Pope County Casino Group Promises $20 Million Education Foundation

Gulfside Casino Partnership announced Tuesday it will establish the Pope County Education Foundation if granted a license in the state.

The Arkansas-based nonprofit would be funded by tax-deductible contributions, including a $20 million commitment from River Valley Casino, Gulfside’s proposed $250 million project in Pope County.

The Mississippi-based casino announced at the end of 2018 plans to build a $250 million complex in Pope County.

Gulfside Casino Partnership submitted a letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission from outgoing Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson, who left office Dec. 31, in support of its application for casino gaming. Gulfside said it planned to build the resort casino in three phases, if approved by state regulators, by mid-2020. Former Russellville Mayor Randy Horton also sent a letter of support prior to leaving office.    MORE

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