East Windsor and Windsor Locks Advance to Next Phase of Site Selection Process

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(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.
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