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MGM will hire 1,000 for casino

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Some good news after a day of bad news for the local economy. The good thing is that many of these jobs are marketing, financing, administration, and other white collar jobs. A 1,000 new jobs, and in downtown, no less, is nothing to sneeze at. This will be in addition to the 2,000 exisiting jobs for MGM Grand Detroit:

MGM will hire 1,000 for casino

DETROIT -- With the opening of the new MGM Grand Detroit Casino six to nine months away, the $765 million gambling and hotel complex is gearing up to hire 1,000 workers.

Positions are available in administration, environmental services, finance, food and beverage, hotel operations, human resources, marketing, security, table games, valet and wardrobe, MGM Grand said.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=126989

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wow, I didn't realize how many people they employ. Didn't Comerica say that hey employ about 7,500 employees state wide, and that only a few hundred were leaving? And then MGM alone has 3,000. Of course they're different types of jobs, so they can't be directly compared, but that's still a lot.

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Under an agreement, do all the employees have to be Detroit residents?

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Under an agreement, do all the employees have to be Detroit residents?

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The article stats that half are Detroiters. I believe the city stipulated when the casino was formed here that 50% of their employees must be Detroit residents, so I can only imagine that this would apply to this new round of hiring, too.

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1000 jobs downtown is great! Good to hear after the comerica shpeil.

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1000 jobs downtown is great! Good to hear after the comerica shpeil.

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This is great, the jobs are desperately needed. Hopefully, at some point, the negative job tide can finally be turned. This is certainly a positive step. Hopefully, with the Comerica news, Detroit can build on this for the future.

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I wish Detroit can get more casinos and we'll become the Vegas of the midwest. That would be our new economy and we wouldn't be hit hard when some company decides to leave our city for Dallas. Just ignore me if you want, I'm totally for casinos. I don't understand why so many people and government officials would not be.

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I wish Detroit can get more casinos and we'll become the Vegas of the midwest. That would be our new economy and we wouldn't be hit hard when some company decides to leave our city for Dallas. Just ignore me if you want, I'm totally for casinos. I don't understand why so many people and government officials would not be.

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I totally agree with you. With companies leaving the area left and right, and with Detroit's automotive industry in the trash, Detroit (and its surrounding area) needs some type of new revenue and incentive for tourist. More casinos could do the trick. If Los Vegas can bring tourist just for gaming, spurring economic growth and developement, I see no reason why Detroit can't.

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The reason Las Vegas has flourished is the weather. Detroit's casinos could never compete with Las Vegas. They're better suited to compete against other Midwestern casinos.

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Detroit doesn't need any more casinos, and I'm all for casino gaming. We need to get out of this ideology of searching for the next silver bullet. That's what got the state into trouble in the first place. Three casinos is more than enough.

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I do agree that working to make Detroit one of the top adult entertainment destinations is a good thing though. But the jobs that would create only go so far. I guess Detroit is ranked pretty high because there are three Casinos, three ballparks, a bunch of night clubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels downtown almost all within walking distance of each other. We are definitely in the top 10, no question about it.

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More casinos wouldn't hurt though, infact they will help by bringing tons of more money to the city and especially, "tourists". That's the key, tourism is what casinos bring, and if Detroit gets more of them, these tourists will come. Detroit will never become Chicago

"just like that", so lets quit dreaming about it. If we have a chance at becoming Vegas though, I'll take it. It's better than what we have now. Also, many other developments will follow casinos, so it won't just be a gambling mecca.

I understand your view LMich, but it would be an oppurtunity of a lifetime if America had a second Las Vegas here in Detroit. I predict that half of the tens of millions that visit Vegas annually would come to Detroit. If the current casinos are doing great and are bringing people, more casinos will do better and bring more people. Eventually our city will handle what any other vibrant city has to offer to their visitors, and then maybe, just maybe, WE will be the empire of the midwest.

