Lago Casino & Resort becomes a reality with ceremony in Tyre

The atmosphere at the future site of the Lago Resort & Casino was one of sheer excitement for all of those involved with a process that has taken three years to bring to maturity. While Wilmorite, Penninsula Pacific, and JNB Gaming LLC., have come a long way in this process – it all came to a head at the beam signing event on Friday afternoon in Tyre – which will kick off a significant increase in construction.More than 300 supporters attended the beam signing ceremony, which also played host to a number of local representatives, including Tyre Town Supervisor Ron McGreevy and newly elected chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Gary Westfall of Waterloo.PHOTO GALLERY: Click here for photos from the eventThomas Wilmot Sr., spoke at the start of the ceremony, thanking his family, those working with him, and most-notably the future customers of the Lago Resort & Casino. He said during his address to the more than 300 in attendance, “If it wasn’t for all of you, none of us would be here today.” He went on to add that, “There would be no Lago Resort & Casino,” if it were not for the loyal supporters who have given their all to ensuring that this become a reality.Much of his thanks went to the local representatives, who worked hard to “ensure their vision was seen” through. He shared in their struggles pointing out that it can be very difficult at times to persevere, but that a strong message and strong community support – like Lago had is the catalyst that makes it all possible.The $425 million project comes with a vast majority of supporters living right inside Seneca County, as a small number of individuals remain opposed to the gaming facility. The facility is expected to bring 3.4 million annual visitors to the Finger Lakes Region, creating more than 1,800 temporary construction jobs, and 1,800 permanent jobs at the facility when it opens in early 2017.There will be an influx of more than $30 million in new marketing into the Finger Lakes region, and more than $50 million in annual payroll and benefits revenue coming into the region with the jobs. The process has been long, tiresome, and has made some feel as though this moment would never come – but the event today highlighted exactly what many had come to expect: The Lago Resort & Casino is here and the facility is officially underway with the official beam signing ceremony. Brent Stevens, the individual behind the gaming aspect of the development reiterated all of Wilmot Sr.’s sentiment adding, “Lago Resort & Casino will be a world-class destination resort, serving as a gateway to the magnificent Finger Lakes region of New York State.” He added that the Lago team looks forward to “bringing new visitors to the Finger Lakes region, helping local businesses, farms, wineries and breweries flourish.”The sentiment behind the event on Friday was behind Wilmorite’s continued support of the community. They added that more than 3,000 applications had been received to date and the utilization of local employees was immense.Mike Davis, the Union President of IBEW 840 spoke to just how impactful this has been for the union and it’s workers over the last several months. As construction continues to heat up – there will certainly be more employees swarming the Lago Resort & Casino site, giving new life to the town of Tyre, as well as the Finger Lakes Region as a whole. As the event drew to a close, and the supporters were able to mingle amongst the staff and family, it was clear that Lago is now a reality and as James Wilmot pointed out while speaking, without Thomas Wilmot Sr.’s vision and determination this is something that would not have come to fruition.Full raw video of the ceremony and speakers: Part 1 | Part 2Report by Josh Durso, FingerLakes1.comPhotos by Jessamy Uticone, FingerLakes1.comAlso, this morning on a special edition of Weber This Week, Tom Wilmot & Brent Stevens of Lago Casino & Resort were guests inside the FingerLakes1.com studios just hours before the beam signing event on the future site of the new facility in Tyre…

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