Danville officials are sending out requests for proposals for a possible casino project.
The RFP will ask for proposals from casino operators interested in bringing a gaming facility to the city.
Four casino operators have already expressed interest in bringing a casino to the city, according to email communication among city officials that the Danville Register & Bee obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request.
In an Oct. 23 email from City Manager Ken Larking to City Councilman Fred Shanks, city officials wanted to send out a request for information (RFI) to possible casino operators, but decided to hold off until after a statewide casino study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which is the research arm of the Virginia General Assembly. That report was presented to JLARC on Nov. 25 in Richmond.
An RFI merely requests general information from a company, with no specific project or selection process involved. An RFP seeks details for a project from different companies, with a selection process that follows.