Hard Rock buys former Trump Taj Mahal
Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has acquired the former Trump Taj Mahal building in Atlantic City and plans a $375 million renovation.
The upcoming Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is situated on 17-acres of prime boardwalk real estate and will open in the summer of 2018. Hard Rock is the majority partner in the hotel venture with the Morris and Jingoli families.
The project will create more than 1,000 jobs during construction and 3,000 permanent jobs.
“From world-renowned music events to innovative dining concepts, we’re excited to bring the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino experience to the Atlantic City boardwalk – which has been home to our Hard Rock Cafe for more than 20 years,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “Our commitment to Atlantic City has never been stronger and we look forward to being a catalyst for further growth and development of the area.”
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will offer a range of gaming opportunities with 2,400 slots and 130 table games. Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City will move to a new 400-seat venue, including an improved stage and central location within the property featuring beach access. Two separate arenas will offer more than 7,000 seats total.
The entrance of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will be completely redone and there will be a complete renovation of guest rooms.
The MOAPA Band Breaks Ground on Solar Farm
In March, the Moapa Band broke ground on its large-scale Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. In partnership with the Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar, a renewable energy developer and operator, the project is the first utility solar power plant to be constructed on tribal land. Thirty miles north of Las Vegas, the project will span 72,000 acres and will comprise of 3.2 million solar panels on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The renewable energy will serve nearly 111,0000 homes in the Los Angeles region.
The economic impact will provide the Moapa Band lease revenues and 115 jobs.
“If our small tribe can accomplish this, then others can also,” said Darren Daboda, chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council. “There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and tribes across the nation have the perfect areas in which to build utility-scale projects.”
Twin Arrows Ranked Top Destination for Grand Canyon Travel
U.S. News and World Report gave top rankings to Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort for Grand Canyon travel after looking at expert valuations and user ratings on 72 hotels in the area.
“We are honored to receive this distinction and congratulate our team’s efforts which earned us the number one spot,” says Brian Parrish, Navajo Gaming Interim CEO. “At Twin Arrows, the featured artwork and symbolic architecture showcases the talent and rich history of the Navajo people while creating a distinct environment to enjoy our gaming, resort, conference center and restaurants.”
In addition, Twin Arrows is the recipient of the prestigious AAA’s Four Diamond Award for its architecture and customer service.
Visit www.twinarrows.com for more information.
The Bush Foundation announced its 2017 Bush Fellows, a group of 24 leaders selected from a pool of 639 candidates from across the United States and the 23 Native Nations. The fellows are given a reward of up to $100,000 over a 12- to 24-month period in support of gaining leadership skills. The funds can go toward higher education, workshops and training.
Five of the winners are Native: Melissa Boyd (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe), Karina Perkins (Cherokee), Heather Dawn Thompson (Cheyenne River Sioux), Tomi Phillips (Standing Rock Sioux), Vaughn Vargas (Cheyenne River Sioux).
“The 2017 Bush Fellows are extraordinary leaders who make significant contributions to their communities,” said the foundation’s President Jennifer Ford Reedy.