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Majority of Enid Residents Give Their Blessing to Tribal Casino Venue, Surveys Show

In a couple of recently introduced polls the community of Enid town, Oklahoma made it clear that they support the construction of a new casino venue to their region, as this could prove beneficial for the local economy. It could be recalled that the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe is striving to build its very own tribal casino venue, which had its project presented in front of the authorities last week.

Tribal casinos are able to provide players with a premium level of gambling with their specific offerings, which his the main reason why the Indian tribe is willing to operate its very own gambling facility in the area. Over the span of the past couple of weeks, there have been two surveys conducted aiming to probe the general opinion of the community towards said casino facility. The first one goes by the name of The Enid Casino Perception Study and it was conducted by Sooner Poll, striving to shed more light onto the region.

Casino Support Could Boost the Process

According to the information provided by this poll, some 60.3 percent of the residents of the area are willing to welcome a new gambling venue in their town. This is projected to bring considerable benefits to the region. As it has been previously projected, a tribal casino venue would be able to attract more than 370,000 casino patrons over the span of a single year of operation.

Residents had the chance to voice their opinion in relation to the tribal casino venue by being questioned over the phone, making the whole process much easier and time-efficient. The second survey which covered Enid was parallelly conducted by Enid News & Eagle and the results featured in it confirmed the already established idea, that the community backs the idea. According to it, some 62 percent of the people that live in the town state the region is in need of brick-and-mortar tribal casino offerings.

This second poll was conducted online, meaning that the participants had to voluntarily cast their vote instead of being questioned over the phone. The time span of this poll was also shorter, as it was posted on Saturday, shortly after the presentation of the casino plans took place. It should be taken into account, that the tribe does not necessarily need the approval of city members in order to move ahead and commence work on the tribal gaming venue.

Tribe Still Seeks Approval

Nevertheless, the tribe strives to make sure that the majority of residents are willing to accept a casino venue within the borders of the city. Now that the support has been confirmed, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe would have to obtain the parcel of land into trust, allowing them to build on it.

For the time being, officials maintain the position that they are still reviewing the application filed in, but experts state that the process needs more transparency and more action to be taking place. The governor would also have to greenlight the process, as his approval could be easily received with the boost of the community polls. At the said meeting the plan revealed that the land lot reaches 5.4 acres near the substantial Government Springs South park and Greenbrier Village.

Some $10 million would be poured in the project so that a pinpointed building could undergo reconstruction and complete refurbishing. The transformation would result in a 20,000 square feet of gaming offerings elevating the gamers experience in the region of east Enid. Projections for some $27.3 million in revenue provided by local patrons and people traveling from other states have also been issued in the public. People seeking employment would also be positively impacted by the new tribal gaming facility since as many as 157 new job positions would be opened with its launch.

 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.