On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation held their Ceremonial Kick-Off for a new $110 million project, a new casino to be built on tribal land on Hwy 19/74 just outside of the Murphy town limits.
Among the speakers from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation, those in attendance also enjoyed performances by the Warriors of the Anikituwah and New Kituwah Academy Students.
The new casino will be owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The NCDOT will build a new bridge, a new “Casino Parkway,” and a new intersection to accommodate the casino. Construction on those projects is expected to begin in January.
The new casino is expected to create an estimated 900 jobs on-site and inject as much as $39 million in wages into the area and is expected to bring hundreds of construction jobs to Cherokee County, as well as an additional 500 jobs that will be created in food preparation, food service, office and administration, building maintenance and other service sectors.
The new name of the facility, “Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River – Casino & Hotel.”
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