Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes Announce Community Conversation in Windsor Locks

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that a community conversation will be held in the auditorium at Windsor Locks High School at 7PM on January 26th. 

“It’s no secret that we believe we’ll bring a ton of resources to whatever town is ultimately chosen and to the region as a whole,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler. “Especially now, when the state is faced with the possibility of additional cuts to municipal aide, the millions in tax revenue we would bring to a community will help to keep costs down and possibly lower taxes for residents. Working together with the community, we can build a sustainable local and regional economy that benefits everyone.”  

“We’re not coming to this meeting with fancy renderings or a signed agreement,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown. “We want to be good neighbors, and a huge part of that is engaging local residents to hear their concerns and answer their questions. It’s also a chance for us to clearly outline the positive elements we want to bring to the community, like the good paying jobs with good benefits that are so in need right now. We look forward to beginning this conversation next week, and to working with communities in the weeks and months ahead.”

Locations in Windsor Locks include Bradley International Airport and the Thrall Tobacco Farm site on Old County Road, optimally situated on Route US-20 by the I-91 interchange. The Thrall property was previously considered as a location for the Simon retail outlets. A picture of the site is below: 

Thrall property

“As we evaluate this opportunity, it is important that the citizens of Windsor Locks have access to detailed and accurate information,” said Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick. “This meeting will provide all of us with an opportunity to become better informed and I appreciate willingness of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes to share their vision with the people of Windsor Locks.”

Recently, the state’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) found that MGM's project will further hurt state finances by nearly $70 million in its first year of operation. A study commissioned by the tribes reports that more than 9,000 jobs will be lost if the state takes no action to compete against the billion dollar casino under construction in Springfield.
 
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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Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes Announce Community Conversation in East Windsor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JANUARY 17, 2017
Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that a community conversation will be held in the auditorium at East Windsor Middle School at 7PM on January 24th. 

“We’re not coming to this meeting with fancy renderings or a signed agreement,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown.  “We want to be good neighbors, and a huge part of that is engaging local residents to hear their concerns and answer their questions.  It’s also a chance for us to clearly outline the positive elements we want to bring to the community, like the good paying jobs with good benefits that are so in need right now. We look forward to beginning this conversation next week, and to working with communities in the weeks and months ahead.”

“It’s no secret that we believe we’ll bring a ton of resources to whatever town is ultimately chosen and to the region as a whole,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler.  “Especially now, when the state is faced with the possibility of additional cuts to municipal aid, the millions in tax revenue we would bring to a community will help to keep costs down and possibly lower taxes for residents.  Working together with the community, we can build a sustainable local and regional economy that benefits everyone.”  

“I am pleased that East Windsor is one of two towns being considered for a world class entertainment and gaming facility,” said East Windsor First Selectman Robert Maynard.  “East Windsor looks forward to working with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations to create a facility that will be to everyone’s benefit.”

Recently, the state’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) found that MGM's project will further hurt state finances by nearly $70 million in its first year of operation. A study commissioned by the tribes reports that more than 9,000 jobs will be lost if the state takes no action to compete against the billion dollar casino under construction in Springfield.
 
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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East Windsor and Windsor Locks Advance to Next Phase of Site Selection Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JANUARY 6, 2017
Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400


(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that East Windsor and Windsor Locks are advancing to the next phase of the site selection process. Accordingly, East Hartford, Hartford and South Windsor are no longer under consideration for the new entertainment and gaming facility.
 
“We sincerely appreciate East Hartford, Hartford and South Windsor’s interest in working with us on this critically important project.  They could not have been better partners,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown. “But despite a willingness to work together and a real belief in the value of this large investment, we couldn’t find a location that met our criteria. But that said, we believe that once a site is selected, it’s going to be a boost for the entire region, and each of these towns will without question benefit.”
 
“We want to thank each town that has expressed interest in being a partner with us, and for their patience as we completed our exhaustive review of each site,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler. “After a detailed economic analysis, we’ve determined that East Windsor and Windsor Locks align best with our development models and preserve more jobs and revenue for the state.  Ultimately, wherever we build this facility, we are committed to be excellent neighbors, dedicated to helping the Capitol Region succeed.”
 
The tribes are currently working with town officials in both municipalities to set up local forums to discuss the issue with the local community.  More details about those meetings will be released in the coming weeks.
 
Recently, the state’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) found that MGM's project will further hurt state finances by nearly $70 million in its first year of operation. A study commissioned by the tribes reports that more than 9,000 jobs will be lost if the state takes no action to compete against the billion dollar casino under construction in Springfield.
 
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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MMCT RECEIVES AMENDED AND NEW PROPOSALS FOR NEW FACILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 17, 2016

Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400

Additional Sites in East Windsor & South Windsor Join Existing or Amended Applications in East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks

(HARTFORD, CT) – MMCT Venture today announced that East Windsor and South Windsor have joined East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks as possible locations for a new facility owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes designed to save jobs and revenue in Connecticut. MMCT also received an application from Plymouth, but the application is not being considered because it falls outside the scope of the RFP.

After receiving amended proposals from communities that responded to the initial Request for Proposals (RFP), MMCT Venture announced in September that they would reopen the RFP, with new submissions welcomed by October 15th.

