Turning Stone continues to benefit region

Published Jul 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

Much has changed over the past 25 years.

Technology has changed the landscape, in many ways bringing us closer — and farther away — but providing information and access at truly remarkable speeds.

Likewise, the region’s economic landscape has changed. Where once B-52s roared in the skies above and airmen and their families filled our stores, shops and schools, a more diversified economy is now in place, with the aim of fully joining the high-tech landscape as evidenced by the unmanned aerial systems that now hover above.

For the last 25 years, the Oneida Indian Nation and the region have been changed, for the better, with the development of the Turning Stone Casino Resort.

The resort, which grew from a $10 million investment into a sprawling full-fledged resort in Verona, has led to successful
auxiliary facilities in Chittenango and Bridgeport. Another future facility is eyed as a key component of the proposed U District, designed to help revitalize downtown Utica.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the gaming compact between the state and the Oneida Indian Nation that was in conjunction with the start of Turning Stone.

It is an event, that based on the success of the past 25 years, we should continue to celebrate. From their initial $10-million gamble on themselves financied through bingo receipts and
cigarette sales, the Oneida Indian Nation has grown the resort to include more than 1,700 slot machines, five golf courses, four hotels, several restaurants and a concert venue. Employment has grown from about 1,000 in 1993 to nearly 4,000 today.

We hope that the next 25 years brings similar success.