MEDFORD, Ore. — County commissioners meet with the Coquille Tribe this morning to discuss plans of a possible casino opening in south Medford. Officials with the Coquille Tribe presented plans to Jackson County officials on Tuesday morning, who then followed up with questions about the business plan.
Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan asked questions regarding specifics to the tribe’s business plan and impact to the community. Plans are in the early stages and county officials said more communication with tribe officials would be necessary.
Coquille representatives say the casino would create more than 230 full-time jobs and result in $6 million in purchases from local businesses. Representatives from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians were in attendance during this morning’s meeting and strongly oppose the casino.
The Cow Creek Tribe is behind Seven Feathers Casino in Douglas County and a casino in Jackson County could create some similar competition Coquille officials say they dealt with when another casino opened near their location in north Bend.
“Once that facility opened, we saw a small blip, then we moved on. Did we lose some of our customers? Absolutely. Did we gain others from being more competitive? Certainly, that’s what competitive businesses are,” said Ray Doering, with the Coquille Economic Development Corporation.
Representatives from the Cow Creek Tribe say the it’s also a jurisdiction issue and that this is not the Coquille Tribe’s ancestral territory. County commissioners say they are waiting to review a business plan before discussing how it will impact the county before deciding to make a decision to support oppose or have no comment on the proposed casino.