Controversy arises over the proposed southwestern region casino. Brandon voters reject casino development in their community. As a result, the AMC and the Manitoba government establish the Southwestern Region Casino Site Selection Committee to oversee a site recommendation process, including a call for Expressions of Interest from Manitoba First Nations, the review and assessment of submissions and recommendations. The Committee recommends a site on the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 10. The AMC begins working with the sponsors of the site to move the project forward.