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MGM National Harbor announced Friday the hiring of its 100th minority-owned business to work on the $1.3 billion National Harbor resort casino project.

The contract was awarded to Washington, D.C.-based Parkinson Construction, which was founded in the 1980s by company President Nigel Parkinson Sr.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project and I am glad to see MGM National Harbor making minority-owned businesses such a priority,” Parkinson said. “For our company, the National Harbor contract means jobs and the opportunity to work on a high-profile project. It’s a project that comes around once in a lifetime.”

Lorenzo Creighton, president and COO for MGM National Harbor, called the contract “an important milestone” for the National Harbor project and its efforts to foster diversity and expand economic opportunities.

“We are building an impressive team that reflects the community of which we are so proud to be a part,” said Creighton, who reiterated the project’s commitment to spending $350 million on minority-business contracgt. “We are continuing Prince George’s County’s long tradition of inclusion and diversity. Those values are what attracted us to National Harbor.”

Several other minority-owned businesses have also recently been awarded contracts, including Tobar Construction Inc., a Hispanic-American-owned construction company headquartered in Prince George’s County, and Crystal Steel Fabricators, an Asian-American-owned metal fabrication company.

“The outstanding progress of the MGM National Harbor project is creating jobs and growing minority businesses in our community every day,” said David Harrington, president of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. “Today’s announcement confirms that this $1.3 billion project is making a very real impact in our community.”

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