The advancement of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head’s (Aquinnah) gaming opportunity will be one of the greatest economic catalysts to impact southeastern Massachusetts in recent history. The project is anticipated to bring a significant number of job opportunities to the region ranging from those associated with development and construction of the facility to thosepositions required to ensure a fully functioning gaming operation. These additional job opportunities will be complimented by additional commerce and trade generated by the significant operational needs of the gaming operation when completed. It is the Tribe’s position that where reasonable, local area resources will be used. In addition, the influx of visitors to the region will drive otherwise alternatively expended disposable income to the surrounding communities creating additional opportunity to increase other kinds of revenues and new business opportunities in Southeastern Massachusetts.
With that said, the development of a gaming facility will have other impacts that will be addressed. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has a long history as a responsible and respectful neighbor and friend. The Tribe continually strives to ensure that the interests of not only its tribal members, but those of the surrounding community are appropriately acknowledged and responsibly addressed. The advancement of the Tribe’s gaming interests are foundationally grounded in this same philosophy and it is the Tribe’s intent to honor and respect the concerns of community members to ensure that a long, prosperous and symbiotic relationship between the Tribe and the host community can be advanced.
Similar to the relationship that exists between other host communities of Tribal gaming facilities and Tribes’ offering gaming within them, it is the intent of the Tribe to reach an agreement regarding the mitigation of community impacts. The exact make-up of the aforementioned agreement will be the result of dialogue and discussion between the Tribe, community leadership representatives and community members themselves, and will likely be based upon that input as well as animpact study related directly to the size and scope of the project ultimately constructed by the Tribe. Mitigation areas could include:
- Roads and Infrastructure
- Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Fire and other Emergency Services)
- Public Health
The Tribe is committed to ensuring that a positive and constructive relationship is developed and nurtured between itself and the host community.