The Mill powers Coos County

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 on 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.

A comparison of The Mill Casino in North Bend and a casino proposed in Medford. Both casinos would be operated by the Coquille Indian Tribe.

The Mill Casino Proposed Medford casino

Reservation land 10.5 acres 2.4 acres*

Recreational vehicle parking 102 spaces None, or limited

Gaming machines 729 500+

Employees 512 100+

Card tables 12 None

Hotel Yes No

Restaurants 5 1

*The Mill Casino has a total of 32.5 acres with non-reservation land designated for RV parking. The amount of parking for a Medford casino hasn't been determined. The Coquille tribe plans to remodel the bowling alley, possibly demolish Kim's Restaurant and could use the Bear Creek Golf Course property for parking.

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 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.

The tribe wants to expand into Medford to help serve its 100 tribal members residing in Jackson County, but also to increase its revenues.

"We obviously took a hit when the economy took a hit in 2008," said Ray Doerning, spokesman for the casino and tribe.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or email

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