WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Currently working part-time, a casino in West Springfield means that Lori Paterwic would have a shot at a full-time job. “The job market being so poor in this area. I went to some informational to learn the impact. This is a big change for this sleepy little town, but I think it’s all good stuff. I really do,”
All dressed up on Saturday morning, folks headed to West Springfield Middle School browsing the jobs the hard rock will offer if a casino comes to the city.
The fair hopes to further entice folks by offering priority hiring to those who are from the city, then Hampden County.
Even though the city hasn’t even voted on the matter yet, Tim Maland, President of Hard Rock New England, doesn’t think the job fair is premature. “We believe this is a good way for people in West Springfield to understand the variety of jobs we’re going to be offering. A lot of people think it’s all low-end jobs, and really there are a lot of technical positions that are required,” he said.
Booklets at each of the job stations outline jobs in areas from finance to security. Some of which offer more than $100,000 per year. Some locals say this will provide an opportunity they’ve been waiting for. “It’s very enthusiastic. It’s a nice feeling to be wanted,” smiled Irvina Scott.
“It doesn’t matter where it comes, as long as it gets here and offers jobs,” Shirley Mullen stated.
However, protesters just outside the job fair disagree. “We’re going to need more police; we’re going to need more fire. We’re going to have a lot of problems and a lot of issues that a casino is going to bring into West Springfield and that we need to be aware of as voters,” Nathan Bech, President of No Casino West Springfield Inc. stated.
The city will have a chance to vote on whether or not they’d like a casino on September 10th.
Hard Rock will be throwing an ice cream social, where there will be a presentation.
It’ll be the community’s will have their last chance to ask questions before the vote on Sept. 10th.