Wild Rose Jefferson GroundbreakingMonday, June 30, 2014
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Wild Rose Jefferson and Grow Greene County Gaming Celebrate Official Groundbreaking on Casino Project
JEFFERSON, Iowa (June 30, 2014) – Wild Rose Jefferson will officially break ground with a ceremonial turn of the spade on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the casino site on the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 4.
The event will commemorate the first major benchmark since the company and Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. received the enabling gaming licenses for the project on June 12, 2014, from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. In addition to company leaders, local officials and media, Wild Rose Jefferson and GGCGC have invited members of the IRGC, and Rep. Chip Baltimore from Boone has agreed to speak.
"The official groundbreaking is a fitting tribute to kick off what we expect to be a 13-month construction process," said Tom Timmons, president and COO of Wild Rose Jefferson. "We continue to be honored by the work and efforts of the people of Greene County, and we're excited to see this project moving forward."
WHAT: Ceremonial ground breaking for Wild Rose Jefferson.
WHERE: Wild Rose Jefferson site: Northwest corner of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 4.
WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 1 p.m.
FEATURED: Speakers include dignitaries representing local, regional and state entities and governments.
Wild Rose Jefferson is expected to open in late summer 2015. The Greene County project, which includes a casino, hotel and events center, will add 275 jobs as well as payroll and benefits of $7 million annually to the local economy.
For more information, contact:
Jamie Buelt, spokesperson
515-249-1857 · 360-961-0096
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Wild Rose Jefferson Receives LicenseThursday, June 12, 2014
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IRGC Approves License for Greene County Casino
BURLINGTON, Iowa (June 12, 2014) — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission today awarded a license for the Greene County casino proposed by Wild Rose Jefferson and Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. The commission approved the license with a 3-to-2 vote.
“We are very appreciative of the vote today. We know that the commissioners take great care and effort in making these decisions, and we thank each of them for their commitment to the process,” said Tom Timmons, president and chief operating officer of Wild Rose Entertainment. “Our application was as compelling as any I have ever seen in my 25-plus years in the Iowa gaming industry. We offered the commission all of the things they look for in a license applicant: the integrity of our existing operations, overwhelming local support, regional support from contiguous counties and the preservation of stability in the industry.”
Wild Rose has been working with city and county officials in Greene County over the past several months in preparation for the IRGC decision. Company officials expect to start the construction process immediately with an official groundbreaking being held within the next 30 days.
“To say that we are thrilled with this decision is an understatement,” said Peg Raney, secretary of the Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. “So many facets of our community came together to make this possible, and we needed every single one of them—the business community, young people, retirees, volunteers, elected officials and our neighbors in surrounding counties. This project has unified a variety of interests because we all share the vision and mission of helping Greene County and this region to grow in the future.”
The company is constructing a $40-million gaming resort and entertainment venue in Jefferson at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 4. In addition to the 18,000-square-foot casino with approximately 525 slot machines and 14 table games, the entertainment resort will feature: an events center, sports bar, restaurant and a 71-room hotel, developed by BriMark Builders, LLC.
“This is one of the biggest and best things to happen in Greene County since maybe hybrid seed corn was developed,” noted Chuck Offenburger, blogger, former Des Moines Register columnist and Greene County resident. “It’s going to have that big of an economic impact. Our people have never united and worked together on a project like they have on this one. Having available jobs, a very comfortable lifestyle, new entertainment possibilities and new financial resources is going to jump-start population growth here – at long last. And, I don’t think it’s going to be cannibalizing any other casino operation when it happens here.”
Wild Rose officials estimate the company will hire 275 employees and add a payroll and benefits package to the local economy worth $7 million. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(k).
Grow Greene County, the qualified sponsoring organization, has negotiated a 5-percent share of the casino’s adjusted gross receipts. In December 2013, Grow Greene County announced that it would share the estimated $1.5 million in proceeds and make up to 20 percent available to nonprofits and civic projects in its neighboring counties of Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie and Webster.
“It’s going to make Greene County a more fun place to live too,” Offenburger added.
The construction process should take approximately 13 months, and Timmons says he believes the facility would be up and running for a late summer 2015 opening.
Wild Rose was founded in 2004 by Iowa businessmen Gary Kirke and Michael Richards. The company owns and operates two casinos: Wild Rose Emmetsburg and Wild Rose Clinton. Since earning its first license in 2005, the company has generated approximately $25 million for charities and community projects in Palo Alto and Clinton counties and paid more than $115 million in state and local taxes.
Contact: Jamie Buelt, spokesperson
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