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Posted on: January 23, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Kreuser disappointed by Governor Walker's rejection of Kenosha Casino proposal

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today expressed his disappointment that Governor Scott Walker has declined the Menominee-Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Project.

“As I have said all along, Kenosha County will be fine with or without the casino, but there is no denying that the casino would have brought an even bigger economic boost to the Kenosha County community, the region and the State,” Kreuser said.

The project was expected to bring thousands of jobs and millions in revenue for the state, schools, city and county.

“I do hope that Governor Walker will work with us to do even more to attract new businesses and new jobs to our area and will put a greater emphasis on our infrastructure needs here,” Kreuser said. “There is now a large tract of land that was the greyhound park that needs to be redeveloped. We hope state resources will be forthcoming to assist in these efforts.”

Kreuser thanks the Menominee Tribe, labor and trade unions, Legislators and the many citizens who worked over the years for the project.

“Your hard work and advocacy was not wasted. You fought a good fight, but now we need to come together to move the community forward without this project,” Kreuser said.

“Kenosha County remains a red hot development area and we will work even harder to make up for all the potential jobs that would have been gained through the casino project. I believe in the future of Kenosha County and we will continue to thrive and grow,” he said.

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