Vote yes on One Casino + Resort


RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – Last week I discussed the importance of your vote. I am very confident that the people of Virginia will vote in large numbers now and until election day. It’s a great feeling.

For those of you who live in the city of Richmond, most of you now know that you have a referendum on the ballot to vote yes or no for a new casino and complex in South Richmond .

It didn’t take long for me to form my opinion on the right choice, especially when I looked at all the huge benefits that come with this great opportunity for Richmond and the greater Richmond area. Entertainment coupled with economic development is a definite yes for me.

On a personal level, can I tell you a secret? I love going to Vegas and I don’t even gamble. I like it for big hotels, entertainment, shows, music, restaurants and the opportunity to relax every now and then. I am also jealous of their enormous tourism.

But that’s just the icing on the cake of the One Casino + Resort project. As someone who loves Richmond and all that provides the people of Richmond with opportunities for economic growth, job creation, diversity and inclusion at all levels, it’s a given. From the bottom to the top of this project, there is diversity and inclusion like I’ve never seen with any other project.

So what do I mean by economic growth? This project will bring $ 500 million in new tax revenue to the City of Richmond over 10 years. I repeat, $ 500 million. This means more money for schools, roads, improved infrastructure and tax breaks for the citizens of Richmond. We simply cannot afford to say no to a 100% privately funded project that will not cost taxpayers a dime.

Believe me when I say this is a great economic opportunity for the South Richmond neighborhood. There will be 3,000 construction jobs and 1,500 new permanent jobs. It is an opportunity for some of our citizens to have the possibility of obtaining excellent full-time jobs at attractive salaries.

I could really go on and on, but I’ll just say this. Richmond is a great place to live and we must continue to be a forward looking city and region. When projects like this happen in the city and county, it opens the door to other opportunities for all citizens of Richmond. If a city does not continue to grow, it will die.

So, for those of you in Richmond, turn that ballot over and vote Yes. And for all, go to: and read and see for yourself why this is great for Richmond.

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