Given I have heard from multiple entities interested in proposing similar types of projects including gaming and convention type hotels with an entertainment component. At a time where economic development at the Lake of the Ozarks is our focus, our community must always vet and seek out the best possible uses for development. I believe in community input and also studying best practices and seeking the best financial outcomes for supporting any developmental project. Hotels, convention venues, restaurants, and casinos command some important prerequisites in development to be successful in a community. I am committed to addressing the lack of workforce housing to support people needed for these types of jobs and also a workforce training and staffing component to provide the skilled staff necessary for this industry. In addition, that Lake Ozark is also committed to the needs of public safety. We lack much needed information from the Osage Nation and other gaming developers that seek a presence in Lake Ozark. I will be corresponding with all of them to learn more. Currently, we do not know what should and could be proposed to Lake Ozark when considering tribal gaming versus the private sector. In the end, our support of any economic development should be analyzed by the impact on our community and what will provide the best possible outcome. Maybe it is only then, that we should formally endorse a certain project or possibly a multitude of opportunities.
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