Economic Benefits

Muskegon County will see an increase in its tourism industry as the area becomes a year-round tourist destination with the construction of the Little River Band’s proposed casino.


The Muskegon Chronicle wrote an editorial March 28, 2010
(see the MLive article) supporting a tribal casino for Fruitport Township and urging the Michigan Legislature to “expand Muskegon’s tourism industry.”

A tribal casino at the former racetrack will be an economic catalyst for the Muskegon County region and the state of Michigan. The project is expected to generate approximately 1,200 construction jobs. The $180 million investment by the LRBOI would encourage growth in the entire region.

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Economic Catalyst for Muskegon County


A casino in Muskegon can benefit the communities of the area in many ways. The majority of the Muskegon property purchased by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will provide tax payments in the exact same amounts as non-tribal businesses, and the local property taxes paid by the casino locations itself will be more than triple the amount of taxes paid by the former race track.

The property surrounding the casino will be used for non-tribal purposes, such as for national chain restaurants, hotels, and retail outlets. All of which will provide jobs, tax payments, and tourists to our local economy.


Economic Contribution to Local Government


  • State compact provides 2% payment of electronic gaming net win in the form of Payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) to Local Revenue Sharing Board (LRSB).
  • Local Revenue Sharing Board has received $18,785,000 since 1999.
  • State compact provides Local Revenue Sharing Board (LRSB) with 6 governmental units.
  • Above and beyond the PILT, the Tribe has established a 7th Generation Fund that will contribute to charitable organizations:
    • 0%, 1%, 1%, 2%, 2% of the electronic gaming net win over the first 5 years of operation and 2% every year after this.
  • Fund matures over a seven year period then disburses 90% of earned interest then 10% goes back into the fund balance

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Economic Catalyst for Muskegon County


  • Project Labor Agreement.
  • Projected 1.88 million visitors annually.
  • $10-12 million goods and services annually to be purchased in the community.

A casino in Muskegon can benefit the communities of the area in many ways. The majority of the Muskegon property purchased by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will provide tax payments in the exact same amounts as non-tribal businesses, and the local property taxes paid by the casino locations itself will be more than triple the amount of taxes paid by the former race track.

The property surrounding the casino will be used for non-tribal purposes, such as for national chain restaurants, hotels, and retail outlets. All of which will provide jobs, tax payments, and tourists to our local economy.