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Hard Rock allies with Paper City Development on Massachusetts destination proposal

The proposed Hard Rock project is slated for the 100-acre Wyckoff Country Club site off Interstate 91. “We are planning a state-of-the-art facility with a wide range of non-gaming amenities that will provide a world-class entertainment experience unique to the region,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. 


HOLYOKE, Mass., Nov. 1, 2011/PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International announced a strategic alliance with Paper City Development LLC., to develop and manage a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Holyoke, Massachusetts pursuant to the proposed legislation to bring gaming to Massachusetts.

“We are thrilled to be working with Paper City Development to bring the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand to Massachusetts,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. The project will complement the local community and its surroundings, as well as rival any property in the world, making the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Holyoke one of the top entertainment destinations in the country. As part of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino family, Holyoke will have the opportunity to be included in an international network of cities including London, Moscow, New York and Singapore, who proudly carry the Hard Rock flag.”

“Hard Rock is a terrific partner with an unmatched track record in hospitality around the globe,” said Joseph Lashinger, Managing Partner of Paper City Development LLC. “Hard Rock will benefit the local community and state by creating thousands of new permanent jobs, increasing out-of-state tourism, and improving area infrastructure. This project will generate a financial impact that only a global company of its kind could bring to the area. Hard Rock’s 40-year history, vast experience and unique commitment to philanthropy made them a perfect partner for this project.”

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock’s current Hotel and Casino properties include two of the most successful resort casinos in the United States, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, both in Florida. Recent expansion has brought the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand to Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic with plans for three new all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico announced in October 2011. Hard Rock also has Hotel and Casino properties in Macau, Las Vegas and Biloxi, as well as a portfolio of standalone hotels and destination resorts operating throughout North America and Asia.

About Paper City Development Company LLC.
The Paper City Development Company LLC. (PCD) is proposing the development of a Western Massachusetts destination resort casino that would include gaming, hotel and entertainment. The company controls the Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, a 100-acre site bordering Interstate 91. The PCD is a partnership between Anthony Cignoli, Springfield-based political and media consultant,Anthony Ravosa, President of the Vince Group, both natives of Western Massachusetts, and Joseph Lashinger, a former Pennsylvania State Legislator and an experienced resort casino developer.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 172 venues in 51 countries, including 135 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando,Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Panama Megapolis, scheduled to open in 2011; Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, scheduled to open in 2012; and Riviera Maya, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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