County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement From County Executive Rushern L Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 7/21/2014 5:15 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Press Secretary/Deputy Communications Manager, Phone: 240-619-9400

Prince George’s County Council Approves MGM Site Plan

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following the 8-1 passage by the County Council, sitting as District Council, that approved the site plan for the $925 million high-end destination resort at National Harbor: 

 “I want to thank my colleagues on the Prince George’s County Council for approving the site plan and allowing this nearly billion dollar development project to launch, which will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for county residents and businesses. Throughout this entire process the County Council asked the right questions and effectively represented the interests and concerns of their constituents.  They set a high standard of expectations and I am confident that the outcome of this project will live up to the outcomes that we all have for this facility.

Nearly two and half years ago, I decided to support the expansion of gaming into Prince George’s County only if it meant bringing a high-end destination resort casino.  I envisioned it to be an economic development game-changer, generate thousands of jobs and provide residents and visitors with high-quality restaurants, retail, and entertainment amenities.  Today’s vote puts us one step closer to that vision becoming a reality and another example that Prince George’s County is the ‘Place to Be.’ 

Last month, MGM Resorts International and Prince George’s County agreed on a comprehensive and historic Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that features an ambitious commitment to hiring county residents and contracting opportunities for local businesses.  The CBA is currently before the County Council for their consideration and I look forward to the Council supporting this unprecedented agreement.  As this project moves forward, I encourage interested County residents, businesses and stakeholders to read this agreement and familiarize themselves with the opportunities that the new MGM National Harbor project is bringing to Prince George’s County.”