearly two years ago. They include Churchill Downs, Full House Resorts, Premiere Gaming and the Hard Rock.

“In order for the gaming commission to maybe aid them in their decision, they’d like support from the local Legislative body, and being that Hard Rock is being proposed by a local businessman who gives a lot of time and effort to this community, I just felt like this was something I needed to support,” Azar said.

Although this did not decide who will get the gaming license, it is still up to the Indiana Gaming Commission, Terre Haute City Attorney Eddie Felling said the decision can have an effect on the outcome.

“I would just note that this does have a profound impact on the decision-making process, it is a factor that the gaming commission can consider when ultimately making the decision which is just around the corner,” Felling said.

Azar said that whatever the IGC ends up deciding, he hopes it will bring more jobs and tourists to the area to help boost the economy.

“I think the other casinos have good presentations, good ideas and I hope whoever comes, it’ll benefit the city and the county and those of us who live here,” Azar said.

The IGC will meet on Nov. 17 to listen to each of the companies 30-minute presentations. Commission members will also be announcing their decision at the meeting.