BREAKING: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians proposing casino and resort close to the Pinnacle in Washington County, VA
Leaders with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have reached an agreement to develop and run a proposed casino close to the Pinnacle in Washington County, VA.
According to Chief Richard Sneed, the proposed casino would be apart of a 350 acre tract and include facilities like a 15,000 seat outdoor concert venue, a hotel with an indoor waterpark, and recreational facilities.
“I have visited the site along I-81 and I am impressed with its strategic, gateway location that serves a five-state area,” says Sneed. “It is our wish to bring new tax revenue and jobs to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region in a positive and impactful way.”
The EBCI is nationally known for operating Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Hotel and Casino in Cherokee, NC. The proposed casino is planned to sit adjacent to the Pinnacle.
“Our agreement with Chief Sneed of the EBCI is an extraordinary opportunity to bring an experienced casino owner-operator to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region,” Johnson explains. “We look forward to working with the Cherokee Nation, local leaders, and elected officials in Richmond to bring this massive opportunity to fruition.”
“Our casino will be a powerful anchor for much needed economic development for Washington County, Bristol, and the region,” says Sneed. “We look forward to working with community leaders to assure shared success for us all.”
Negotiators are working to finalize the plans.
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