“Now more than ever, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are confident that the site we select will make our facility competitive with MGM Springfield,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. “We look forward to reviewing and comparing these new and amended submissions and continuing a dialogue with Connecticut’s communities about how we can work together to save jobs and revenue in our state.”

“Our two tribes are now one step closer to keeping thousands of jobs and millions of dollars within Connecticut’s borders,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. “MMCT Venture is eager to explore our options, and ultimately build this facility in a community that values the tax revenue we’ll bring to the town’s grand list.”

Pearce Real Estate, a Connecticut-based real estate company, administered the RFP.  Evaluation of the proposals is underway.

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STATEMENT ON OFA REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 11, 2016

Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Andrew Doba, spokesman for MMCT Venture, the company formed by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, released the following statement in response to the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) report. The report found that MGM's project will further hurt state finances by nearly $70 million in its first year of operation. 

"We are fully aware of the negative impact MGM's facility will have on both jobs and revenue. A hit like this to the state's bottom line will lead to more cuts to essential social services, and more tough choices for our state leaders. We need to get this right and make sure that losses of this magnitude never come to fruition." 

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AFTER BEING PRESENTED WITH AMENDED APPLICATIONS, TRIBES REOPEN RFP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that after receiving amended applications for the third casino project, they are reopening the Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to ensure that the process is fair and transparent.

“We know that folks are anxious for this process to move forward, and so are we,” said Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown. “But as much as we want to get shovels in the ground, we also want to make absolutely certain that we invest hundreds of millions of our own money in the right site.  This facility needs to be successful if we’re going to save the thousands of jobs that are at stake, and we’re grateful that we have so many partners who see the tremendous potential for this project.”

“We’ve said from the beginning that we want to build this facility in a place that values the large investment we’re going to make,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler.  “We believe it’s important for each and every community to know exactly what’s happening and where they stand, and so in the interest of fairness to those that applied, we’ve decided to continue the process so we can consider these latest proposals and any new submissions. We’ll be making a decision in the near future, and look forward to the extensive public discussion that will come along with naming a finalist site.”

The new deadline for submission is October 15, 2016. As soon as MMCT has reviewed and considered the submissions, a set of finalist sites will be announced and an extensive public engagement campaign will begin in each of the finalist communities.

Municipalities or other interested parties with questions can submit them to Pearce Real Estate at MMCT@hpearce.com.  Responses to those questions will be posted on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the Pearce website. Completed applications should also be send to MMCT@hpearce.com.

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Bureau Of Indian Affairs Confirms Amendments Will Protect Connecticut Taxpayers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 26, 2016
Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, announced today that they have received confirmation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that the proposed changes to their agreements with the state will ensure that the revenue the two tribes provide to the state is not jeopardized if state law is changed to permit a third casino jointly owned and operated by the tribes. 

Issued in a letter signed by Larry Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs, the letter states that the "proposed amendment generally confirms that a proposed State of Connecticut (State) law authorizing a new State-regulated casino would not violate the Tribe's existing exclusivity arrangement if the casino is jointly and exclusively owned by" the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes
 
Securing this confirmation is seen as a vital component of the effort to build a third casino that will protect Connecticut jobs and revenue.  The tribes will use this language as the basis for a more complete package they will send to the General Assembly next year.  
 
“The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans are committed to preserving our relationship with Connecticut,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. "Our ROI on a new casino would be better in another state or even another country, but it's very important to us that we do right by the people of Connecticut. We are grateful to the BIA for this confirmation, and look forward to continuing our work with state leaders in the months ahead.”
 
The existing agreements were drafted in the 1990s, allowing the two federally recognized tribes exclusively to operate gaming facilities on their reservations in exchange for 25% of their slot machine revenue. For more than two decades, the tribes have contributed over $7 billion in revenue to the state, funding that has gone to a host of essential services, like public education and public safety.  
 
“Our Tribes have called this land home long before it was named Connecticut, and we refuse to sit back and watch a casino company from Las Vegas take our jobs and revenue," said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. "Working together with state leaders, we're fighting to build a third gaming facility and mitigate these losses. This confirmation from the BIA is an important step in the process, and we want to thank everyone for their work.”

The amendment language addresses concerns outlined last year by the Attorney General and ensures that, if the two tribes receive authorization to open a third casino -- mitigating the historic loss of gaming revenue and jobs that would result from the opening of MGM's new Springfield casino -- the new facility would not affect their current agreements to pay 25% of their slot revenue from Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to the state.  
 
MMCT Venture was created in September to preserve jobs and revenue in the state of Connecticut.  To learn more, go to www.ctjobsmatter.com.

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STATEMENT ON COMMERCE COMMITTEE VOTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 17, 2016

Contact: Andrew Doba | andrew@stuloeser.com | (203) 850-7400

(HARTFORD, CT) – Following an outcry of protest from employees, elected officials, representatives from the building trades, small business owners and others, the Commerce Committee today voted against HB 5577. Andrew Doba, spokesman for MMCT Venture, the company formed by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, released the following statement:

"The issue at hand is simple. If we do nothing to compete against MGM Springfield, Connecticut will lose more than 9,000 jobs and over $100 million in state tax revenue. Those are the facts, and we appreciate the support we're getting from the many legislators who want to make sure that doesn't happen."  

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