MMCT Venture LLC, a partnership between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes in Connecticut, released a request for proposals for a casino in the Hartford area.
The move comes amid intense casino competition in the Northeast.
The two tribes are cooperating under terms of recently adopted state legislation designed to protect Connecticut's tribal casino industry from competition.
MMCT cited a recent study that estimated new casinos in New York and Massachusetts will hurt industry in Connecticut, with 9,300 people at risk of losing their jobs if no action is taken.
The RFP from the partnership seeks Hartford-area municipalities willing to host their new gambling venture.
Pearce Real Estate, a woman-owned North Haven, Conn., commercial real estate company, is administering the RFP. The deadline to submit proposals is 4 p.m. Nov. 6. A selection will be made by Dec. 15, according to a statement.
The RFP outlines clear parameters for municipalities, including the need for partners to commit to the protection and preservation of Connecticut jobs; to a sustainable, regional approach to development; and to leverage the gambling facility to create jobs and development opportunities for the region.
It also said bidders must understand that "the gaming market in New England is extremely competitive and that as a result sufficient public infrastructure, tax policies, and willing and well-trained workforces are essential to winning the regional battle for jobs and revenue."
MGM is building an $800 million development in Springfield, Mass., 30 miles north of Hartford. Massachusetts, four years after lawmakers passed enabling legislation, recently opened the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is suing Wynn Resorts looking to block casino mogul Steve Wynn's proposed $1.7 billion casino in Everett. The lawsuit challenges the legitimacy of an environmental certificate for construction Wynn received. The Everett site, just outside Boston, sits on a former Monsanto chemical plant.