Hard Rock International has formed an alliance with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to develop, brand and manage their proposed regional entertainment destination located in Kenosha, Wisc. The proposed project would be developed in conjunction with the Osceola Group out of Naples, Fla., and designed to draw visitors from throughout the region.
The project is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in addition to generating significant economic benefits for the state of Wisconsin, including an estimated $600 million total in projected payments to the state over the course of the pre-approved compact with the state.
“Hard Rock is an internationally recognized, value-added brand known for high-quality offerings and world-class entertainment by people across the globe,” said Craig Corn, chairman of the Menominee Tribe. “Bringing Hard Rock to Wisconsin and adding them to our team greatly elevates the excitement around this project and will make it even more attractive and successful as an entertainment destination, particularly to people visiting from Illinois and beyond.”
In addition to creating thousands of jobs and providing millions of dollars in new annual revenue for the state, the proposed facility is projected to generate more than $19 million annually for the City of Kenosha, Kenosha County and local schools.
The Hard Rock casino still needs state approval and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said last month that, “it may take several months to decide on the project.”