The North Fork Mono Rancheria project is a proposed multi-function entertainment destination resort that will expand the existing entertainment marketplace and spark a regional synergy that will benefit local hotels, businesses and casino facilities. The proposed facility will include a hotel and spa, restaurants, gift shops, tourist information, casino-style gaming and entertainment lounges among other amenities.
Engine of Regional Economic Growth
The project will mean more jobs, more investment and more opportunity for the people of Madera County, an area with an unemployment rate consistently higher than the state average and with an agriculture-based economy in need of diversification.
The proposed North Fork Rancheria resort will generate approximately:
* Over 4,700 local jobs, including 1,500 permanent, well-paying positions, 1,200 construction jobs and 2,000 additional jobs in the area. Resort positions will on average pay 50-100% more than the current average county per capita income level and comparable local retail jobs.
* $45-$50 million dollars in annual purchases of goods and services -- much of it from local vendors -- and pump hundred of millions into the local economy through the multiplier effect. The resort is already serving as an anchor development project for other growth and investment in the area.
* More than $100 million dollars to the City and County of Madera and local communities over 20 years to fund public safety projects and mitigate potential impacts. Millions of dollars annually will also help establish new foundations to invest in local charitable causes, education and economic development.
Project Status: Milestones & Targets
* Station partnership announcement (3/04)
* Public Hearings and MOU w/ Madera County (8/04)
* County endorsement (8/05)
* Business Coalition formation (8/05)
* 2,000 Community Endorsements gathered (9/06)
* MOU Agreement w/ City of Madera (10/06)
* MOU Agreement w/Madera Irrigation District/MID (12/06)
* North Fork Public Hearing of draft Environmental Impact Statement (3/08)
* Final EIS (August 2010)
* DOI affirmative "two-part" determination (September 2011)
* Gubernatorial concurrence to DOI "two-part" determination (August 2012)
* State Tribal Gaming Compact Agreements for North For Rancheria and Wiyot Tribe (August 2012)
* DOI announcement of decision to take land into trust (December 2012)
* Ratification of Compact by State Legislature (TBD)
* Approval of Management Contract (TBD)
* Ground breaking (estimated 2011-2012)
* Doors Open (ASAP!)