Travel and Tourism Committee Update
April 3, 2014

Budget Update

The FY2014-15 budget passed last night making the April 1st deadline.  Funding for the Division of Tourism and the County Matching Funds Program remained the same as last year at $2.5 million and $3.815 million, respectively. Market-NY and Taste-NY, two new programs implemented last year, were allocated $5 million and $1.1 million while the Wine and Grape Foundation's funding increased from last year by $287,000 for a total of $1,000,000.  Additional information on the enacted budget can be found on The Business Council's website.

RFA for Four Upstate Casino Licenses released!

Following the March 24 announcement of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, the consultant firm hired to advise the Facility Location Board, the Gaming Commission released the request for application for the four available Upstate casino licenses. Applicants will have to pay a $1 million non-refundable application fee before April 23, 2014 while bids will not be due until June 30, 2014. Any party that pays the application fee but does not submit an application will have the fee refunded less any reasonable costs the Commission incurred related to processing the fee. Information on the evaluation process, applicant criteria and the full RFA is available on the Gaming Commission's website.

Important Dates

Applicant's First Questions Due by 4:00 p.m. EDT April 11,2014
Board Responses to First Questions April 23, 2014
Mandatory Applicant Conference April 30, 2014
Written Summary of Applicant Conference May 2, 2014
Applicant's Second Questions Due by 4:00 p.m. EDT May 7, 2014
Board Responses to Second Questions May 14, 2014
Applications Due by 4:00 p.m. EDT June 30, 2014
Oral Presentations of Applications On or After July 21, 2014
Selection of Gaming Facility Operator Early Fall

Communication about the RFA will be subject to the Procurement Lobbying Law and must be in writing to either designated contacts:

New York State Gaming Commission
Contracts Office
One Broadway Center
Schenectady, NY 12301-7500

Gail P. Thorpe, Supervisor of Contract Administration

Stacey Relation, Contract Management Specialist