OXON HILL, Md. (WNEW/AP) — You won’t be able to roll any dice at the MGM casino at National Harbor until next year, but builders say it’s set to open as early as next summer.

One thousand construction workers have now been hired to build the site of the future resort and casino.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan spoke during the MGM Resorts International’s 1,000th member construction workforce celebration on Wednesday.

Hogan called it “one of the most important economic development projects in Maryland’s history.”

The $1.2 billion project was projected last year to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs.

The plans for the site include a casino that can hold 3,600 slot machines and 160 table games. Officials said it could open in 20 months.

Rushern Baker, the county executive of Prince George’s Co., expects the casino to bring national tourism to the county.

“There are many people who thought we’d never get to this day,” Baker said. “The things and promises we made to the people, we’re starting to see with these cranes and these trucks.”

Along with the casino MGM plans on a 27,000 square-foot meeting and event space, a parking structure for 4,800 cars and a theater with 3,000.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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