Here we go. Once again, the citizens of Prince George’s County have the opportunity to take one giant step closer to making the county a world-class destination. On Nov. 6, voters will go to the polls to cast their vote for Question 7, which will allow existing casinos in Maryland to offer table games and to expand the number of casinos to six, with the casino being awarded to Prince George’s County. Passage of the bill will transcend gaming as we imagine it. It will bring MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leaders in global hospitality, to National Harbor, spending $800 million to bring upscale dining restaurants, luxury shopping, a fabulous hotel, conference and meeting facilities, and world-class entertainment. The highlight of their arrival in Prince George’s County is expected to create approximately 8,400 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs. In addition to jobs being created in Prince George’s County, another 1,600 direct permanent jobs would be created in the five existing gaming facilities.
MGM has a deep commitment to sustaining the quality of life in the communities where they operate through philanthropic efforts, volunteer services and participation in local civic organizations. Furthermore, they not only recognize the benefit of employing minorities for well-paying careers, but they are also committed to providing opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses to participate in supplier and construction contracts.
We may never get an opportunity like this again, so join with me as we exercise our individual vote to support “Question 7.” You have a choice, not a chance, to be a part of an ultimate experience; vote for Question 7.
Jerome Brayboy, Clinton