Members of the Menominee Nation and Hard Rock aren’t letting the lack of an approval on their proposed Kenosha casino keep them from attracting interested job applicants with a job site.
The casino is designed for the former Dairyland dog racing facility.
More specifically, the development will need workers in the following areas:
- Cafe, Hotel & Casino Management
- Logistics & Security
- Administrative, Finance & Human Resources
- Engineering & Technical Support
- Retail & Entertainment
- Culinary Arts & Food Service
The groups say they are preparing for Gov. Scott Walker’s approval of the casino, which has an estimated initial investment of $800 million and is expected to create upwards of 3,000 jobs at the property and thousands of ancillary jobs in the surrounding area.
“While negotiations continue on the proposed project, the Menominee and Hard Rock project team believe it is necessary to begin preparations for a gubernatorial approval,” the tribe and Hard Rock are quoted in a story from The Associated Press. “Eventually, up to 3,000 new associates could be employed at the Kenosha facility; therefore, business steps are being taken to prepare for the facility opening.”
The casino was approved last August by the Department of the Interior. Walker said he would only give his okay if the new casino had the support of the community, didn’t increase net gambling in the state and the remaining Wisconsin tribes also approved.
So far, information indicates two of those three benchmarks will be met. The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes are objecting.
Elected officials in both Racine and Kenosha counties fully support the new casino, primarily because of promised jobs for county residents. In the application paperwork, the Menominee say the new casino will create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs; 500 jobs at the casino have been promised to Racine County residents.
Walker had a year from the federal government’s decision to either okay or veto the casino, but he asked for a six-month extension, effectively pushing the deadline to after the November elections are already decided. The governor’s decision is expected in February.