How MGM Built a Workforce for CasinoApril 3, 2018 |
by Katie Johnson
SPRINGFIELD — Long before MGM Resorts International got the green light to build a nearly $1 billion casino and hotel downtown, it analyzed the local labor market to figure out what it would take to fill 3,000 jobs in a state new to gambling.
The socioeconomic snapshot that emerged became a road map for creating a workforce from scratch.
Census data and labor reports revealed a higher-than-average number of single parents and former offenders. So MGM Springfield added federally funded day care to the resort and lobbied to loosen a state law that restricts casinos from hiring people with criminal records.