Casino Developments and Improvements
The new Watonga casino expansion project will replace the old casino by adding a state of the art casino that will feature amenities including: 350 games, a new restaurant and a new lounge. The Tribes will also add a Hotel and Conference Center that includes an indoor swimming pool. The casino expansion and added amenities will add more job opportunities for tribal members in the Watonga and Geary communities. The Governor anticipates the ground breaking to be in the Spring of 2019.
The Governor is pleased to announce that all 6 casinos now have a tribal member hired in the General Manager positions. Additionally, Mr. Charlie Welbourne, who is also a tribal member, has recently been hired as the CEO for all Casinos. He comes to the Tribes with many years of casino and regulatory experience. In addition, since the beginning of 2018, the casinos have hired a total of 134 additional employees with 84 of them being tribal members. The tribal member employment numbers at the casinos have increased from 42% to 48% respectively. The casino revenues continue to increase on a monthly basis, ensuring more funds for tribal programs and per cap.
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