MONTICELLO, New York -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Empire Resorts, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “Empire”) (NYNY) today announced that it has retained DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc. (“DACK”) to assist in establishing a program for the inclusion of minority, women and veteran-owned businesses (“MWVBEs”) in the pre-construction and construction phases of its proposed destination gaming resort development (“Gaming Facility”) in accordance with the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act. Such proposed Gaming Facility will be located at Adelaar, a four-season, $750 million destination resort planned for Sullivan County by subsidiaries of EPR Properties (“EPR”), Empire and other co-developers. The MWVBE program will be submitted to the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board (the “Board”) in connection with Empire’s application for a Gaming Facility license.
“Our association with DACK represents a significant milestone in addressing the workforce enhancement factors in the Board’s Request for Applications. Our application will be submitted on or before June 30, 2014,” said Empire’s CEO Joseph D’Amato. “With less than 65 days left for the applications to be submitted, real and robust MWVBE plans require substantial preparations to be implemented upon the awarding of a license. We and LP Ciminelli (“LPC”), our construction manager, will work closely with DACK to identify and implement innovative and comprehensive MWBVE programs for construction of the proposed Gaming Facility. DACK, which will also assist with implementing a diversity program for operations at the Gaming Facility, will be a tremendous resource in ensuring that minority, woman, and veteran-owned businesses are provided a legitimate opportunity to bid and be awarded contracts, should we be granted a Gaming Facility license.”
“The commitment being demonstrated by Empire is significant and will have a positive impact on the MWVBEs and provide for equal employment opportunities on those construction jobs that will be created,” stated Aleksandra Chancy, P.E., and Principal of DACK. “As a minority woman owned business, we fully understand the importance of utilizing minority, woman, and veteran owned businesses and hiring a diverse workforce.”
Reaching our goals will require a complete picture of the available MWVBE businesses in the region as well as a substantive understanding of the construction project, which will begin immediately if we are granted a Gaming Facility license. DACK’s responsibilities will include:
Outreach to potential contractors and workforce
Facilitating bidding and labor opportunities in the area
Working with us and LPC to identify contracting opportunities
Developing an initial plan to achieve our participation objectives
Monitoring compliance concerning the achievement of MWVBE utilization and workforce diversity goals and
Providing mentoring to the selected MWVBEs during the bidding phase.
DACK will soon begin to hold forums in several localities surrounding Sullivan and Orange Counties to increase awareness of the project and the potential opportunities for certified MWVBEs. These forums will incorporate local churches, civil groups, not-for-profit organizations, business chambers, veterans groups and local governments in an effort to help them better understand the project and how it can be utilized by MWVBEs and those seeking construction employment.
About DACK Consulting Solutions
DACK Consulting Solutions Inc. is a White Plains, New York based construction consulting firm that provides Minority Woman Veteran Business Enterprise (MWVBE) and Workforce Diversity contract compliance services to developers, governmental agencies, municipalities, architects, construction managers, and general contractors. DACK facilitates bidding opportunities for MWVBEs and increases labor opportunities for local diverse populations for governmental, educational, institutional, commercial, industrial and residential construction projects during the pre-development, pre-construction, construction, and post-construction phases.
About Empire Resorts
Empire Resorts owns and operates, through its subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc., the Monticello Casino & Raceway, a harness racing track and casino located in Monticello, New York, and is 90 miles from midtown Manhattan.
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