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Your View: Voter yes on casino — a vital, once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity for Bristol

Your View: Voter yes on casino — a vital, once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity for Bristol

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Being a business owner in Abingdon and Bristol, Virginia, I cannot express how vital it is to our area to ensure that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino becomes a part of this resilient community.

Our area continues to suffer economically, and I feel that this project is the lifeline to completely revitalize the Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee region. With it comes many job opportunities, directly and indirectly and it will provide a customer base to local small businesses that was previously not attainable.

Even though I live in Tennessee, I work and own businesses on the Virginia side and I feel that this is crucial to the entire Tri-Cities economy.

Having a prestigious worldwide brand, such as Hard Rock, find a home here is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our region. I really hope that Bristol, Virginians chose to aid our community by voting yes.

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