Virginia: Casino won’t factor into IDA’s economic plans David McGee, Bristol Herald Courier · August 11, 2020 at 7:44 am Members of the Bristol Virginia Industrial Development Authority were asked Monday to essentially ignore a possible casino when considering short-term economic development goals. The board, which held its reorganizational meeting and chose Paul Conco as chairman and Ric Watts as vice chairman, spent more than 30 minutes discussing an economic development strategic plan. City Manager Randy Eads and Economic Development Director Chris Wilcox requested the input. The proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is — at this point — in the hands of city voters, who will approve or reject plans to bring it to the Bristol Mall. If approved, the project is forecast to generate millions in annual tax revenues for the city.