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Half of what Vegas brings in?! Anyway, you're grossly oversimplifying things, and/or being completely unrealistic. Atlantic City, which has an even greater population circle to pull from, doesn't even bring in half of what Vegas does. I think you need to study up on this, instead of just assuming that "if you build it, they will come." That's so obviously not the case, hate to tell you.

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No I was laughing at Detroit could be half of Vegas. You made complete sense LMich.

But I should say that the rankings I heard of Detroit being one of the nation's top entertainment destinations is significant. The city and state needs to do whatever is necessary to bring in more money and jobs, no matter how big or small, skilled or unskilled. The casinos have been great. God knows how much worse the city budget would be without them. I'm sure Detroit has room for more, although this would likely occur over time, just like the construction of a new Red Wings stadium. I'd also like to see something like Columbus has with downtown theaters, clubs, and bars located within one large building that also contains office and residential. Detroit has proved itself to have succesful nightlife. One thing that Detroit has, that other cities lack is the ability to have one concentrated area for entertainment. If tbe city can capitalize on this, it could very well bring more business and jobs to the CBD.

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I think that casino gaming makes a great component of an entertainment district (i.e. the CBD), but this idea that Detroit needs to become the next tacky Vegas Midwest not only doesn't seem like the direction the city needs to go, but it's completely unrealistic. And, if there was really another need for another casino downtown, you'd have seen private investor or more Native American tribes busting down the city's door to fill a gap. The truth is, at least at the moment, the casino market is thoroughly saturated between the four casinos in the area within a few miles of each other. Perhaps the expansion of all four will show a need for more. We just don't know yet. I just don't think Detroit needs to put on blinders and try to emulate another entertainment district. Detroit is an established, historic city that could never become (nor should it try or hope to be) a Las Vegas, in the same way that Las Vegas could never emulate Detroit.

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So it's a fact that casinos bring in money to the city. Because at a council session, Councilwoman Watson criticized gambling and said that they are the only ones that benefit. The city doesn't benefit, and neither do the residents, she said.

Well, I might agree about the residents, the majority do not win enough to make profit, but that's their problem. But the city doesn't make money out of them? and the schools??? Does this woman think before she talks. She is unbelievable. I'm just worried that if she runs for mayor, she WILL win. She is very conservative and may easily beat Kilpatrick, right?

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Though, she may be wrong, I don't think you understand her reasoning. I can't find any stats, but I've heard some argue (unless I'm also misunderstranding the points of people like Watson) that most casino gamers are Detroiter's, if this is true this means that little outside money is coming in, meaning that it's really just recirculating money within the city, meaning the benefits are slim for the city definitely not outweighing the benefits. Casinos only really fulfill their potential if they have a significant amounts of money coming in from outside of the municipality. But, the only way this argument can be made is if one can be sure that most casino patrons are city residents. I'd be interested to see the states.

I happen to disagree with her. Even if they are underperforming (i.e. not pulling in enough outside patrons), they still produce needed money for the city if even not living up to their potential.

And, JoAnn Watson very conservative? In what ways? I don't know her personal beliefs, but she is routinely what I'd call one of the most socialist members of the council. She's one of the most anti-business, anti-outside investment people in the city.

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The thing with big companies based in other places, is that after paying all of the bills, all of the profits go to whatever distant land the HQ is at. So while a lot of money is going to the city for taxes, and to the residents as jobs, a lot of money is completely leaving the local economy. There is some spin off business which might bring money from outside the region, but I don't think it's enough to offset the $ losses. But in other ways the city gains from it (from people having positive experiences downtown, or knowing Detroit has major casinos, or whatever), and I see the city as a whole paying for those other benefits. I don't really know enough about it all to know if those benefits are worth it or not.

But look at google earth or something of downtown, and think about where all of the theaters, retail, and hotels used to be. Really, the north end of downtown was mostly those things. And even with the losses, it's still on the strong side of things.

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