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Casino Site Selected - Oxford

Post by steve on Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:50 am

Well, the owners of Evergreen Mountain Resort, Olympia, have decided to locate the casino in Oxford if approved by the electorate next month. Obviously, it will be an economic boost for the county, but it doesn't help the steady deterioration in Rumford's business climate, employment rates, home values or quality of life. The reason the Olympia selected Oxford? "...the group's decision took into account the proximity to population centers and the unanimous support of the Oxford Board of Selectman. Rumford selectmen voted 3-2 vote in August to support the project." So, when New Page decides that it has had enough of low-price paper imports and closes the doors of the Rumford mill, all of the NIMBYs in the River Valley can look in the mirror and beam with pride that they stood their ground...and destroyed the town. Good job!! Mad

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Post by Admin on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:07 am

Steve, usually your posts are factual but in this case it seems you are letting your emotions get in the way of critical thinking. There are a lot of reasons why Olympia chose Oxford. The selectmenís support didnít hurt but it wasnít a major factor in their decision making. They are going to make their decision primarily on where they believe they can make the most profit. This is what they actually said:

Dean Harrold, vice chairman of Olympia Gaming, said the town of Oxford has a ready work force and represents "the corridor to Western MaineÖ."We have very stringent criteria when we look at our sites,"

The majority of the population is in southern Maine so they are obviously going to build closer to southern Maine. Add to that the number of skiers that pass through there on their way to Sunday River and itís a no brainer. Patrons are more likely to stop at the casino if they are passing right by or donít have to drive as far to get there.

Our Selectmen and town manager tried to get involved in public debates and what initially appeared to be campaigning for the casino. A lot of people in town felt this was not ethical to use public tax dollars and resources to try to influence a political referendum. What our selectmen actually said was they should let the casino management team do their job and see if the referendum passes and then they would go into full sales mode to try to get the casino to come here. If the referendum had passed, the casino operators would have been wined and dined to try to get them to come here. I believe our Town Manager and Selectmen made the right decision in this situation.

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Post by steve on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:47 am

On the one hand, people (including many correspondents to this site) were denouncing the casino because the location was being kept secret. The BOS, waiting for the political wind to come from a fixed direction, failed to promote the River Valley as the prime location, choosing instead to " let the casino management team do their job and see if the referendum passes and then they would go into full sales mode to try to get the casino to come here." They knew full well that the site decision would be made prior to the referendum vote thereby ensuring any subsequent marketing efforts would be futile. The "wining and dining" should have occurred prior to this point. Now it's too late; that ship has sailed. And BTW, yes, my emotions are high on this issue...as yours should be as well. Opportunities like this one don't arise often.

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Post by Admin on Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:19 am

people (including many correspondents to this site) were denouncing the casino because the location was being kept secret

Actually, many on here were denouncing the Casino because most information about it was kept secret. That doesnít exactly build trust. Many also had concerns about Mr. Careyís ethical problems and leadership ability on a project like this.

They knew full well that the site decision would be made prior to the referendum vote

Iím not sure thatís true. Regardless, when it comes to site selection for the casino group, the bottom line is gong to be the bottom line.

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Post by Dave on Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:06 pm

Steve - you don't have a clue.

The decision to locate in Oxford had nothing to do with the board of selectman.

Think about it for a minute. What do you need to operate a casino? You need access to large population centers for employees, and access to large population centers for clients.

In Oxford County, Maine, that means as close as you can get to Portland, and L/A. As a benefit, it's still close enough to Sunday River.

The decision to select Oxford has nothing to do with the selectmans vote in Rumford, or the selectmans vote in Oxford.

It's all about numbers.... just like gambling.

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