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Our Most Recent Past Has Not Served Us As The Future Is About To —

Our Most Recent Past Has Not Served Us As The Future Is About To

Having various options available is many times ideal, especially when faced with a community changing opportunity. As mentioned in prior articles here, Siouxland right now has but a brief moment to decide upon what direction we as a community should navigate while considering the opportunities available for a land based casino. The most immediate and easiest path  currently is to hastily select what our current operator (Penn Gaming) has chose to offer, but where are all the other options that can be brought to the table?  Well, for now that is the $100 million question. You see, wherever large amounts of money are at stake, the more advanced the maneuvering, politics and inside action. Our particular Casino opportunity appears to be  no exception to this rule.

In my opinion, our current operator of the Argosy Casino (Penn  Gaming http://www.pngaming.com) is working the inside as any cash rich entity would be expected to do.  Currently the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission  (IRGC)  http://www.iowa.gov/irgc has expressed through various action, favoring Penn Gaming as the only operator and has notified our nonprofit gaming license holder MRHD ( Missouri River Historical Development) Board to that effect. The IRGC has only given MRHD until June 7 to resolve this extraordinary opportunity.   The IRGC will not seem to entertain any understanding of “why” so little time is being given to the Sioux City community to thoughtfully research our options. It should be understood that “research” and “options” do not seem to be favored by the IRGC, only getting something done FAST!  As experienced before, it appears the State of Iowa is kicking Sioux City in the shins again. Do what we ask or we will treat you like that small community which is nearly in South Dakota, anyway.

If any doubts to IRGC’s intent, please review the attached letter received by State Representative Jeremy Taylor to that effect. Letter to Rep. Jeremy Taylor

So What’s the Problem?

You would think at this juncture, some of our options are “off the table”. Well not so fast, we have done our homework and had many discussions with several on the inside of this issue.

(1) Can the Iowa Gaming Commission take away our license if we do not resolve with Penn Gaming and take the crumbs they give us?

Answer: Not without a massive lawsuit that is currently being aggressively explored. With certainty, we will sue for decades of  lost revenue.

(2) Can Penn Gaming sue us for not continuing with them?

Answer: Yes, anyone may throw money into a lawsuit. But as I was told by one of Iowa’s most experienced gaming executives, “It is Sioux City’s license”, and Penn appears to be ignoring that very simple fact. Maneuvering to distort our right of ownership to the license is beginning to be felt by many in Siouxland with contempt. Our right to place this great community in front of the most lucrative of opportunities must be honored.

What Are the Options?

(a) Place into action, legal and political initiatives to extend us more time to pursue the best offers and best option for our community.

(b) Facilitate (as with the Tyson Event Center project) thoughful public discussion and input – prior to implementation.  As a community, this is our opportunity and we should be treated with the utmost consideration.

(c) Consider potential local options of ownership or control that are available.  This mainly is due to how quickly outsiders come and go, who are only interested in maximizing their profit – as opposed to whats best for the community.   There are many throughout the years, the most recent would be the Delta Airlines Call Center.  We are getting a little tired of companies vacating our city after we role out the red carpet for them, along with a boatload of cash.   We have many examples of how local “home grown” successes benefit our community, for the long term.

The Future

If allowed more time what may occur?  For the short term, it may get a little heated. For the long term, we will attract what we most definitively and rightfully deserve, NOT what someone thinks we should get!   A  Mega-Casino with all the many amenities, jobs and economic advantages so very many other communities receive.

The most interesting Option to date:

The $100 Million Warrior Hotel and Casino!

A 95,000 Sq. ft Casino with 82 Rooms & Suites, Restaurants, Entertainment Venue’s, Skywalk to the Orpheum, First Class Meeting and Convention Space, an Enormous Parking Ramp along with a plethora of Retail and A Supreme Downtown Revitalization Package.  A project that would bring millions of new visitors a year into the Historic heart of our downtown!

Is it a miracle? Am I dreaming? Could we finally after nearly 40 years really receive enough foresight from all our civic leaders to get this done?

Answer: Yes and with Siouxland community support — it is very likely.  It is time to let all within City Hall https://www.sioux-city.org, MRHD and the movers http://www.siouxlandchamber.com and shakers http://siouxcityjournal.com behind the scenes know, for this most important moment of our history, please be our hero’s! Please champion this one great vision.  To do so will lift us up as a community from so very many recent disappointments, to that of a redirected  future of pride and promise. As explained to me by a long time Sioux City evangelist, “Our most recent past has not served us as our future is about to”.

 

There are many working to make this happen. Above are a few of the computer generated conceptual plans we were able to pry from the fingers of one very gracious Warrior Casino Stakeholder. They are nothing less than spectacular, including the resurrection of the original “Warrior” Sign. What do ya say Siouxland? Should we get this old girl originally built by Sioux City’s own Klinger Construction up and running again?

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