Induced and indirect impact on the economic output on the State of Oklahoma from both construction and operations is estimated to equal just over $2.2 billion annually, giving a total economic impact of $7.2 billion from annual operations and construction. Of that, 60 percent occurred in rural areas.
Tribal Government Gaming direct output was $4.75 billion in 2015, representing 3 percent of private production in the Oklahoma economy.
Annual employee benefits of almost $320 million including healthcare, dental and life insurance, and retirement plans.
Tribal Government Gaming Operations and Related Facilities supported 27,944 ongoing jobs in 2015, of which 76.6 percent were full-time. Rural Gaming Operations accounted for 18,470 or 66.1 percent of these jobs; urban Gaming facilities accounted for 9,474 jobs, or 33.9 percent.
In 2015, Oklahoma Tribal Government Gaming Operations and their employees paid out almost $325 million in payroll-related taxes, including $33 million in income taxes to the State of Oklahoma.
Annual wages, salaries and tips of almost $1.05 billion in 2015.
Almost 45.9 million visits to Oklahoma Tribal Government Gaming Operations occurred in 2015, including 18.7 million from out of state. Rural gaming facilities account for 29.3 million visits, or 63.9 percent, which includes almost 84 percent of total out-of-state visits.
Oklahoma Tribal Governments have paid the State a total of $1.123 billion in Exclusivity Fees since 2006.
In 2015 alone, Oklahoma Tribal Government Gaming Operations spent $363 million on capital improvements, creating an estimated 2,768 jobs and earnings of almost $124 million in the construction industry.
Induced and indirect impact on employment in the State of Oklahoma, from both construction and operations, is estimated to equal 17,050 on-going jobs, giving a total employment impact of 48,942 jobs from annual operations and construction. Of this, 64 percent occurred in rural areas.
Induced and indirect impact on earnings in the State of Oklahoma from construction and operations is estimated to equal more than $713 million annually, giving a total earnings impact from annual operations and construction of $2.3 billion, of which 64 percent occurred in rural areas.
The deadline for essay, application and other forms must be postmarked by May 31, 2018 – no exceptions.
The 2018 essay topic will be posted here in March, 2018. The topic for the 2017 essay was – How has the Tribal Gaming Industry changed or affected your life and community?
John Marley Scholarship
“In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.” John F. Kennedy, address at the University of California, Berkeley (March 23, 1962)
The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association established the John Marley Scholarship Foundation in 2008 to provide educational opportunities for OIGA member employees and their families. The John Marley Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the search for knowledge and the provision of scholarships for eligible individuals in order to attend accredited colleges, universities and trade schools in Oklahoma or other states.
The Foundation is named for John Marley, a man instrumental in the development of the Association. A salesman by trade, Marley has preached the importance of education, and sharing knowledge, to Association members since its founding. Marley has been a vendor of everything from bingo daubers to electronic games in his more than 20 years in Oklahoma, but to many he has been much more: a friend, a counselor, and a mentor who has always put the interests of Oklahoma Indian Gaming above all else.
A recognizable voice and a smiling face at tribal activities throughout the State, Marley has become known for his passionate voice; encouraging tribal members to take a bigger role in the success of their gaming operations. John Marley represents the goals of the Foundation, and it is fitting that the Foundation bears his name. The John Marley Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for OIGA member employees and members of their families who meet certain minimum requirements, who complete an application and who are selected by the Foundation’s board to receive a scholarship.