February 27, 2017 (HARTFORD, CT) – The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, in their continuing effort to preserve jobs and revenue in Connecticut, today announced that they have selected East Windsor as the site for the proposed entertainment and gaming facility in the Hartford region.
“From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectman, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
“Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.”
A development agreement was voted on and passed unanimously by the East Windsor Board of Selectman on Saturday. The agreement, which is attached, states that MMCT will pay the Town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT will also pay the Town $3 million annually on top of regular tax payments, which are expected to total approximately $5.5 million per year.
MMCT has committed to use of union labor for construction of the facility. And the permanent jobs at the casino will be good paying jobs with good benefits.
The agreement emphasizes MMCT’s commitment to local hiring practices, stipulating that no less than 4% of the casino workforce will be made up of East Windsor residents, and no less than 15% of employees will live within a 25-mile radius of the facility. In pursuit of these ends, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will host two job fairs in East Windsor. About 75% of the positions at the new casino will be full-time.
The Tribes and the town will hold a signing ceremony on the agreement in the near future.
MMCT Venture was created to preserve jobs and revenue in the state of Connecticut. To learn more, go to www.ctjobsmatter.com