PORTSMOUTH, Va. & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rush Street Gaming, Portsmouth’s developer and preferred gaming operator for the upcoming Rivers Casino Portsmouth, has selected The Miles Agency to lead its public relations and community engagement throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Miles Agency is a marketing and public relations firm based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 1989 by Delceno Miles, The Miles Agency has 30-plus years of servicing a diverse roster of public and private clients—among them the United States Navy, City of Portsmouth, Hampton Roads Transit, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Virginia Power, Hampton University and more. The Miles Agency is a long-standing minority- and woman-owned business.
“We’re grateful to Portsmouth voters for approving our casino plans last November,” said Jacob Oberman, senior vice president of development for Rush Street Gaming. “Collaboration with our host community is a hallmark of Rush Street’s development philosophy. The Miles Agency shares our commitment to proactive, transparent communications to keep stakeholders informed and engaged.”
Rivers Casino Portsmouth, a $300 million local investment, will anchor the all-new Entertainment District planned for Victory Boulevard. Rivers Casino Portsmouth will bring 1,300 permanent jobs and 1,400 temporary construction jobs to Hampton Roads—with a Portsmouth First commitment to hiring and contracting, along with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the project. The property is projected to generate more than $16 million in new annual tax revenues for Portsmouth.
“Rivers Casino Portsmouth is a welcome addition to our region and to our client roster,” said Delceno Miles, president and CEO of The Miles Agency. “Our team appreciates and values Rush Street’s community-minded approach. The positive impact of this project will be transformative for the region, and we’re thrilled to be part of it.”
The new Rivers Casino includes plans for a hotel, indoor and outdoor concert venues, conference space, multiple restaurants and more. Rivers Casino’s gaming floor will feature a wide variety of slots, table games, a poker room and a state-of-the-art BetRivers Sportsbook.
Rush Street Gaming is currently pursuing a casino operator’s license from the Virginia Lottery Board and expects to break ground upon approval from the Virginia Lottery Board. Grand opening will occur approximately two years from the start of construction. Rivers Casino Portsmouth is also pursuing an online sports betting license from the Virginia Lottery Board.
About Rush Street Gaming: Founded by Neil Bluhm and Greg Carlin, Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates have developed and operate successful casinos in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Des Plaines, IL (Chicago area) and Schenectady, NY. By placing an emphasis on superior design and outstanding customer service, Rush Street Gaming has become one of the leading casino developers in the United States. Existing casinos generate over $1 billion in annual gaming revenues, and all Rush Street Gaming casinos have been voted a “Best Place to Work” or “Top Workplace” by their Team Members.