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Break ground on new hotel, convention center, spa, restaurants, lounge, performing arts center and parking structure 

Thunder Valley Casino and the United Auburn Indian Community will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00a.m. to honor the commencement of Thunder Valley’s expansion. The ceremony will take place on the South Entrance Parking Lot of Thunder Valley Casino.  

The United Auburn Indian Community, owners of Thunder Valley Casino, plan to construct a five-star level hotel, a performing arts center, a parking structure, spa, ballrooms, exhibit space, additional gaming space, new restaurants and a tribal cultural exhibit area.

The expansion is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and 1,200 new permanent jobs. The completion date is approximately 24 months.

Upon completion, Thunder Valley Casino’s expansion is projected to generate $10.2 million in property tax, $900,000 in food and beverage tax and $1 million in occupancy tax for Placer County. The Casino is also expected to spend $70 million with local vendors. Thunder Valley Casino will continue to pay Placer County approximately $1.3 million dollars annually for fire protection services and $1.2 million to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for safety and protective services.   

Thunder Valley Casino is currently an approximately 200,000 square foot entertainment facility that includes a casino with 2,700 slot machines, 98 table games, a VIP gaming room and two private gaming salons.  The casino has numerous dining and entertainment amenities, including a center pit bar, a 500-seat buffet, a food court with five quick-service outlets, three full-service restaurants, six additional bars and parking for 3,000 vehicles.   

WHEN:        Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WHO:    Jessica Tavares, Chairwoman, United Auburn Indian Community
              Scott Garawitz, CEO, Thunder Valley Casino
             Robert Weygandt, Placer County Supervisor 

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