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Michigan casino breaks ground on new conference facility

15 October 2010

HARRIS, Michigan -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Island Resort & Casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has broken ground on a new $2 million conference center to attract more corporate golf outings and meetings.

The resort – which owns and operates award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club – started the 8,000 square-foot expansion project this fall. Located adjacent to the Sweetgrass pro shop, it will nearly double private function space to 17,400 square feet throughout the property.

"Since opening Sweetgrass in 2008, we've seen an increased demand for private parties and golf outings," said Island Resort & Casino General Manager Tom McChesney. "Recent national rankings of our golf course have drawn groups who also need space for pairing parties, board retreats, and non-profit banquets."

Scheduled to be completed in April, 2011, the conference center addition will increase total seating capacity by 828. It can be accessed via a new private outdoor entrance and is within easy indoor walking distance from the casino's main floor, showroom, in-house restaurants and 275 hotel rooms.

The expansion is the latest of many capital improvements on the Island Resort & Casino campus, which have included the golf course, 1,700-seat Showroom, Palm Tower hotel wing with 162 additional guest rooms and luxury Presidential Suite.

Spring 2011 corporate golf outings or private events can now be scheduled by calling 906-723-2141.or visiting

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