Virginia: Richmond issues request for casino project proposals ahead of 2021 referendum

Eleven months ahead of a local referendum on whether to permit casino gambling, Richmond officials Monday issued a request for casino resort development plans in the city.

Richmond officials said they want proposals that can accomplish about a dozen different objectives aimed at creating economic and development opportunities while mitigating any potential adverse impacts on neighbors and city residents.

“This competitive selection process will allow us to find the best opportunity for Richmond, an economic development project that includes well-paying jobs and workforce training opportunities,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement Monday. “Ultimately, the operator selected for this project must bring to the table the economic opportunity and community benefits voters will support in November.”

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