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At an event on February 26, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), owners of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, announced that combined revenue sharing payments to the State of Michigan and the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board (FLRSB) have exceeded $217 million since 2009. This was the fifth consecutive record contribution, with combined payments of over $24.7 million to the State of Michigan and the FLRSB.

The payment to the State totaled more than $18.9 million, an increase of 2.31% over the 2019 payment, while the payment to the FLRSB totaled over $5.8 million with a 1.86% increase. In total, the NHBP has contributed over $162.7 million to the State and $54.8 million to the FLRSB since FireKeepers’ doors opened in 2009.

“Contributing over $217 million creates an awesome impact for our state and local region and this announcement is a milepost of great pride for tribal members of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the staff and management of FireKeepers Casino Hotel,” said Jamie Stuck, NHBP Tribal Council Chairperson.

The check to the State of Michigan was presented to Rep. Matt Hall of Michigan’s 63rdDistrict, which includes the location of FireKeepers. The check to the FLRSB was presented to Secretary Derek King, who is a Calhoun County Commissioner.

FireKeepers and the NHBP focuses on reinvesting in local communities and supporting charitable endeavors. In 2017, The Fire Hub restaurant was opened in Battle Creek, which combines a restaurant and bakery with the Kendall Street Food Pantry. At the event this week, the NHBP presented a check for $11,242 from 2019 restaurant proceeds to Peter Vogel, Executive Director of The Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

“The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi are the best owners in the hospitality industry, providing a fantastic package of salaries and benefits to attract the spectacular men and women who form our great team, plus the substantial investment dollars to maintain and expand our resort. Every day we witness the physical manifestation of this support, as construction of our second hotel tower moves forward in anticipation of a grand opening late this year,” said Kathy George, CEO at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.

Groundbreaking on the new 200-room hotel tower began in 2019, and is projected to be completed in late 2020.


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