An economic analysis shows how much of a financial powerhouse the Coquille Indian Tribe and The Mill Casino in North Bend are for the Coos County economy.
The ECONorthwest study, which was released July 9, analyzes the economic impact of the tribe and the casino during 2010. The ripple effect of the casino and tribal operations throughout the state amounted to $165 million in direct and indirect impacts, generating 1,555 jobs, the study concluded.
Now the tribe wants to expand into Medford to help serve its 100 tribal members residing in Jackson County, but also to increase its revenues.
For Coos County, the economic impact of both the tribal government and the casino totaled $125 million, including direct revenues of the casino and tribes and their effect on other businesses in the county.
By itself, gaming and other services related to The Mill Casino generated $47 million in 2010, employing 512. Employment income amounted to $26 million.
Tribal government during the same year generated $22 million, employing 110. Employment income added up to almost $8 million.
In 2010, the tribe contributed more than $600,000 to charities.
The tribe purchased a closed lumber mill in North Bend on U.S. Highway 101 in 1995, converting it into The Mill Casino. Since then a hotel and recreational vehicle park for 102 vehicles have been added.
In 2008, an upscale, high-rise hotel was built, doubling the number of rooms to 203.
The Coquille tribe has 6,469 acres of reservation land, which includes a 5,400-acre forest and 1,069 acres at the casino and near Charleston for a community center, cranberry farm and other tribal business.
“We obviously took a hit when the economy took a hit in 2008," said Ray Doerning, spokesman for the casino and tribe.