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Focus: The Key to Detroit's Success

23 January 2002

These are turbulent times, especially in the gaming industry. The events of September 11th have had a serious impact on travel and tourism throughout the country. As a result of increased security measures, tighter international travel restrictions, and an increased fear of flying, the gaming industry in Las Vegas saw a significant downturn in business last quarter. It has been years since the gaming customer has seen the types of bargain packages that currently exist in Las Vegas.

In Detroit, there are also several issues that have had the potential to distract the industry. The final location of the three permanent casinos is still up in the air, and the new Mayor has said that he wants to resolve the matter by the end of March. Further complicating the picture is a decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals two weeks ago stating that a "preference" contained in Detroit's Casino Development Competitive Selection Process Ordinance is invalid. The decision came in a case brought by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, which runs a little casino (621 slots, 4 dollar machines) in Watersmeet, Michigan (in the far western part of the U.P.). The tribe claimed that, but for the existence of the preference, it would have submitted a proposal to the City. Although former Mayor Archer made it very clear that only one of Detroit

David Waddell
David Waddell is an attorney for Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. (RMC), which assists businesses in navigating the legislative, regulatory and licensing systems governing Michigan’s commercial and tribal casino industries. He is the co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and one of the founders of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter.

David Waddell Websites:

www.michigangaming.com
David Waddell
David Waddell is an attorney for Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. (RMC), which assists businesses in navigating the legislative, regulatory and licensing systems governing Michigan’s commercial and tribal casino industries. He is the co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and one of the founders of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter.

David Waddell Websites:

www.michigangaming.com