NEWBURGH - Hudson Valley Casino & Resort released its jobs and salary projections for their destination casino and resort project in the Town of Newburgh, estimating that a total of 2,858 full-time positions will be created once operational. The casino projects 47% of jobs created at the Newburgh site would be entry level and 53% would be semi-skilled to highly skilled positions. Once fully operational, Hudson Valley Casino & Resort expects to pay over $84,862,000 in annual wages to the region. Some of the jobs that would need to be filled include slot technicians, slot attendants, spa professionals, security personnel, food service workers, chefs, advertising staff, and floor staff, along with many, many others.
"Over 1,300 people will be trained directly by Hudson Valley Casino & Resort for entry level positions at our facility, providing the first opportunity for local residents to achieve long-term professional growth within our company," said Rita Cox, Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. "We expect to fill the overwhelming number of jobs offered here with the untapped local labor force in Newburgh, Middletown, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie, and we intend to provide them with long-term opportunities for growth and advancement at our casino and resort. These positions offer not just jobs, but career opportunities."
Entry-level positions have the lowest level of job skills requirements, so they have the highest potential to create opportunity for residents who may be unemployed or underemployed because of lack of skills or prior experience. These jobs will require 1 week of on-the-job training. Semi-skilled, non-gaming positions are an excellent opportunity to recruit graduating high school seniors who do not plan to attend college or those who must work to help pay for college expenses. The semi-skilled job classification provides a way to introduce those high school graduates to a worthwhile career path that can lead to higher-paying positions as experience is acquired. These jobs will require 2 weeks of on-the-job training. Semi-skilled, gaming positions present opportunities for residents who are unemployed or underemployed to advance into a gaming position and receive on-the-job training. Employees with basic math skills can be trained in a relatively short period to become productive in these positions. Employees in this classification must be 21 years old to obtain a gaming license. Highly-skilled, non-gaming positions require the hiring of experienced individuals in specialty areas like accounting, advertising, and security management to ensure successful operation of the property. In the highly skilled, non-gaming classification, this may be accomplished by hiring experienced workers who are either unemployed, underemployed or working in existing hotel and restaurant facilities. Highly-skilled, gaming positions include jobs like casino dealers and slot technicians, requiring years of experience, a college degree, or specialized training. The dealer and slot technician positions are an excellent opportunity to train local residents with an aptitude for technical work. Different casino jurisdictions have handled this type of training in different ways.
Hudson Valley Casino & Resort anticipates salary ranges of $30,000 - $70,000 annually for non-management positions and $70,000 - $180,000 annually for management positions.
An adequate labor pool exists in the Newburgh area to staff a casino with 2,858 positions. The unemployed and underemployed residents in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middleton area will be used as the primary source for recruiting workers. Additionally, the area is rich in colleges and universities with majors of study that would enable graduates to launch a career in the industry at an entry level, moving up to higher-level positions as experience is obtained. Another pool of potential workers is Orange County residents who currently commute outside of the county.
The Hudson Valley Casino & Resort anticipates announcing workforce development programs in the coming weeks.