The business affairs are carried out by the part-time Executive Director, Sindee R. Gohde who has been with UMGC since August 20, 2008. Sindee currently lives in McGregor, IA. She has lived and/or worked in Clayton County for 33 years. Her love of the area and Clayton County has never changed. This makes it a pure joy for her to see and be a part of the funding made possible by the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation.
UMGC receives its funding from a .50 admission tax paid for each passenger who boards the Casino Queen Marquette. In addition to this fee the Casino Queen will be responsible for another $100,000 for 2017, again in 2018 and in 2019 the admission tax will be a straight 3.25% of the casino's AGR. This revenue provides the funding UMGC needs to make grants available to qualified organizations. Going to a percentage means UMGC will be able to grant out a greater amount of money each year. The Casino Queen has nothing to do with the UMGC granting process.
Each year, grant applications are accepted by UMGC from non-profit organizations, government entities, and educational facilities. Requests may be for projects or programs in Clayton County or may be from outside the county if they can demonstrate a direct benefit to the residents of Clayton County.