by Alexis Ann
Balloons and fireworks, accolades and warm congratulations to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on its 15th Anniversary of Foxwoods Resort Casino. This a Past, Present, and Future worth celebrating. The Resident is proud to be part of the magic which many of us still find hard to believe.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Michael Thomas has acknowledged skepticism he experienced years ago when Skip Hayward, former tribal chairman, painted a picture of coming prosperity with jobs and money for all.
But recently – at Michael’s inaugural for the same role Skip held – there were no signs of skepticism. Michael was an obvious believer in the good fortune that has befallen his tribe. Not only that, it’s spread like “foxfire,” with money going to the state – 2.4 billion in slot machine revenues – and more to non-profits and employees.
Foxwoods President John O’Brien gave special news at a Feb. 15 birthday party at the Paragon restaurant in the Grand Pequot Tower. The casino, he said, is celebrating this anniversary with donation of $150,000 to be divided among 15 charities in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
There’s another economic boost that must be applauded. Today, the casino employs more than 10,000 people. Of the 2,300 who were part of the early days, there are 563 still employed there.
The Resident Associate Editor Barbara Reed Collins has profiled (on pages inside this issue) a few of the many leaders who have driven the past, are leading the present, and will frame the future. The magic in the past and present is a blueprint for a vigorous future as MGM adds a hallmark brand to the mix.
For now, let’s enjoy this 15th party, and dream toward “Sweet 16,” certain to be the sweetest of all.
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