Caesars woos voters for casino project

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Major US casino operator Caesars Entertainment has set up an elaborate pitch to woo Virginia voters into accepting the proposed $400m luxury resort and casino for the city of Danville.

A Caesars for Danville Campaign Committee has been set up by the company with the aim of convincing voters that the project, with its accompanying 900 construction jobs, 1,300 operational jobs and $34m annual tax revenues for the city, is the right move.

The resort will have 300 rooms, a spa, pool, casino, 2,500-seat entertainment theatre, 35,000sq.ft of convention space, bars and restaurants. It will occupy the former Dan River Mills School site.

The company’s campaign committee includes some heavyweight names: Delegate Danny Marshall, the Mayor Alonzo Jones, Averett University’s Tiffany Franks and minority investor Tammy Wright-Warren.

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Said Mayor Jones: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community and breathes life back into an old industrial site.”

The referendum takes place on September 18.

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