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Potawatomi’s Planned $150 Million Hotel in Menomonee Valley to Spur Jobs

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The Forest County Potawatomi Community is building a $150 million hotel adjacent to its Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

The addition is expected to create 230 permanent jobs and generating millions in additional revenue for the Milwaukee area. The casino already employs 2,500. Analysis shows about another 800 indirect jobs being created by other local businesses that will benefit from visitor, supplier and employee spending. An additional 995 jobs will be created during the project’s construction, states a Potawatomi press release.

The proposed hotel will be a 4-star/4-diamond level hotel with 382 rooms, a full-service spa and a casual-dining restaurant. The tribe is hoping to break ground in late spring or early summer of 2012. Construction is expected to last about two years.

“Since opening Potawatomi Bingo Casino more than two decades ago, the Forest County Potawatomi has shown a continued commitment to investing in Milwaukee,” said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Bingo Casino General Manager and Forest County Potawatomi tribal member. “A hotel development will strengthen the long-term sustainability of the Casino.”

The hotel development will be smoke-free and green—designed to include a number of environmentally friendly features. Measures under consideration include an innovative storm water capture system, the use of native plant species in the landscape design and other energy and water efficiency measures to aid the environment and control long-term costs.

With 3,100 slot machines, nearly 100 table games, a 1,300-seat bingo hall, four full-service restaurants and a 500-seat theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino is the largest tribally owned and operated casino in the country without an adjacent hotel.

“We believe this hotel project is the next logical step, to not only ensure that Potawatomi Bingo Casino remains a vibrant entertainment choice, but also makes it an attractive destination on a regional level,” said Goodrich.

The project is subject to securing financing and approval of development plans. Greenfire Management Services will serve as the development’s project manager.