Report shows tribal gaming employs nearly 15,000 in Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. – A new economic impact study released by The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) ranks tribal nations among the state’s top employers, impacting both jobs and education in the state. The study provides a comprehensive look at the widespread impact of Tribal Gaming in Arizona.
Jonathan Taylor of the Taylor Policy Group (TPG), a renowned economics and public policy consultancy specializing in indigenous community research, produced “The Economic Impact of Tribal Gaming in Arizona.” Taylor’s core findings of the study include:
- Statewide, tribal gaming operations employed nearly 15,000 Arizonans, a majority of whom are non-Indians.
- Tribal gaming revenues fund investments in non-gaming economic diversification projects such as resorts, hospitals and fire stations, which employ thousands of additional Arizonans.
- When tribal governments purchased and hired in 2014, they generated more than $2.5 billion in estimated gross state product, including $1.6 billion in labor income and $271 million in state and federal taxes other than income taxes.
- Under tribal-state compacts, tribal revenue underwrites important Arizona programs in education, tourism promotion and wildlife conservation. These contributions totaled $1.1 billion since fiscal year 2004, and amounted to nearly $98 million in fiscal year 2014.
“The economic impact study highlights the fact that Tribal Gaming is integral to Arizona’s business community,” said Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “With meaningful job creation throughout the state and significant economic diversification opportunities, Tribal business represents good business for Arizona.”
To ensure data and information from the study is easily accessible to member tribes, the business community and the community at-large, AIGA developed an interactive app specific to the study that will be released at the upcoming AIGA EXPO. For an in-depth look at the comprehensive study, download the full report athttp://bit.ly/AIGAEIStudy.
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