Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith Set to Present Proposal for a Resort Casino Development in Petersburg,VA

Petersburg, VA (April 8, 2024) – Bruce Smith will unveil his team’s plans to develop a Petersburg destination resort and casino during a public Town Hall scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 14, from 2:00-4:00PM at the Petersburg Public Library located at 201 West Washington Street.

Several out-of-state companies are also vying for the development, and Smith implores Petersburg residents to turn out for the historic opportunity to prioritize their communities and put Virginians first.

The majority African American city contends with a host of socio-economic challenges, and Smith maintains that “outsourcing a project of this magnitude to a visiting developer with no ties or interest in uplifting the community will do little to fix the problem. Changing outcomes in historically disenfranchised and underserved populations requires that we must be provided the opportunities to strengthen our communities from within.”

Smith says that the representation and African American participation that his company brings to the casino project is “crucial to the reinvestment in and future prosperity of the city.”

Smith hopes that Petersburgians will attend the meeting to support a native Virginian developer “who desires to create a brighter future for a city that has been too long ignored.”

Cheryl Lathan

Andy Poarch