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Dayton Racino Scheduled to Open This Fall
DAYTON -- We are just a couple months away from the opening of the Dayton racino. Doug Patton is one of more than 3,000 people who have applied to work at the new $250 million Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway so far.
"I'm here interviewing for a job," said Patton.
In all, the racino will bring 500 on site jobs, but that's just a start.
"We are hiring security officers, facility technicians, finance candidates, a wide variety of individuals, food and beverage personnel," said vice president and general manager of Hollywood Gaming and Dayton Raceway Gary DeWitt. "We believe we're going to have about a one-to-one impact on the number of jobs we have in the local economy. So we're talking about 1,000 indirect and direct positions."
No one is more excited about the racino than nearby businesses.
"The area needs something. It's kind of dead around here," said owner of Needmore Drive-Thru Marian Devanney. "Best thing that's happened in this area for us, we need more. Whatever can come here I'm sure it will be good. I look forward to going over there and trying a few slots myself."
The 150,000 square-foot racing and gaming building is nearing completion as it sets to open early fall.
"Looking at our timeline we are probably 75-80% there," said DeWitt. "There's a little bit of work left to do on the outside. We are working on the actual site, getting the parking lots ready, the roadways coming in and out. On the inside we need to do carpentry, painting, dry-walling and a lot of electrical work."
There's still a little bit left for construction workers, but that doesn't stop Patton.
"They offered me a job and he said you're going to start training in August," Patton said.
He is one of 60 people who have already been hired.
The racing season starts October 3 and will go through December 27.
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