PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - Mohegan Sun says they are less than two months away from announcing a host agreement with the Town of Palmer.
Tuesday night Mohegan held a career and vendor fair at Palmer High School. People arrived at the school around 6:00 p.m., and Mohegan Sun Connecticut employees talked about their experiences working at a casino
Dozens of Palmer residents, and some people from nearby Connecticut towns, came to learn about 3,000 permanent job opportunities that the casino developer is expected to bring.
"I would love to get a job here actually. I think it would be a great economic benefit to the community, and I would love to work here," said Jennifer Backofen of Ashford, CT.
Mohegan is expected to bring 1,200 construction jobs and 2,500 to 3,000 permanent jobs. Those jobs are not just game table operations, and food and beverage service, but also marketing, public relations, and legal departments.
According to Pete Schultz, the Community Liaison of Mohegan Sun, "It's marketing. It's legal. It's finance. There's a very large IT component for most casinos, so there are what we call back to the house jobs that you would find in any company."
Mohegan was also hoping to attract potential vendors at Tuesday night's event.
"We have a policy of buying local," said Schultz. "Back at Mohegan Sun we generate over $500 million in purchases and a lot of that is local vendors, so our project will have a significant regional impact."
Schultz told 22News leading up to the announcement of a host agreement, they plan on hosting more community events.