DETROIT, June 8, 1998 -- The City of Detroit and the three groups selected
to develop casinos in Detroit
will sponsor a public forum at the Cobo Conference Center on Saturday, June 13, to enable individuals to sign up
for consideration for a job with Detroit's casinos. The following Saturday, June 20, a Business Opportunity Forum will be held to outline the opportunities that will exist for businesses to contract with the casinos.
Individuals who attend the Job Opportunity Forum will fill out job bank
cards that will be entered in a shared job
bank. The job bank will become a pool of potential job applicants for all three casinos. Those attending the forum
also will receive a listing of the types of jobs available at each casino and an overview of the qualifications
required for each job. The Michigan Gaming Control Board also will have a display booth set up to provide
information about licensing requirements and to identify which jobs will require state licenses.
The Job Opportunity Forum will begin at 10 a.m. in Cobo Center, where
participants will receive information
packets and be given job bank cards to fill out. The card will ask for the individual's name, address, social security
number, and telephone number, and will include a notification of the requirement that an individual must be 21
years old on the date he or she is employed in order to hold a gaming job. The casinos will use the data from the
cards to send out information about their respective job applications, where they can be picked up, and how to
apply for jobs.
Once participants have filled out and turned in the job bank cards,
they will enter an exhibit area set up by the
City, the three casinos, and the Michigan Gaming Control Board in the Michigan Hall at Cobo. Each casino will
have its own exhibit area staffed by people who work for that casino.
Information will be available about a variety of jobs, including accounting
jobs, dealers, table game operators, slot
technicians and floor staff, hotel front desk, hotel housekeeping, engineering and maintenance, cage workers and
cashiers, food and beverage services, security and surveillance, and marketing and player development.
Prospective employees will learn about employment qualifications, licensing
requirements, pay scales, working
conditions, fringe benefits, and the hiring timetable and recruiting process.
The Casino Business Opportunity Forum will be held the following Saturday,
June 20, at 10 a.m. in Cobo Center.
It will feature seminar-style presentations for participants to obtain first-hand information on opportunities
available to businesses and vendors.
City officials say the Job Opportunity Forum being held this Saturday,
June 13, and the Business Opportunity
Forum to be held June 20 will give Detroiters the information they need to take advantage of both casino jobs and
business opportunities on a timely and fair basis.
Herb Strather, a local partner in the Atwater/Circus Circus Casino,
said, "Our goal at the job fair will be to allow
anyone interested in a job the opportunity to learn about the possibilities from our employees and managers.
Over 40 Circus Circus employees from other casinos around the country will be at booths to answer questions
and share their experiences about working for a Circus Circus managed property."
Marvin Beatty, a long-time Detroit resident, community activist and
a partner in Greektown Casino, said,
"Greektown Casino is Detroit's casino home team, and we are committed to providing as many job opportunities
as possible to Detroit residents. We are from Detroit and from Michigan ourselves. We've spent our lives here,
our businesses are here, and we already employ more than 4,000 people from Michigan and from Detroit. If you're
on the Greektown Casino team, you're on a team that is committed to success and to providing customers with
the best and most exciting entertainment experience anywhere."
Alex Yemenidjian, President and COO of MGM Grand, Inc., said, "We are
committed to reaching our hiring and
training goals, with emphasis on hiring residents, economically disadvantaged, and unemployed workers, as well
as to identifying local businesses with whom we can contract for goods and services. These forums are a major
step in assuring we can meet our goals. We are eager to move forward."