New Website Launched for Planned Lake of the Ozarks Casino
There’s a lot of curiosity surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks casino project, and the Osage Nation is letting the public participate in the project through a new website.
The new site includes detailed information on the planned $60 million investment billed as a tourism boost and job creator, including a frequently asked questions section and a continuously updated news page.
“This new entertainment district will significantly expand the lake region’s tourism footprint, generating new jobs and economic opportunities,” Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse said in a statement. “While this project has garnered tremendous support and interest, we know that lake area residents want more information, so we’ve created this website to keep them informed every step of the way.”
The first phase of the development is expected to see a casino, restaurant, hangout and sports bar, according to the site. It is expected to begin upon approval from the US Department of the Interior, which must give the green light for the project to proceed under federal law.
The promoters plan to use local suppliers and businesses wherever possible for the project, according to the site, while providing support to the community through contributions to community improvement projects, charities , first responders and local schools.
The planned development is set to be built on the grounds of the former Quality Inn hotel, which is in the portion of the Lake District that falls under Miller County. The county currently attracts approximately $40 million annually with over 680 jobs; the planned complex would employ 120 residents with an estimated payroll of $7 million a year, according to the site.
Although currently located in Oklahoma, the Osage Nation historically had ties to Missouri, with a population of up to 200,000 at its peak. He operates several casinos in Oklahoma and would bring the first tribal casino to the Show-Me State.
The nation announced its plan late last year with the support of current and former state lawmakers who have represented the region.
Learn more about the project at osagecasinolakeozarks.com.