HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 27Issue 6GUN LAKE CASINO CONTRIBUTED $2.8 BILLION TO MICHIGAN ECONOMY OVER 10 YEARS

In a press release issued Wednesday, The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) announced the 10-year anniversary of the Gun Lake Casino, which opened on February 11, 2011. An economic impact report of the past ten years shows that the Tribe has invested $415 million into Gun Lake Casino, paying $502 million in wages. In total, the casino contributed $2.8 billion to Michigan's economy since its opening.

"This is a proud milestone for the Gun Lake Tribe, our team members, and the supporters in this community who played an integral role in Gun Lake Casino becoming a reality," said Tribal Chairman Bob Peters. "As illustrated in the ten-year economic impact report we released today, the Casino provided $2.8 billion to Michigan's economy in the last ten years. We intend to protect this economic engine for many more years to come."

Gun Lake Casino directly employs nearly 1,000 team members in gaming operations and pays out approximately $55 million in annual wages. The Casino has paid over $410 million in wages over the past ten years, and purchased over $285 million in goods and services from Michigan-based vendors.

"It is gratifying to celebrate Gun Lake Casino's 10th anniversary. We are extremely thankful for all of our guests and team members - whom have supported our mission over the past decade," said Sal Semola, President and COO for Gun Lake Casino. "As we move into the future, I look forward to maintaining our reputation as an economic mainstay in the local community."

Including the current $100 million casino expansion, the Tribe has invested $415 million into Gun Lake Casino. The current expansion will add more gaming space, entertainment options, and restaurants, bringing the total footprint to 228,000 square feet. Direct construction wages over the past ten years exceed $92 million, with indirect and induced impact of construction generating $148 million in wages. 

The Tribe has shared over $150 million in revenue sharing distributions with State and local governments, schools, law enforcement, and civic organizations. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation received over $98 million, while the local revenue sharing board received over $35 million over the past ten years.

 

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