When it is completed, the Kansas Star Casino is expected to bring in $25 million a year in revenue for Sumner County, and $11 million a year in Sedgwick County. Of course, economic development officials in every town within shouting distance of the new casino are trying to figure out how to capture a piece of the revenue pie. A group of folks met in Mulvane on Tuesday to discuss different marketing strategies. Officials from the Kansas Star Casino were also in attendance. Chamber officials from the area plan to keep meeting for at least the next year to try to coordinate efforts. Shelley Hansel Williams, executive director of the Wellington chamber, will lead the group.
The chamber leaders met to consider ways to draw people going to and from the casino into their communities, and to inform people at the casino what services are available nearby, such as emergency medical care, auto services, hotels, restaurants and attractions.
“This casino can really benefit everybody in the region, and we want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to do that,” said [Mulvane city administrator Kent] Hixson, who organized the meeting.
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