One of the world's leading gaming corporations is interested in operating a casino at National Harbor.
FOX 5 has learned that MGM officials met with Maryland legislators about the proposal earlier this week, and more talks are set for Friday.
The proposed casino would be located on the site commonly referred to as the plateau at National Harbor.
MGM Spokesman Gordon Absher has released a statement confirming the company's intent.
"With the many millions of customers in the region, under the right circumstances, our company would be very interested in the Maryland market," Absher writes.
It is welcome news for Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.
"Clearly that's what we want for Prince George's County, to have a high end Casino there, so we are very glad MGM is interested," Baker says.
The proposal to put a casino at National Harbor is drawing mixed reviews.
"People wouldn't have to go to Delaware and all, so it would be excellent," Samantha Setles says.
Butch Settles, who has lived in the county more than 40 years, is worried about losing his chill out spot in a section of the county that's been revitalized.
"Just look at what's happening here. People are getting fit, they're meeting new people," Settles says. "I just don't think a casino would be good."
This isn't a done deal yet. Maryland lawmakers would have to agree to allow a sixth casino in the state.
Governor Martin O'Malley has indicated he would call legislators back to Annapolis during the week of July 9 for an extended session on gambling.
MGM officials are watching those developments closely.
Statement from the Office of Michael Busch, Speaker of House of Delegates:
"We can confirm that the Speaker did meet with representatives from MGM this week - where they discussed with Speaker Busch their strong interest in developing and operating a high-end world class hotel and casino in the banks of the Potomac at National Harbor. This is not a done deal - and negotiations are on going with this office and others here in Annapolis."