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Southland Park Renovation Creates 250 Gambling Industry Jobs

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Southland Park Gaming and Racing has announced an event next month to fill more than 250 new full-time positions at the renovated casino gambling location.

The former Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis will have a job fair from 10AM-7PM Aug. 29 and 1PM-8PM Aug. 30 to fill various casino gambling positions ranging from gaming floor managers to cashiers to food service workers.

People interested must bring their resumes and ID, and be dressed for on-site interviews. Training for new hires will begin in September.

"Applicants should come dressed for success," said Barry Baldwin, the race track's president. He said the new employees, whose annual wages will average about $30,000, will add $7 million to the track's $6 million payroll.

Baldwin is managing the nearly $40 million in facility improvements that include a 280-seat mega-buffet, a nightclub with regular live entertainment, a 450-seat special events center, gift shop and a 30,000-square-foot electronic gambling area.

The promise of new jobs was the primary focus of Southland's campaign to expand casino gambling into a community where job and population growth had been stagnant for many years recently.

Southland will ask the Arkansas Racing Commission on Aug. 29 to authorize installation of about 900 games of skill that feature blackjack, video poker with cards that are randomly dealt from a 52-card deck and "re-spin" slots that let players spin and pick reels to keep before spinning again.

August 21, 2006
Posted By Terry Goodwin
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