Why A New Casino Resort Is A Good Bet For Beaver County

Why A New Casino Resort Is A Good Bet For Beaver County


GOOD NEWS CONTINUES TO COME FROM BEAVER COUNTY. FIRST THE CRACKER PLANT AND NOW AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY MOUNT AYRY CASINO RESORT. WHERE THAT HAVE CHOSEN A PATH FOR A NEW LUXURY DESTINATION CASINO RESORT. VINCENT JORDAN IS VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND GAMING OPERATIONS FOR MOUNT AYRY. THEY JOIN US IN THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE WITH MORE DETAILS ON THIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WELCOME TO THE SHOW GUYS. CONGRATULATIONS. I THINK IT’S TERRIFIC HAVING ANOTHER CASINO IN THIS AREA. VINCENT I’M GOING TO ASK YOU. PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD OF MOUNT AYRY BUT IT IS A VERY BIG CASINO IN THE POCONOS. IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT TO SEE IF A WORLD CLASS RESORT. WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING THAT SAME EXPERIENCE TO PITTSBURGH. ALTHOUGH THIS IS A MINI CASINO BECAUSE UNDER THE STATE LAW IT’S SMALLER AND IT HAS TO BE SMALLER. AT LEAST THE CASINO PART THAT IS RIGHT, JOHN. IF I PUT A PROPER PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF SCALE. TODAY WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 1860 SLOT MACHINES. HERE IT WILL HAVE 750 SLOT MACHINES. SO MAKE 30-40%. YES. AND YOU WILL HAVE GAMING TABLES. TABLE GAMES WE WOULD INITIALLY OPEN WITH 30 AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR ADD AN ADDITIONAL STEP FOR A TOTAL OF 40 TABLE GAMES. MOUNT AYRY’S ARRIVAL IS A BIG COO FOR BEAVER COUNTY. SO DAN, TELL ME WHAT YOU SAID TO THESE GUYS. HOW DID YOU GET THEM TO COME TO BEAVER COUNTY? THERE ARE NO INCENTIVES. I THINK THEY HAD A STRATEGIC PLAN OF WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR. OR EXIT 376 PENNSYLVANIA TURN PIEING. I THINK ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS IS, THIS IS NOT JUST A BEAVER COUNTY PROJECT, THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PROJECT. SO I THINK WE DIDN’T TAKE THIS FROM ANY OTHER COUNTIES, BUT THIS WILL EVENT ALL THE COUNTIES IN THE REGION. SOME OF YOUR COMMISSIONERS OUTSIDE OF BEAVER DON’T TAKE IT THAT WAY. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR GETTING THIS. THE LOCATION DOES SEEM IDEAL. I ASSUME YOU WILL ATTRACT PEOPLE FROM OHIO AS WELL. SO WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL AMENITIES THAT YOU HOPE TO HAVE AT THIS PARTICULAR CASINO THAT MIGHT ATTRACT ME TO MOUNT AYRY AS OPPOSED TO RIVERS OR MEADOWS? SURE. AGAIN, JOHN, MOUNT AYRY FIRST OF ALL IS A FOUR DIAMOND RESORT. THERE IS — AND IT’S A FULL SERVICE RESORT. YOU MEAN THROUGH HOTELS AND SWIMMING POOLS AND THINGS LIKE THAT? THAT MEANS FROM A CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDPOINT, IT’S A PARTICULARLY HIGH LEVEL. AS WELL AS IT’S SUPPORTED BY ALL THE AMENITIES. THOSE AMENITIES DOES INCLUDE WHICH WE PLAN TO BRING A FULL SERVICE SPA, HOTEL, EVENT CENTER, HOTEL. WE PLAN TO ADD A PAVILION, AN ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX. SO THERE IS A HOST OF OTHER ASPECTS THAT WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING ON BOARD AS WELL. WHICH IS WHY THE BEAVER SITE FITS WELL WITHIN OUR PORTFOLIO BECAUSE AS I STATED AT THE ONSET, WE SIT ON 1,000-ACRE IN THE POCONOS. WE NEEDED A FOOTPRINT THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO GROW IN THE FUTURE. WE HAVE ABOUT 100 ACRES. WE HAVE 110 ACRES. AND I WOULD SUSPECT THAT BETWEEN THE HOTEL AND THE EVENT CENTER AND GAMING THAT WOULD TAKE UP ABOUT 40 OF THOSE ACRES. SO HERE’S THE KEY QUESTION FOR THOSE OF US THAT DO TO A CASINO FROM TIME TO TIME, HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU GET TO MOUNT AYRY, PITTSBURGH? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE ACTION UP THERE? THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE STILL SORTING OUT TODAY. AS WE JUST ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY. WE ARE LOOKING TO OPEN THE FACILITY LATE NEXT YEAR. LATE IN 2019. YOU CAN GET IT UP AND RUNNING THAT QUICKLY? THAT IS OUR FINAL GOAL. SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR BEAVER COUNTY? I THINK FIRST, JOHN, WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER GOOD CORPORATE PARTNER IN BEAVER COUNTY. WE ALREADY HAVE ONE WITH SHELL. NOW WE WILL HAVE ONE WITH MOUNT AIRY. THEY HAVE GIVEN OVER $1 MILLION TO CHARITIES. THEY WILL FULFILL THAT HERE, I BELIEVE. ALSO THIS WILL BRING REVENUE INTO THE COUNTY. WE WILL USE THIS MONEY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ET SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE A WIN-WIN AND WELCOME TO PITTSBURGH. WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU. DAN, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK YOU DO IN BEAVER COUNTY. WE’LL HAVE YOU BACK FOR SURE. WE WILL. WHEN THE SUNDAY BUSINESS PAGE CONTINUES, WHY A BEAUTY

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