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Study: Livingston Casino Generates $170 Million in East Texas Economy | Local News

Naskila Gaming, one of Texas’ few casinos, supports more than 700 jobs and provides $170 million in economic impact to East Texas, according to an economic study by the Texas Forest Country Partnership.

The study updates economic impact numbers from 2018 and reveals what tribal leaders call “the growing impact of the installation of electronic bingo on East Texas.”

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is one of three federally recognized tribes in the state and has long been a part of Texas history, playing an important role in the fight for Texas independence. Today, the Tribe is Polk County’s second-largest employer due to its Naskila Gaming operation, which opened in 2016 and provides electronic bingo and entertainment to 1 million visitors each year.

According to the study, Naskila’s operations support more than 700 local jobs, numerous educational programs, health care facilities and much needed housing programs. Naskila also injects more than $170 million into the East Texas economy each year. This is an increase from the 550 jobs and $140 million in economic impact described in the 2018 Naskila Economic Impact Study, marking a significant increase in the impact the tribe brings to the east of the Texas.

“Naskila Gaming is an incredible employer, providing well-paying jobs with health care and retirement benefits to hundreds of East Texans,” said Nancy Windham, President and CEO of TFCP. “These jobs make a huge difference in the lives of families in our region.

While the majority of Naskila employees live in the area, more than $5 million in annual payroll flows to other Texas counties. In 2019, Naskila spent over $24 million with vendors located in 21 counties across Texas.

“I am extremely proud that our electronic bingo operation supports hundreds of well-paying jobs while providing entertainment for one million visitors each year, 95% of whom come from outside of Polk County,” said Cecilia Flores. , Tribal Council President of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. . “This study reinforces the critical economic impact and jobs that Naskila Gaming provides to families in Deep East Texas – an impact that must be preserved through the Senate’s passage of HR 759. Affirming the Sovereign Right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to offer electronic bingo will save jobs and protect economic opportunities for the people of East Texas.

The Texas Forest Country Partnership (TFCP), formerly known as the Pineywoods Economic Partnership and Deep East Texas Development Association, was founded in 1960 as a regional nonprofit economic development organization.