Connecticut tribes no closer to choosing site for potential casino

Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin Brown, left, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler. Photo from CT Jobs Matter

Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are reopening the bidding process for a potential new casino.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe had originally planned to select a host community by the end of 2015. The goal was to secure approval from state lawmakers this year.

But that deadline slipped to 2017 and now it might be pushed out even further. The tribes are seeking new submissions up until October 15.

The tribe hope a third casino will counteract competition from neighboring Massachusetts. MGM Resorts International, a non-Indian firm, is opening a $950 million commercial facility in Springfield, just a few miles from the Connecticut border.

MGM Springfield is due to open in September 2018 so the tribes still have time to get their proposal off the ground.

Read More on the Story:
Tribes Will Reopen Search for Possible Casino Locations (The Hartford Courant 9/16)
Tribes extend timetable for proposing third casino site (The Hartford Business Journal 9/16)
Tribes continue search for third casino location (The New London Day 9/16)
Connecticut tribes reopen application process for casino to compete with MGM Springfield (MassLive 9/16)

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