Casino Information

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee has been formed to receive and distill feedback from the community on how to invest possible new revenues in ways that will have the greatest long-term impact on all parts of our community. This committee was not formed to advocate for or against the referendum. 

The members are:


Paul LiepeJoy Wood

Porchia RussellCrystal Cobbs

Matt SwitickSheila Williamson-Branch

Kenny LewisFrank Wickers

Ann StrattonKristin Barker

Greg Hairston

The members were chosen based on their backgrounds in many areas, including education, early childhood development, housing, tourism (including sports tourism), economic development, public safety, historic preservation, at-risk populations, poverty, and financial stability.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

  • Oct. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

These meetings will be held virtually in a “webinar” style with participants able to submit questions and comments before and during the sessions. Also, there will be a survey available for citizens to take to provide feedback.

Details will be released when finalized. 

Neal Morris, Tom Reeg and Ken Larking sign agreement

(Left to right) Neal Morris, Tom Reeg and Ken Larking sign agreement

Background Information

On February 23, 2019, the Virginia General Assembly approved legislation (SB 1126) which "authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board” and states that “casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city.”  Danville meets the criteria outlined in the legislation and is one of the potential locations for casino gaming in Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law on March 22, 2019. 

The law also directs the Joint Legislative and Review Commission (JLARC) to conduct a comprehensive study of casino gaming regulations for review by December 1. The JLARC presentation can be found on their website under the November 25, 2019 Meeting listing.

Request for Proposals

Pursuant to SB1126 as passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam, the City of Danville could become the host to a casino gaming facility should its citizens approve a referendum, expected to be held in November 2020.

The City of Danville, Virginia sought proposals from enterprises with whom the City can negotiate potential agreements for the development and operations of a destination casino. In June 2020, the City of Danville officially selected Caesars Entertainment as their preferred provider.


SPecial Work Session Information - November 19, 2019

The City of Danville contracted the Convergence Strategy Group to conduct a series of analyses of the potential for casino gaming at four locations in the city. The study will be presented during a Special Work Session of City Council on November 19.  

Studies Commissioned By the Commonwealth and by the Danville Regional Foundation

Gaming in the Commonwealth by the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission of Virginia - November 25, 2019

Danville Regional Foundation Casino Impact Study - December 5, 2019