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Rising Star Casino Resort Is Committed to the Community

By Livability on February 24, 2022

Rising Star Casino Resort
Courtesy of Rising Star Casino Resort

Not every casino resort operates a river ferry for the convenience of guests and neighbors or has easy access to nearby downtown businesses, but that’s what sets Rising Star Casino Resort apart. 

It would be hard to imagine any business more committed to its community than Rising Star. 

“The more things that bring people to a community, the more opportunity there is,” says Jim McCracken, assistant general manager of Rising Star Casino Resort. “We call it a good neighbor policy, the full-circle approach of embracing your neighbors. It really contributes to the quality of life.” 

The resort was the first casino along the Ohio River in Ohio County, Indiana. With 300 workers, it is the largest employer in Rising Sun, a historic town with a population of just under 3,000 people, 45 minutes from Cincinnati

“Everyone in this community had to commute for work until Rising Star opened,” McCracken says, referring to the opening of the resort in 1996. 

Today, those workers ensure guests have an unforgettable experience at Rising Star, which offers 294 rooms at its two hotels and 56 spaces at the full-service RV park, as well as Southern Indiana’s only Scottish Links-style golf course. 

Guests can swim in the indoor pool, work out in the fitness center or relax in a steamy sauna or a whirlpool spa before enjoying a variety of dining options. 

In the gift shop, a popular snack is gourmet popcorn from Plug’s Sweet Tooth shop in nearby Aurora, Indiana. 

“The more things that bring people to a community, the more opportunity there is. ” 

Jim McCracken, assistant general manager of Rising Star Casino & Resort

Then it’s time to head to the casino, where guests can enjoy a full variety of gaming options, as well as slot machines and a sports book. 

Or visitors can make their way to downtown Rising Sun to shop (be sure to stop by custom harp maker Rees Harps) or dine at a local restaurant. 

“We have a beautiful riverfront in Rising Sun,” McCracken concludes. “Our guests like to take a morning walk and enjoy our town.” 

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