North Randall: Thistledown racino job fair underway

8:45 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH RANDALL -- Thistledown's race track makeover means 600 new jobs for the North Randall community.

Caesar's Entertainment is hosting a job fair Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

It is a call to employment at what will soon be Northeast Ohio's first racino.

"I never heard of a racino before so I am open to all kinds of avenues," applicant Eugene Forte said.

Eugene Forte and his girlfriend, Joy Davis, hope to be one of the lucky 600 that are selected to work at the new Thistledown Racino.

Both have been unemployed for sometime. Joy was a registered nurse.

"There was a position for EMT which I found was interesting," Davis said.

Diversity is David Swann's middle name.

This single father has worked temp jobs since the economy crashed in 2009. He has a daughter who is in her second year of college.

"I tell her, 'get your degree and you have a better chance of doing something.' It's rough. Luckily, she's smart," Swann said.

Thistledown's renovation includes new restaurants, shops, off-track betting booths and video lottery terminals.

The $88 million project is currently under construction and on time. These 600 new employees should report to work sometime this spring.

Caesar's Entertainment job fair offers resume and interview workshops. Applicants can apply online at terminals set up in two rooms.

"We want a team that is inclusive of different thought processes and different experiences and from different industries," VP of Human Resources Karen Kaminski said.

The racino promises an economic booster shot for the whole North Randall community. Applicants aren't just looking for a fast buck but, instead, a new start.


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