The developer of the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort is looking locally as construction continues. Our partners at WTHI-TV report Churchill Downs Inc. (Nasdaq: CHDN) is seeking minority-, female-, and disabled veteran-owned businesses to help build the $240 million casino and hotel.
CDI is partnering with the Indiana Small Business Development Center to find local businesses. A diversity outreach event will take place next week to connect businesses with the developer.
“They really want 25% to be service or suppliers of goods and needs for that project. So, we’re actually able to put businesses in a room with those key players that are making those decisions,” Courtney Chipol with the Indiana SBDC tells WTHI.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scott College of Business on the campus of Indiana State University.
The project includes a nearly 400,000-square-foot casino building that would include 56,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,000 slots and 50 table games. A 125-room hotel is also planned.
The casino is expected to employ some 500 people.
CDI Chief Executive Officer Bill Carstanjen told WTHI in June the casino is expected to a $190 million annual economic impact to the city.