Traditions Boasts Job Creation Potential

Published 05/15 2014 04:48PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:12PM

Traditions at the Glen is touting its job creation potential as a major factor in why it should be chosen for the Southern Tier casino license.

The hotel, spa and golf resort in the Town of Union says adding a casino will create 1,000 new jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for the local economy.

New jobs range from hospitality workers in the hotel and restaurant to security to grounds and maintenance to a variety of professional positions.

Traditions brought out some local municipal leaders today, including Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie, to voice their support for the project.

Project Manager John Hussar says it's not only the quantity of the jobs that's impressive, but the quality as well.

"IT professionals that are going to have to keep our network going and the gaming floor running with security and surveillance. There's going to be the whole surveillance and monitoring team," explained Hussar. "There's going to be the people who are going to be dealers and those are usually career oriented, requires some education and some training to become a dealer. You just can't come on and shuffle a deck of cards. So, we're looking to develop high-paying, quality jobs for people who aren't just looking for a job but looking for a career as well."

Local business and economic development professionals are also promoting the potential benefits of the $150 million project.

Greater Binghamton Chamber President Lou Santoni says a casino at Traditions would finally give Broome County a bona fide tourist destination.

"Therefore it would help us in other aspects. For example, we could draw more convention groups. We could draw more tourists here. Because they would come for one thing, and then they would visit the rest of the community and explore all the other things we have to offer. So, I think that's a key component of this," said Santoni.

Next Tuesday, Traditions will hold a job fair open to the public to start collecting resumes and applications and to inform job-seekers of the types of positions available.

The fair runs from noon to 4 and again from 6 to 9 in the resort's ballroom.

There will also be representatives from local colleges to discuss what programs they offer for training in gaming and hospitality.

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