Thank you, everyone, who attended the private presentation of the plan for the Waterpower Entertainment District! For the folks who were unable to be there with us, the following is a highlight of news stories carried throughout the region. Take a look and hear the compelling story of why a downtown casino will be good […]
Tourism in the Rock River Valley can and does provide many significant forms of human activity and it can have many more major impacts with an Urban Casino as an entertainment venue in downtown Rockford. These impacts are very visible where tourists interact with the local environment, economy, community culture and social venues. This activity […]
Evidence states that people plan their destinations. They are not concerned if the travel time to the destination is longer or shorter when the travel plans are made. With this being said, there is a level of truth in the casino visitors not being riled by the distance it would take to get to and […]
During the 1990s, state governments began legalizing riverboat and barge gaming. Some states further required that gaming activities only be conducted while the riverboats were cruising. The casinos restricted to riverboat gaming were built as stand-alone operations and their contributions to their local community came primarily in the form of tax revenue and jobs – […]
New Urbanism is a movement that works to restore life into city downtown locations across America that lost their bustle to sub-urbanization. Suburbanization is is a population shift from central urban areas into suburbs. Rockford’s downtown area is a perfect example of the New Urbanism Movement. Our downtown’s story reads something like a hero’s journey- […]
Casinos are a destination that will attract thousands of visitors. Currently, there are 13.5 million people in our Area of Dominant Influence (ADI) who live and work within two hours of the US 20 bypass and the South Main corridor who will flock from all directions to visit Rockford’s new casino—north, south, east, and west. […]
What does it mean to have an Urban Casino at the WATERPOWER ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN ROCKFORD?
“Nothing develops around casinos because they are destination points. People go to them game, eat, and go home.” -Senator Dave Syverson Many, including our Senator Dave Syverson, believe the Clock Tower Casino proposal is best for Rockford because early regional casinos were built at the fringe of communities and replicating that is easy. And, while […]
An urban casino must seamlessly integrate into the surrounding area to be the most successful. The place where our casino must sit is a place where entertainment and commercial developments are in proximity. The Downtown Rockford area has a lot to offer the local and tourist alike!