VERONA, NY – The Oneida Indian Nation has announced plans for the largest expansion and financial reinvestment at Turning Stone Resort Casino in the last 20 years. The massive multi-year project will nearly double the existing convention and meeting space at the resort. To support the increase of convention guests, the expansion will also include a new hotel at Turning Stone, roughly the same size as the Tower Hotel, with approximately 250 guest rooms, as well as new dining options, outdoor spaces and additional amenities. Together, these additions will help attract even more regional and national events from across the country, further increasing tourism to the region.
The expansion project at Turning Stone will result in millions of dollars spent with local businesses and vendors and create hundreds of local construction jobs. The expansion will also support the continued growth of the Oneida Indian Nation’s workforce with hundreds of new permanent jobs once completed. Over the last three decades, the Oneida Indian Nation has invested more than $1 billion in Central New York.
Planning for the multi-year expansion is already underway with ground-breaking expected to take place in 2023.
“As we begin our largest reinvestment in two decades, we embark upon a new chapter for our enterprises, ensuring that we remain one of the top event and tourism destinations in New York for decades to come,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO. “Today, we are experiencing record demand for hosting conferences and other events at Turning Stone that far outpaces our current hotel and convention facilities. This extensive multi-year expansion project will help us meet this rising need and even greater demand in the future. Our 30-year track record has proven that investments like this are essential to sustain the growth and success of our enterprises and the entire region.”
“As one of the largest employers and key contributors for investments that bring millions of visitors to Central New York every year, the Oneida Indian Nation has been a critical driver in the economic development of Oneida County,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “This latest investment at Turning Stone Resort Casino – the largest in 20 years – expands on this partnership, and along with the Nexus Center, continues our shared goal for the revitalization of Oneida County. We know that when the Oneida Indian Nation does well, Oneida County does well, and the expansion of Turning Stone will help grow this success with increased tourism, new jobs, and more.”
“The partnership between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Town of Verona has played an important role in our mutual growth and success,” said Scott Musacchio, Verona Town Supervisor. “Recently, this partnership helped provide water and sewer infrastructure for the Oneida Indian Nation’s new employee housing, an innovative approach to increasing affordable housing and growing jobs within our community. Turning Stone’s expansion will continue this partnership, injecting significant investment into our local economy, and further establishing Verona as a world-class destination for tourism, conventions, and more.”