Penn National preparing To Bring Thousands Of Jobs To Columbus
Voters of Ohio came around to the idea of casino gambling several years ago, and now the residents are seeing the payoff for that decision. This week, Penn National gaming opened up a business office in Columbus, which they will use to hire over 2,000 new employees for a Columbus casino.
The Columbus casino is one of four new gaming facilities that have been authorized in Ohio. Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati are the other three places where the casinos will be operating. Rock Gaming will own the Cleveland and Cincinnati casinos, with Penn National running the Columbus and Toledo gaming facilities.
Rock Gaming has already started their hiring process, and it has brought thousands of new jobs to one of the areas of the country that was hit hardest by the economic recession. Residents of Ohio are excited about the opportunity to start a new career. many of the job hopefuls lost their employment during the recession.
"It has been a long couple of years," said Mark Feinman. "I lost my job during the economic crisis, and I have been working on and off part-time since. I hope I get a job in the casino, because it looks like it could finally become something steady for me and my family in the future."
Rock Gaming will open the first of the four casinos in Cleveland later this month. The Toledo casino will be the first opened by Penn National, and that opening will occur later this summer. The Cincinnati casino does not yet have a date for opening, and the Columbus facility is tentatively set to open this Fall.
Penn National has several casinos throughout the US, and won the opportunity to open casinos in Ohio when voters overturned their long-standing opposition to casino gambling. The voters found the proposal for the four casinos to be fair, and in the light of an economic meltdown, the voters chose the option that would bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
"These casinos opening will serve several purposes," said Ohio resident Tracy Hanley. "The jobs created will be a great benefit, but also, for all of us gamblers that have had to travel across the country to find casino resorts, the casinos will be a way for us to enjoy some gambling while still staying close to home."
May 1, 2012
Posted By April Gardner
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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