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Indian Casinos’ Economic Impact Rising

LOS ANGELES May 5, 2014 9:00pm

• Creates more than 56,000 jobs

• Study funded by Indian Gaming Association

Indian-owned casinos and related businesses has an annual economic impact of $8 billion and provides jobs for more than 56,000 people in California, according to a new study by Beacon Economics and paid for by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.

The study surveyed 17 gaming tribes across the state – or nearly one-third of all tribal government gaming operations in California. It included a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues.

"Tribal government gaming has delivered for our people, our non-tribal neighbors, local and state governments and California taxpayers, as well as providing financial assistance for non-gaming tribes to assist them in building a foundation for economic independence,” says Daniel Tucker, chairman of CNIGA.

Beacon Economics says the benefits are broad-based and statewide, reaching far beyond the tribes themselves.

The study's key findings include:

• Tribal gaming operations in California generated an estimated $8 billion in economic output in 2012 -- $2.9 billion of which represented earnings by California workers -- and supported over 56,000 jobs statewide. • Tribal gaming expenditures totaled roughly $62.8 million per tribe in 2012 and consisted predominantly of advertising, administration, food and drink, and gaming expenditures.

• Over half of the economic output generated by tribal gaming operations came through secondary effects — $4.2 billion — indicating that tribal casinos have a substantial impact on the state economy above and beyond their own direct spending.

• Tribal non-gaming operations in California generated an estimated $2.3 billion in economic output in 2012, supporting over 14,800 jobs statewide, and adding $1.2 billion in value to the state economy – of which $804.6 million represented income for California workers.

• Tribal non-gaming operations directly employed approximately 8,200 workers statewide and supported an additional 6,600 jobs through the secondary effects, such as income spent by tribal casino employees or earnings by suppliers of tribal casinos throughout the state.

• Non-gaming operations stimulated nearly $100 million in economic activity for real estate firms, nearly $50 million for wholesale trade firms, and over $35 million for restaurants and bars throughout California.

• Statewide revenue sharing for tribes without casinos generated more than $100 million in economic output for California and supported 433 jobs statewide in 2012.

• Gaming tribes and their casinos gave $36.6 million in charitable contributions in 2012, generating an estimated $109.2 million in economic output, and supporting an estimated 1,038 jobs statewide. The study also shows that gaming tribes often serve as the most important sources of philanthropic giving in their surrounding communities.

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