Tioga County Tourism Office is disappointed in NYS Gaming Commission Decision, but Optimistic for the Future

The Tioga County Tourism Office is disappointed in the decision of the New York State Gaming Commission not to recommend Tioga Downs Casino for the Southern Tier Gaming License. Tioga County businesses, the local and regional economy, and the local workforce would have benefitted greatly from the expansion of this important business and tourism attraction.

“We are sad for the hardworking business owners and residents of Tioga County, Tioga Downs Casino, and the Southern Tier region, for being overlooked in this decision. However, we look forward to working with Tioga Downs Casino, and to their continued involvement as a generous and responsible community partner and tourist attraction,” said Rebecca Maffei, Tioga County tourism director.

Tioga County Tourism is proud to support the tourism businesses whose owners and employees work hard to make our county a unique, authentic place to visit and to live. We will continue in our efforts to work alongside community organizations and tourism businesses to promote the wonderful events, communities, activities, and attractions in Tioga County. We have faith in the strength, ingenuity and resiliency of our residents. Tioga County Tourism will continue to work alongside community members to support economic growth and spread the word that Tioga County is a fun, dynamic, beautiful, and special place to experience.

“Tioga Downs’ expansion would have been a boon to our local and regional economy, but our community has always grown at a grassroots level. We have many local businesses, government agencies, residents, and organizations that are moving things forward from the county and community levels. I expect new and exciting things to come in the tourism sector of our economy, which supports independent businesses and helps contribute to a high quality of life,” said Maffei.