Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians Propose Major Casino And Resort In Washington County, Va.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Richard Sneed, announced that his organization has reached an agreement to develop and operate a proposed Washington County, Va. casino. The casino will be part of a 350-acre tract that will include an outdoor concert venue, recreational facilities and a hotel featuring an indoor waterpark. 
 
“I have visited the site along I-81 and I am impressed with its strategic, gateway location that serves a five-state area,” says Chief Sneed.
“It is our wish to bring new tax revenue and jobs to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region in a positive and impactful way.” 
 
The EBCI is nationally known for operating the successful Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Hotel and Casino in Cherokee, NC that includes more than 1,100 rooms with an additional 750 rooms planned for that location.   
 
The casino will be adjacent to The Pinnacle retail complex. The developer of The Pinnacle and the 350-acre Virginia tract is Steve Johnson.  
 
“Our agreement with Chief Sneed of the EBCI is an extraordinary opportunity to bring an experienced casino owner-operator to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region,” Mr. Johnson said. “We look forward to working with the Cherokee Nation, local leaders, and elected officials in Richmond to bring this massive opportunity to fruition.”  
 
“The location of the casino will be within the beloved ancestral home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians,” says Chief Sneed. “That is why this project has a special place in my heart and in the heart of our people.   In addition to the casino and luxury hotel, the development will include a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue, additional recreational facilities as well as a large hotel featuring an indoor waterpark. Negotiations are underway to finalize those plans.  
 
“Our casino will be a powerful anchor for much needed economic development for Washington County, Bristol, and the region,” says Chief Sneed. “We look forward to working with community leaders to assure shared success for us all.”

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