Coquille Tribe, Mill Casino add $125 million and 1,300 jobs to local economy

North Bend, Ore. – Nearly 1,300 local jobs and over $125 million in economic output in 2010 can be directly or indirectly traced to business and governmental activity of the Coquille Indian Tribe, according to an independent study.

The study, conducted by the Eugene-based economic consulting firm ECONorthwest, measured the total economic impact of The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park and the Coquille Tribal government. The study was based on 2010 results, which are the most recent available for full evaluation.

“We commissioned this independent study in order to have a more complete picture of how our business spending reverberates throughout the region,” said Cal Mukumoto, CEO of the Coquille Economic Development Corporation. “We cannot truly understand economic development if we only look at the pieces. We need to look at how the pieces are interrelated.”

According to the study, Tribal government and The Mill directly created 622 jobs during the study year. Their operations accounted for over $68 million in direct spending output including over $33.5 million in labor income for their employees.

This direct spending has secondary impacts in the local and state economy. According to the study, “Secondary impacts begin when The Mill purchases supplies, food and other goods and services from businesses around the county and the state – and some of those businesses hire more workers as a result.” The report notes that Tribal government conducts similar spending as well as capital investment projects such as construction work. Additional secondary economic impact comes from employees who spend their incomes on local goods and services.

Using a recognized formula for calculating secondary impacts, the study concluded that spending by Tribal government and The Mill and their employees generated an additional $57.2 million in economic output, including $21.2 million in labor income in Coos County that supported an additional 670 local jobs. It also generated 39.6 million in economic output in the rest of Oregon that supported 262 jobs with $15.8 million in labor income.

Researchers began with a study of The Mill’s economic impact, but concluded that a full evaluation of the casino should also consider the Tribal government. “Unlike a commercial casino,” the report noted, “The Mill operates not for earning corporate profits, but for serving two important purposes. First, The Mill provides employment for both Tribal members and others in the community. Second, and foremost, The Mill generates revenues for Tribal government.”

According to Coquille Tribal Council Chairman Ed Metcalf, this relationship produces additional community benefits.

“Tribal businesses, particularly The Mill Casino, help our Tribal government to provide specific services to our members the same way the state Lottery helps our state government provide for the health and well-being of its citizens,” Metcalf said. “This spending has an economic impact in the region, but it has an even greater impact by helping our Tribal members be healthy, productive and involved members of our community."

The report added that many of the purchases by The Mill Casino • Hotel “are for services and products that come from suppliers inside Coos County. This spending, combined with the high proportion of county residents working at The Mill, means that dollars spent by The Mill circulate further in the local economy. The ultimate impact is greater economic output, higher incomes, and more jobs in both Coos County and Oregon.”

Compared to the total statewide economic impact of the Tribe and The Mill, Coos County receives 83.1% of the jobs, 77.6% of the employment income and 76.0% of the economic output.

The study also recognizes that while the Coquille Tribe and The Mill are not taxed directly, they do cause higher state and local tax collections when they pay employees or buy goods and services from private businesses. The study found that over $3.5 million of tax revenue going to Coos County governments and over $5.6 million to governments in the State of Oregon can be attributed to The Mill and its employees in 2010. The analysis did not include federal income and social security taxes paid by The Mill and its employees.

About the Coquille Indian Tribe: Comprising a people whose ancestors lived in the lands of the Coquille River watershed and lower Coos Bay, the Coquille Indian Tribe today has over 900 members and a land base of 7,043 acres. After the United States reinstituted federal recognition to the Tribe and restored its full sovereignty rights in 1989, the Coquille Tribal government created an administrative program that now provides housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. The Tribe is the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon, with successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, gaming and hospitality, assisted living and memory care, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.

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Ray Doering, communications manager, 541-756-8800 ext.1243 or (cell) 541-297-4611.