Danville City Council requesting proposals for casino operators

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville City Council is seeking proposals for a new casino.

Casinos are not permitted in the Commonwealth, but that may change in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly.

If the assembly approves of casinos, the final decision to permit a casino goes to voters via a referendum, said Arnold Hendrix, Danville City Spokesperson.

“The City Council has not taken an official position on how voters should vote if a referendum were held on casinos,” said Hendrix.

The council adopted a resolution in support of legislation in December 2018 that would enable and require a local referendum on the construction of a casino resort in Bristol, Danville, and other localities.

In the event that casinos are approved, the City Manager’s Office issued a Formal Request for Proposals “from companies interested in being designated as the developer and operator of a casino in the city,” according to a statement.

“We anticipate multiple companies will be interested. As they compete to do the business here, we will be evaluating several criteria, including their experience, the number of jobs their project would create, and other amenities it would include,” said City Manager Ken Larking.

The City manager emphasized the city’s role is to make sure a casino project is implemented in the best way possible.

Those interested in learning more details about submitting a casino proposal, click here.

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