As early as the 16th century, when the first Europeans ventured into what is now east Mississippi, the Choctaw people had developed a strong economy based on communal ownership and doing business with others. Today, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is a federally recognized, self-governing Indian tribe with 9,500 enrolled members, most of whom live on or near the Tribe's 35,000-acre Reservation in east central Mississippi. We own and operate a diversified portfolio of manufacturing, service, retail and tourism enterprises. Currently, our manufacturing portfolio includes six manufacturing companies in five Mississippi counties. Our customers include McDonald's, American Greetings, Club Car, Delphi Packard, Caterpillar, Bergstrom and Ford Power Products. A recent study by Mississippi State University discovered that the Tribe was responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 permanent jobs that earn in excess of $380 million in annual payroll. Future economic initiatives include our entrance into a variety of high tech fields, further diversification of our existing product lines and the continued expansion of our resort attractions.
In 1994, the Tribe opened the Silver Star Hotel & Casino, representing the Tribe's entry into the hospitality industry. The property proved to be an overwhelming success, and underwent five expansions in five years that currently attracts approximately 3.2 million tourists annually. The Tribe diversified its resort amenities in 1997 with the opening of Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, which now contains two 18-hole, championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate.
Demand for the resort continued to exceed the supply, prompting the creation of the Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise to oversee the development and operations of all Resort amenities. The Enterprise has developed a detailed master plan for the creation of the Pearl River Resort that will be encompass over 2,000-acres of tribal property. Upon completion, the Pearl River Resort will include 2 Las Vegas-styled casinos, 1100+ hotel rooms, 2 Top-100 golf courses, a 300-acre recreational lake, conference hotel, water park, specialty retail shops, and more than 15 restaurants, among others.