As Davenport officials prepare to update the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on their preferred proposal for a land-based casino, Riverboat Development Authority members are meeting with prospective casino developers and operators.
For any project to come together, a combination of agreements must be completed.
Davenport officials last week announced a revamped proposal from local developer Rodney Blackwell that initially was part of plans for a city-owned, land-based casino.After the city council's committee-of-the-whole meeting Wednesday, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said the proposal to operate a casino along the Interstate 80 corridor in Davenport made the most sense for the city.
Mayor Gluba said city officials likely will discuss the proposal with the IRGC when it meets June 6 in Osceola, Iowa.
Mr. Blackwell has declined to comment on the proposal. Mayor Gluba, however, says it's the best project for the city.
Mayor Gluba said Mr. Blackwell's proposal has his company, Davenport Casino Group, owning the casino and a hotel. DCG proposes buying Rhythm City Casino from Isle of Capri Corp. and working with the city to build a land-based casino and hotel.
A statement from the city said the proposal would involve "bricks and mortar" costs of $66 million and total costs between $135 million and $140 million. The city would make a $33 million investment in the project.
"It reduces the risk to the city and increases revenues for us and the RDA, plus it provides the school districts $1.2 million a year in tax dollars," Mayor Gluba said."It's a big win we can get done unless there's some better deal out there."
It's just one of several proposals considered by the RDA which holds the gambling license in Davenport.RDA president Mary Ellen Chamberlin on Monday said the group considering three to five proposals.
"We'll probably go up (to the IRGC meeting)," Mayor Gluba said Wednesday. "If we want to have any place on the agenda, we have to get our name on there ahead of time.
"I don't know whether there will be much to report; we hope there will be," he said. "We're optimistic the RDA will make some decision. I respect their right to take the time they need.
"Right now, the state of Iowa is losing $7 million a year to the state of Illinois because of Jumer's casino, and that's a fact," Mayor Gluba said. "It's time to get this over with and move on."
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.