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Beloit Proposed Tribal Casino Resort Seals Fate with Bureau of Indian Affairs Meeting

Beloit, Wisconsin is rapidly approaching the realization of a tribal casino which has been in the works for about a decade now. Ho-Chunk Nation proposed the idea of a casino resort back in December 2017 and this week the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has set a special session on 17th August in relation to that.

This month is set to finally see a development and a step forward with the proposed casino resort which had the potential to shape the local field and introduce a breath of fresh air to it. According to the recently announced plans later this month a meeting would be held in Washington dedicating the officials’ efforts to the review of the proposed casino project. Evaluation of the pros and cons of such construction is going to take place which essentially defines this step as one of the most vital ones.

With the help of this meeting the Bureau is going to shed more light to the project and whether or not to place it on the federal registry. If this happens, there would be a public hearing scheduled in the following weeks which to gauge the general opinion of the community. The next step would then be sending the project for review by the Governor. This could happen after the General Election set to take place on 6th November. These are all important steps which are mandatory for the development of the proposed casino resort and should not be overlooked.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. has previously expressed his support for the venture and this is expected to be of great benefit for any future discussions. Even though the support has been vocalized, a written confirmation would also be needed in this case and this could happen in the upcoming days, as a request has already been sent. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., have previously made clear their position in support of the project.

Casino Resort Elevated Tribal Gaming to a New Level

It has been previously disclosed that the tribal project is estimated to cost some $405.5 million to its developers, bringing a premium level of gaming and hospitality experience to its guests. According to the previous evaluation, this new resort is going to boost the local labor market with the help of introducing some 1,500 new full-time jobs to the region. The hotel itself would have 300 hotel rooms and suites available for booking.

There would also be more family-friendly offerings available on site, among which a water park of 40,000 square feet, as well as an entertainment venue which would span over 30,000 square feet. An attractive event space is always a good feature preferred by developers, as it has the potential to attract big performances and even more people than usual.

Local businesses would also become part of the construction work and the overall operation, as the tribal developers are willing to bring things full circle. Companies and restaurants would be encouraged to team up with the tribal resort. The debated site of construction is located near the corner of Willowbrook and Colley Road. In the meantime, another casino venue is racing towards being built earlier in Rockford.

Illinois Senator Dave Syverson and some of the Winnebago Country board members are among the supporters having expressed their desire to see a casino venue built in the city. A casino resort in Beloit would result in people from the neighboring communities such as the Winnebago and Boone Counties making their way and essentially pouring their money away from the local entertainment and hospitality facilities.

If the Illinois state works on its gambling expansion and introduces new regulations, a casino venue could be introduced, but for the time being it all remains in the realm of the unknown.

 Author: Harrison Young

Harrison Young is an experienced writer, who started his career almost 8 years ago. Prior to joining our team at CasinoGamesPro, he worked as an editor for a small magazine.