Casino ripple effect to be felt throughout the region

03-07-2017

The new Rivers Casino & Resort will be an economic engine accelerating local economies well beyond the city of Schenectady.

Regional officials are expecting big things from the $330 million casino, whose customers they think will fi ll hotels across the region and bring new customers into businesses and new visitors to local attractions.

“It’s a boost all the way around,” said Mark Eagan, president of the Capital Region Chamber.

“While the casino has restaurants and all these choices, people will want to go elsewhere, to downtown and other places,” he said. “There really is a ripple effect. We’re excited by the casino, but we’re really excited about the whole Mohawk Harbor — the catalyst for all that was the casino.”

While the riverfront development will have two on-site hotels, the casino’s potential also helped Glenville land its fi rst chain hotel, now rising within sight of Mohawk Harbor on the other side of the river.

“I think the area, because of the casino, will be a destination. It will impact Schenectady, Glenville, Scotia, even Clifton Park, especially on the riverfront. I think people underestimate the impact of waterfront,” said Pat Popolizio, owner of the Waters Edge Lighthouse restaurant and landowner for the 105-room Homewood Suites hotel scheduled to open in May.

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Williams, Steve. “Casino Ripple Effect to Be Felt throughout the Region.” The Daily Gazette. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2017. <https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/03/07/casino-ripple-effect-to-be-felt-throughout-the-region>.