December 11, 2008

350 New Full-, Part-Time Postions Opening Up at Indiana Live! Casino



(Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008) – On the heels of the nation’s official “R-word” status and nightly news reports about stock plummets, plant closings, layoffs and the state’s now record unemployment rate, there’s great news coming out of Shelby County.


More than 350 positions are opening up soon at the closest casino to Indianapolis.


Indiana Live Casino is gearing up for a series of job fairs in January and February to fill these positions as it prepares to open its massive, 233,000-square-foot permanent facility adjacent to Indiana Downs in early 2009.


“What we have to offer is really a large variety of opportunities for everyone from career professionals and skilled workers to high-energy general employment seekers,” said Indiana Live Casino general manager Mark Hemmerle. “With supervisory and line-level, high-paying positions becoming available as we transition from our temporary to permanent site, we’re looking for talented individuals to join our family and experience the introduction of the best entertainment destination to the central Indiana region.”


Since opening in its temporary 70,000-square-foot facility in June, Indiana Live Casino has employed more than 420 full- and part-time workers. Once the permanent facility opens, featuring even more casino floor space and dining and entertainment destinations including Maker’s Mark Steakhouse, NASCAR Sports Grille, Live Market and two bars, the $195 million casino will employ more than 750 people.


“When you look at the state of the national and local economy now and the forecast of what is to come, I think this opportunity is a significant one for anyone looking ahead with the desire to secure employment during these unstable times,” Hemmerle said. “We are excited to hire for these positions as we ramp up plans to open a new Indiana Live Casino and excited about our ability to contribute positively to the state’s overall economy.”


Altogether, the annual payroll at Indiana Live Casino, including salaries, wages and benefits, is estimated at more than $19 million a year once the permanent casino opens.


Positions that Indiana Live Casino will offer include ones in operations, marketing, food service, human resources, security, transportation, cashiers and engineering among many other fields. Job seekers must be age 21 or older to apply for employment at Indiana Live Casino. Indiana Live Casino is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Indiana Live Casino offers competitive wages; a comprehensive medical, vision and dental health benefits package; a 401k plan; and a dynamic work, fast-paced and customer-focused environment.


Those interested in pursuing employment at Indiana Live Casino should visit Indiana Live Casino online at frequently as the site is updated daily with new opportunities. Times, dates and locations of the planned job fairs in January and February will be announced once plans have been finalized.


Already, Indiana Live Casino is having an impact on the Indiana economy. Since opening in June, the casino has paid nearly $20.2 million in wagering taxes to the state of Indiana. The casino is projected to generate more than $74 million in taxes during its first year of operation on gaming revenues and purse contributions, excluding income and wage, sales, property and business taxes, of which nearly $45 million will go directly to the state’s Property Tax Reduction Trust Fund to benefit all Hoosier residents and an estimated $5 million will be administered to Shelby County cities and towns.


Just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Live Casino features more than 1,900 high-tech slot machines and electronic table games and an eatery catered by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. In early 2009, the casino’s permanent 233,000-square-foot facility will open adjacent to Indiana Downs and feature nationally renowned restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Indiana Live Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week year round. For more, visit


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Indiana Live Casino is owned by Indiana Downs LLC. The project is being developed and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based developer The Cordish Company. The Cordish Company’s Gaming Operations are headed by CEO and partner Dennis Gomes. For more, visit



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