Springfield, Mass Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with Western Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Collaborative to develop the region’s workforce.
In order to effectively respond to the casino industry’s workforce demand, the Western Mass Careers Training Collaborative was formed as a component of Training and Workforce Options, or “TWO,” the partnership between Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and Holyoke Community College (HCC). The TWO program serves as an information and training source to foster regional collaboration between Workforce Investment Boards/Regional Employment Boards (WIB/REB), state agencies, workforce system stakeholders (including but not limited to the one-stop career centers), community based organizations, organized labor, and other public and private educational entities.
"The Collaborative has been working with Eastern States Exposition for many years and is excited to now develop an ongoing relationship with Hard Rock to proactively prepare a casino workforce for the region," said STCC President, Ira Rubenzahl.
The casino legislation has made the issue of job creation one of its primary objectives, thereby realizing a significant net job gain for the Commonwealth. The legislation also calls for the development of a diverse workforce that provides employment opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, while establishing the necessary training and skills enhancement programs that will lead to quality jobs and career pathways.
"The economic impact of the casino industry in the region is going to be significant, both in terms of revenues for the state and the localities involved, but I think even more importantly in terms of jobs for the regions citizens," said HCC President, William Messner.
“Job creation is a critical component of our development vision at the Eastern States Exposition, with the addition of 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs and 1,000 construction jobs,” explained Jim Allen, Hard Rock International Chairman. “We have committed to a ‘Hampden County First’ hiring policy to insure new jobs go to workers in this region. Combined with local partnership efforts like this, we have the ability to train, educate and maximize the economic impact throughout Western Massachusetts.”
To prepare for the arrival of casinos in Massachusetts, the state’s community colleges and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have entered into an agreement to establish a partnership focused on the creation and implementation of a statewide workforce training program. And as a result, the group projects there will be between 2,500 to 4,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs created. The Western Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Collaborative previously entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with MGM Springfield, Penn Gaming and the Mohegan Sun.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England will be designed to create a destination resort casino property unique to the region with a focus on providing a world-class entertainment experience to its guests. The proposed project is planned to utilize a mix of non-gaming and gaming amenities, to include a first-class hotel of 400-500 rooms; an approximately 200,000-square foot state-of-the-art casino with 100-125 table games and 2,500-3,000 slot machines; and a world-famous Hard Rock Cafe, where its iconic memorabilia, food and live music would be a bedrock in Western Massachusetts, as it is in Cafes from London to Los Angeles and Buenos Aires to Barcelona. The resort also is anticipated to incorporate a live music venue, a permanent music memorabilia exhibition, a facility with meeting space and a destination retail/dining galleria of approximately 150,000 square feet.
For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hrhcnewengland.com.