FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 1, 2015
Municipalities Can Now Apply to Host New Facility
(HARTFORD, CT) – MMCT, the partnership entity between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, today released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the new facility that will be located in the Hartford area. The release of the RFP is a critical step in the fight to save Connecticut jobs.
“It is with a deep sense of the history of this moment that our two nations move forward on this joint venture to protect the jobs, revenue and partnership we have enjoyed with the State of Connecticut for over twenty years,” the RFP reads. “We take very seriously our responsibility to deliver a first rate, sustainable project to our home state, and we believe fundamentally that all interested communities and their leaders will share this commitment with us.”
Pearce Real Estate, a woman-owned, Connecticut based commercial real estate company is administering the RFP. The deadline to submit proposals is no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2015. Proposals will be evaluated immediately thereafter. A selection will be made by December 15, 2015.
“One of the main things that distinguishes us in this effort to meet our competition head on is that we view this development, as well as our other on- and off-reservation activities, through the lens of centuries. We are bound to honor our ancestors and to leave a better place for our grandchildren, and this commitment is fundamental to all that we do. This project must be done well, it must be done right, and it must be done in a manner consistent with our shared values.”
The RFP outlines clear parameters for municipalities, including the need for partners to:
• Be committed to the protection and preservation of Connecticut jobs;
• Be committed to a sustainable, regional approach to development and to leveraging the gaming facility to create jobs and development opportunities for the region;
• Recognize and welcome us as active and willing members of the community with a genuine stake in a well-managed and well-sited facility;
• Understand that the gaming market in New England is extremely competitive and that as a result sufficient public infrastructure, tax policies, and willing and well-trained workforces are essential to winning the regional battle for jobs and revenue; and
• Demonstrate an ability and willingness to work with landowners, developers, labor and other stakeholders to achieve our common goal of completing a project quickly and efficiently.
A recent study estimated that new casinos in New York and Massachusetts will have a severe impact on the industry in Connecticut, with 9,300 people at risk of losing their jobs if no action is taken.