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Detroit casino construction jobs may draw more small-business bidders as Gaming Control Board eases licensing requirements

Detroit, April 25, 2017 - Construction subcontractors will find it easier to bid on Detroit casino construction projects beginning June 1 as the Michigan Gaming Control Board eliminates some licensing requirements under a resolution adopted at the April 25 board meeting.

“Some companies may have been discouraged by the MGCB licensing requirements and chosen not to bid, limiting competition,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director. “By changing licensing requirements, we hope to drive small-business growth by encouraging more construction subcontractors to seek business with the casinos. The eased requirements also can save time and money for the casinos, their suppliers and ourselves.”

Starting in June, construction subcontractors working on large casino construction projects may perform up to $2 million worth of work in any rolling 12-month period for a Detroit casino without obtaining an MGCB license. The current maximum is $400,000 worth of work.

The new $2 million limit applies to subcontractors providing services involved in a construction contract.  The resolution also offers an automatic exemption to subcontractors providing certain construction materials on eligible construction projects.

This is the MGCB’s latest action to ease regulatory burdens for Michigan businesses to drive small-business growth while maintaining the integrity of gaming. In January 2015, the board approved less restrictive licensing requirements for non-gaming suppliers.

"The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."