New Ho-Chunk Casino in Beloit one step closer to approval

Preliminary renderings of the proposed Beloit Ho-Chunk Casino & Resort
Preliminary renderings of the proposed Beloit Ho-Chunk Casino & Resort(NBC15)
Published: May. 31, 2019 at 12:56 PM CDT
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The proposed Ho-Chunk Casino in Beloit has hit a new milestone in its approval process.

The City of Beloit said in a press release Friday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs published a Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project.

Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther says this is a significant milestone.

"It is feasible although uncertain that we could receive final approval this summer," said Curtis Luther. "We are one step closer to the final approval of this entertainment complex."

According to city leaders, they expect people from across the country to visit the casino as an entertainment destination.

"It's impossible to hide the enthusiasm in getting to this step," Curtis Luther said. "We are excited to see this progress."

Ryan Greendeer, the Ho-Chunk Nation Public Relations Officer, says the partnership with the city and the county is important to the local economy.

"We’ve been talking a lot about jobs in the state," said Greendeer. "We know that the area of Beloit needs to have a job infusion."

People at the forefront of the project are also excited about the wages and benefits the casino will bring to the area.

"We'll be pleased to see the impact that the Ho-Chunk Nation can have on the unemployment in the Beloit area and beyond," said Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland.

As for next steps, the FEIS publication will hold a 30-day public comment period prior to the Bureau's recording of decision, followed by Governor Evers' concurrence.

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