The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has unveiled a public awareness campaign focused on providing details of their comprehensive gaming plan in Alabama.
In an effort to generate billions of dollars in new income for the state, create thousands of new jobs and regulate and tax gaming interests, the move follows what the tribe describes as “a public misinformation campaign funded by an anonymous group.”
Last month, PBCI highlighted its commitment to economic development in its home state, lauding local successes in the midst of current expansion, as local media reported that a new group intended to hold the group accountable for how revenue they spend, emphasising concern over a perceived growing influence across the state.
In a media release, PBCI stressed the belief that “the sole purpose of that group’s work was to misrepresent the tribe’s position on gaming in the state, confuse the issues surrounding gaming regulation and taxation, and damage Poarch’s reputation”.
“We have long believed that the economic power of gaming should be strategically harnessed to create opportunities for everyone who lives in Alabama,” noted Stephanie Bryan, Poarch tribal chair and CEO.
“This plan does that, and we are committed to making sure that our positions on gaming and our commitment to helping improve the quality of life in Alabama are clear.”
The proposal also calls for two deluxe tourist resorts to be established in northern Alabama and supports residents ‘ right to vote on gambling issues, including whether the area should also have the kind of conventional lottery that other neighbouring states have in place.
In addition, through a public awareness campaign, including a policy-focused website www.winningforalabama.com, the organisation is also to publicly disclose what they suggest in the way of a proposal for gaming in the state.
It is hoped that through this launch, people will use a forum to share views on gaming issues, as well as give communities the ability to alert the tribe and state leaders to broader critical needs.
“We hope that the information we are making available will prompt both citizens and our state’s legislators to seriously consider a solid plan for gaming that can have real economic benefits for Alabama,” added Bryan.
“We believe that it is important everyone in the state has access to honest information and constructive ideas so they can make the best decisions about an issue that is critically important to Alabama’s economic well-being and quality of life.”