County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 12/20/2013 3:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson | (240) 619-9400

​Selection of MGM Resorts International for Prince George’s County Gaming License by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission

Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released the following statement following the announcement that MGM Resorts International was awarded the State of Maryland’s 6th Gaming License by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission.  According to State Law, a casino in Prince George’s County cannot open until July 1, 2016:

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission for their hard work and diligence in analyzing the proposals for a gaming license in Prince George’s County.  I also congratulate MGM Resorts International for being awarded the license and thank each of the companies for their interest in investing in Prince George’s County.

Nearly two years ago, I decided to support the expansion of gaming in the state and to Prince George’s County, but my vision was a departure from the model for gaming that the state had previously endorsed.  The vision I had was for a high-end destination resort that would generate tens of millions of dollars in direct revenue and thousands of jobs for Prince George’s County. Today’s announcement is a tremendous step toward making that vision a reality.

MGM’s proposal will create a facility that will be an architectural gem in the region and I am proud to welcome them to Prince George’s County.  I look forward to working with them as partners to build a wonderful new destination resort casino that will serve the Washington Region and the world.”