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Economic Timeline

1969

- Chahta Development Company opens as the first Tribally-owned company.

1971

- Phase 1 of the Pearl River Industrial Park is completed.

1979

- Chahta Enterprise Plant 1 opens to make automotive wiring harnesses for Packard Electric, a division of General Motors.

1981

- American Greeting leases a manufacturing facility in the Pearl River Industrial Park; the construction of this facility was financed with Industrial Revenue Bonds, a first in Indian country.

1983

- Chahta Enterprise expands its facility in the Pearl River Industrial Park.

1985

- Choctaw Electronics Enterprise opens in the Pearl River Industrial Park as a joint-venture with Oxford Speaker Company to manufacture automotive speakers for Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation.

1986

- Chahta Enterprise opens a new facility in DeKalb, MS, to employ residents in the Bogue Chitto Community.

- Choctaw Manufacturing Enterprise opens in the Carthage, MS, Industrial Park as a contract manufacturing company employing residents of the Red Water and Standing Pine communities.

1987

- Chahta Enterprise opens another facility in Conehatta, MS, to employ its residents.

- Choctaw Residential Center opens to provide a high-quality nursing home for Tribal members and area residents.

1988

- Choctaw Shopping Center opens in the Pearl River Community to make goods and services more convenient for Tribal members.

1989

- Choctaw Forestry Enterprise opens as a forestry management company.

- Choctaw Office Supply opens.

1991

- First American Printing & Direct Mail is purchased out of bankruptcy in Ocean Springs, MS, at the request of Senator Trent Lott.

1993

- Choctaw/Yates joint-venture is created to act as the general contractor for major construction projects on the Reservation.

1994

- Choctaw Electronics Enterprise expands its facility to accommodate increasing business.

- First American Plastic Molding Enterprise, a joint-venture with Quad, Inc., opens in Ocean Springs, MS, to produce plastic cutlery for McDonald's Corporation. Silver Star Hotel & Casino opens in the Pearl River Community.

- Silver Star Hotel & Casino opens Phase 2 by converting the bingo hall into an area.

1995

- Choctaw Manufacturing Enterprise opens Plant 2 in the Carthage, MS, Industrial Park.

1996

- First American Plastic Molding Enterprise builds a new manufacturing facility in Ocean Springs, MS.

1997

- Dancing Rabbit Golf Club opens the 18-hole Azaleas Course.

- Silver Star Hotel & Casino opens Phase 4 with 400 new hotel rooms, three additional restaurants, more gaming area and retail shopping.

1998

- Chahta Enterprise expands its facilities in DeKalb, MS.

1999

- Chahta Enterprise opens its facilities in Sonora, Mexico.

- Dancing Rabbit Golf Club opens the Oaks course, another 18-hole course. Conehatta Market opens in the Conehatta community.

2000

- Choctaw Ace Hardware opens.

- Choctaw Manufacturing Enterprise opens Plant 3 in the Carthage, MS, Industrial Park.

- Choctaw Town Center Phase 1 opens to replace the original Choctaw Shopping Center.

- Conehatta Market opens in the Conehatta Community.

- Construction begins on the 285-acre Choctaw Recreational Lake.

2001

- AGT, Applied Geo Technologies, Inc. was founded in December as the Tribe's first high-tech business.

2002

- Golden Moon Hotel & Casino officially opens. Geyser Falls Water Theme Park opens.

2005

Lake Pushmataha, a 285-acre recreational lake, opens to the public.

2006

- The Choctaw TechParc opened in March. The Choctaw TechParc is a 150-acre business community dedicated to serving the needs of the high-tech industry.

2008

- In February, Hilton Garden Inn Choctaw opens.

- Choctaw-Ikhana is established in June.

2010

- Bok Homa Casino opened in November. Located in Sandersville, MS, it is the latest addition to Pearl River Resort.