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Under a new agreement signed by Prince George’s and MGM Resorts International officials Tuesday at least 20 percent of construction jobs for the new MGM casino must go to county residents with the goal of 40 percent of jobs going to residents once the casino is operational.

“After months of negotiating, I am proud to say that we have reached a deal with MGM that ensures this facility will have a transformative impact on our residents, businesses and communities,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) in a statement. “The goals for local hiring and contracting in this agreement are both ambitious and fair.”

The agreement sets minimum “best effort” goals for hiring of county residents, as well as higher goals.

Goals are set for the hiring of County-Based Minority Businesses during the construction and operation phases.

The agreement also creates a five-person Oversight Committee and Compliance Manager to provide oversight for the agreement.

The agreement also requires MGM to give $1 million to community organizations prior to opening, and $400,000 a year once the casino resort opens every year the casino is in operation.

It now goes to the County Council for approval prior to the issuance of use and occupancy permits for MGM.

“We look forward to thoroughly reviewing this agreement over the next few weeks and will expeditiously consider the CBA in public session,” County Council Chair Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro said in a statement.

Prospects for education agencies are also an integral aspect of the agreement, said Lorenzo Creighton, president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor. Those include a Culinary Training Program at Potomac High School and programs that will provide at least 10 college-level intern positions per year at the casino. MGM will provide at least 25 sponsorships per year in Prince George’s Summer Youth Enrichment Program, according to the agreement.

Additionally, MGM will fund Community Giving programs, which includes a $1 million contribution to institutions including Prince George’s County Community College and Bowie State University, Creighton said.

The 41-page Community Benefits Agreement, or CBA, can be found online at: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ExecutiveBranch/News/Documents/CBA-between-PGC-MGMNationalHarbor-062172014_2.pdf A summary of the agreement can be found here:

http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ExecutiveBranch/News/Documents/CBA-between-PGC-MGMNationalHarbor-062172014.pdf

Staff Writer Iman Smith contributed to this article.

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