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Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes Release New Rendering of East Windsor Entertainment and Gaming Facility

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today released an updated rendering of their East Windsor entertainment and gaming facility.  The renderings were submitted to the town as a part of the local approval process. 

“From the start, we pledged to create a world class facility that will be a draw for people throughout the entire region ,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler. “These renderings help bring to life our vision for this site, and we thank the town for working with us every step of the way through the local approval process.”

“This gaming and entertainment facility will create jobs and will provide additional revenue to the state at a time when every dollar is precious,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown. “We are full steam ahead and excited by the tremendous progress we’ve made to date.”

The proposed development will be a 188,000 square foot world-class gaming and entertainment facility with roughly 1,800 slot machines, 50 table games and 10 poker tables.  Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2018, with an opening date tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2020.

The tribes recently pledged local hiring goals that would create at least 650 jobs for Hartford area residents, with specific goals broken down by community as follows:

●      Hartford – 325

●      East Hartford – 150

●      East Windsor, Windsor Locks and other nearby communities – 175

“Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have created good paying jobs with benefits for many working families,” said Beverley Brakeman, Assistant Director of the United Auto Workers Region 9A. “Getting this project up and running in East Windsor is critical to ensure that Connecticut’s casino industry continues to offer its gaming residents a high quality experience provided by highly skilled and competent employees.”

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“When construction begins on this project, it’s going to put more than 2,000 men and women in the building trades to work,” said Dave Roche, President of the CT Building Trades.  “Those jobs are going to make a real difference for hard working families who have been struggling to get by.”

These hiring goals mean that 75% of employees at the new facility will be existing employees who might otherwise lose their jobs. The new facility is expected to create or preserve nearly 4,300 jobs overall, some of which will be filled by existing Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods employees. Construction of the East Windsor casino will create an additional 2,300 jobs for the building trades.

MMCT Venture was created to preserve jobs and revenue in the state of Connecticut. To learn more, go to www.ctjobsmatter.com

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Benefits for East Windsor & Connecticut 

Under the Development Agreement reached between MMCT and the Town of East Windsor, East Windsor will receive: 

  • A $3 million payment due no later than 15 months prior to opening

  • An annual payment of $8.5 million - $5.5 million in property taxes and $3 million in additional funds 

If Senate Bill 957 is passed authorizing the construction of the East Windsor facility, Connecticut will receive: 

  • 25% of slot revenue 

  • 25% of table game revenue - 10% of which will go directly to the state, and 15% of which will support state tourism initiatives 


What's At Stake?

MGM Resorts International is building a $950 million casino in downtown Springfield, five miles from Connecticut’s border - 36 miles from Hartford.

Without action from Connecticut, we stand to lose more than 9,000 jobs and $100 million in state tax revenue.

If the state does nothing, Connecticut will lose ...

 

  • Over $702 million from its economy

  • Up to $100 million annually in the state tax revenue

  • And 9,300 direct and indirect gaming jobs

Two iconic competitors have come together to fight for Connecticut jobs.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe formalized a partnership and stand united to make sure that Connecticut jobs and revenue are preserved. Working together with municipalities and legislators, they plan to build a new facility, at their expense, and save thousands of jobs and millions in revenue.

A New Casino Development in Connecticut Brings Benefits to the Larger Community

Want proof? Look no further than to our hometowns. Crime is lower today than the day we opened our doors. Home prices are up. Residents now use new water and gas lines and travel on better roads.

We want to do the same thing wherever this new facility is located.

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If We Work Together, This Is a Fight We Can Win

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribe play a critical role in our state’s economy. Revenue from our gaming facilities is directed to 169 Connecticut towns and cities and plays an important part in improving our quality of life. Over the years, we've helped pay for countless improvements from open space to public education.

There’s much at stake.  By taking action now, we can:

  • Recapture 46.1% of the 9,300 jobs that will be lost in CT and 80% of the lost gaming and non-gaming revenue

  • Create a total of 6,584 jobs

  • Generate $337 million in gaming and non-gaming revenue

  • Generate nearly $77.9 million in taxes for CT

Join Us

 You can help now by speaking out and telling your local elected official that you support Connecticut in the fight to save jobs.

"Massachusetts has declared war on us and we are going to fight back...This is our clarion call. We're going to fight for jobs in eastern Connecticut."

-Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff