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Potawatomi to build hotel next to casino

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Forest County Potawatomi say its casino in Milwaukee is the largest in the nation that lacks a hotel. The tribe is about to change that.

The Potawatomi say they'll begin construction this spring on a $97 million hotel next to the casino in the Menomonee Valley if financing and zoning approval are secured. The 20-story hotel would add another 230 jobs to Potawatomi's workforce, now numbering 2,500. In addition, about 1,000 construction jobs could be generated by the 382-room hotel.

Casino general manager Mike Goodrich says the Potawatomi Bingo Casino draws 6 million annual visits. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/A30OnL ) says the tribe opened a bingo hall at the casino site in 1991 with 100 employees.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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