Golden Heartland withdraws Wyandotte County casino bid
May 31, 2009
EDWARDSVILLE, Kansas -- As reported by The Chieftain: "Golden Heartland, one of
three applicants seeking to manage a state-owned casino in Wyandotte County, has
withdrawn from the competition.
"Officials in Edwardsville, the proposed location of the Golden Gaming casino,
said the application was withdrawn because of financing difficulties related to
the current economy.
"'While we are disappointed by Golden's decision, we look forward to working
with the Unified Government in ensuring a successful casino project is developed
that benefits all the citizens of Wyandotte County,'
Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart said in a statement. 'There are many
opportunities along the I-70 corridor and we believe a first-class entertainment
and gaming destination in western Wyandotte County will spark continued interest
in surrounding cities.'
"Golden Gaming was a finalist in the 2008 selection process to operate a
state-run casino in Wyandotte County. The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board
ultimately selected Kansas Entertainment LLC's proposal for a Hard Rock casino
at the Kansas Speedway. That group, however, withdrew its application December
2008, citing the economy as the reason and forcing the process to begin
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