Monday, November 9, 2015

Tioga Downs invites potential bidders to learn about expansion

Upcoming events to focus on minority and women-owned businesses

Nichols, N.Y. - November 9, 2015 - Just as Tioga Downs' multi-million dollar expansion begins, efforts to include minority and women-owned business enterprises in the process are also underway. Two special networking events to provide information on upcoming bidding opportunities are slated for Thursday, November 12.

The first session from 11 am to 1 pm will be geared towards mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractors and suppliers. An afternoon session from 2 to 4 pm will focus on site work, steel, masonry, interior carpentry, roofing and all additional trades. Both sessions will be held at Tioga Downs, and refreshments will be served.

Minority and women-owned businesses are asked to reserve a spot at either session by calling 716.855.1200 or emailing by Tuesday, November 10. In addition, firms wishing to become prequalified as an invited bidder should contact Alicia Benjamin at

"We are working to maximize opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in our region as we embark on this exciting expansion at Tioga Downs," said owner Jeff Gural. The project itself has a goal of 30% minority and women-owned business participation.

Tioga Downs broke ground on the expansion on Friday October 30th. The entire project is expected to be completed by July 2017 and will include a new 60,000 sq. ft. amenities building with conference space, an indoor and outdoor banquet facility, a new restaurant, an outdoor pool and a six-story hotel with 161 rooms. The casino itself will also be expanded by 31,000 sq. ft. to allow for full casino gaming. The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has recommended awarding the State's final full casino gaming license to Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond. Tioga Downs is in the process of expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit