by Cliff Judy (WELLINGTON, Kan.)
Developers of a casino in Mulvane say if things go smoothly, they'll soon have jobs to fill and projects for local businesses to complete. The people working on the Chisholm Creek Casino Resort held the first of two public meetings in Sumner County on Monday night.
With approval from county officials and a gaming license from the state possibly being wrapped up in the next couple of months, developers wanted citizens to know how to apply for jobs and tell businesses how to apply for contracts.
More than 80 people attended Monday night's meeting at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Wellington.
David Gutierrez says Lakes Entertainment, the company managing the casino, estimates the project will create 800 jobs. The casino/resort will also spend $11 million annually on products and services from local businesses.
That has several local business owners interested. Chad and Jodie Bartelson bought the KOA Kampgrounds near the Turnpike in Wellington in June. They plan to expand 20 slots for RV's to 40, and they believe a partnership with the casino could help boost business. The couple has brainstormed about shuttles to and from the resort.