The Osage Nation, developer of the upcoming Lake of the Ozarks casino in Missouri, has launched a new website including detailed information about the planned $60 million investment, which is being touted as a tourism booster and job creator. It features a FAQ section and frequent updates.
Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse said in a statement: "This new entertainment district will dramatically expand the Lake-area's tourism footprint, generating new jobs and economic opportunity. While this project has generated significant support and interest, we know Lake area residents want more information, so we created this website to help keep them informed every step of the way."
The first phase of the development is expected to see a casino, restaurant, meeting place and sports bar, according to the site. Construction is set to begin upon approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior, which must give the green light for the project to begin under federal law.
Developers plan to use local vendors and businesses whenever possible for the project, according to the new website, while also providing support for the community through contributions to community improvement projects, charities, first responders and local schools.
Rendering for an event venue at the upcoming casino
The planned development's site is on the grounds of the former Quality Inn Hotel, which is in the portion of the Lake area that falls under Miller County. The county currently draws in around $40 million annually with more than 680 jobs; the planned complex would employ 120 locals with an estimated payroll of $7 million annually.
While currently located in Oklahoma, the Osage Nation has historically had ties in Missouri, with a population of as many as 200,000 members at its height. It 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 backing of current and former state lawmakers who have represented the area. In February, Osage Casinos released the first renderings of its Missouri project in Lake of the Ozarks.