Gilley reacts to Greenetrack raid & more concerts could be coming

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

While Greenetrack is facing pressure from the governor's task force on illegal gambling, Country Crossing remains closed.

News 4 spoke with Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley about the raid.

“It’s another sad day for Alabama. The real travesty that’s associated with that raid is just as it was associated with all the raids so far are that, that was the largest employer in Greene County. Again it’s unfathomable to me that we can continue to send Alabama families’ home without jobs,” says Gilley, “Our unemployment rate just shot up again because of bingo and nothing is going to be done about it. We didn't accomplish anything. All we did was send those few thousand people that went to Greene County to play Greenetrack today, they just simply meandered right on down to Atmore, right on over to Tallapoosa, or right on over to Wetumpka or just across the state line into Mississippi and the money they were going to spend at Greenetrack they spent at nontaxable entities.”

You can find Gilley’s full video response to the raids in Greene County above.

Although Country Crossing in Houston County remains closed Gilley is focusing his attention on success with this year's BamaJam.

The 2010 event grossed more than $8 million.

That's just over the amount it takes to put it on.

Tuesday he was handing out $50,000 of those profits to those who helped make the 3-day concert a success, the 526 volunteers from more than 20 non-profit organizations.

“A lot of agencies are like us. We're struggling bad to get the money that we need just to stay open and open our doors and when we heard about this opportunity I made an immediate call to ask if we could be involved so we appreciate this. Every penny every dollar we get right now makes all the difference in the world,” says Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 Director David Duke.

These are the organization who volunteered and received donations between $250 and $5,000.

Carroll High School Cheerleader Booster Club
Wiregrass United Way
Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1
Alabama Power Service Organization
Flat Creek Volunteer Fire Dept
Habitat for Humanity-Coffee County
Enterprise Civitian Club
Pike County Animal Shelter Coalition
Montgomery Aids Outreach of Dothan
Houston County High School (Varsity Boys Basketball)
Houston County High School (Varsity Cheerleaders)
Coffee County Sherriff’s Posse
Wicksburg High School Marching Band
Enterprise Pride
Geneva High School (Color guard)
Ground Zero Rescue Mission
Enterprise State Community College (Phi Theta Kappa)
Enterprise High School Cross Country
Maxwell-Gunter Top Three Association
Enterprise State Community College (National Society of Leadership & Success)
Southeast Alabama Education Outreach Center
Daleville High School Band
Enterprise Thunder
Enterprise Band

He says entertainment tourism is the key to pulling out-of-state dollars into Alabama.

Plans are now in the works to bring even more music festivals to the BamaJam site in Coffee County.

“We’re contemplating now a gospel festival, alternative Christian gospel festival as well as an old school R&B festival and then a series of concerts at our amphitheatre at country crossing. Again the economic structure has to fall in place for us and unfortunately we're still fighting politics,” says Gilley.

Gilley says if they're able to work out the economic structure, the first event could happen as early as this fall.

He’s hoping to bring between 20 and 30 concerts to the amphitheatre at Country Crossing.


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