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9/14/2014 4:45 AM
By Associated Press

Casino not a done deal but jobseekers still sought

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't decided whether to approve a proposed off-reservation casino in Kenosha, but that hasn't stopped the team leading the project from launching a website for prospective job seekers.

The Menominee Nation and Hard Rock said Friday that they created the website to prepare for the "likelihood of approval."

"While negotiations continue on the proposed project, the Menominee and Hard Rock project team believe it is necessary to begin preparations for a gubernatorial approval," the tribe and Hard Rock said in a statement. "Eventually, up to 3,000 new associates could be employed at the Kenosha facility; therefore, business steps are being taken to prepare for the facility opening."

Visitors to the website can register and learn about opportunities in areas such as hotel and casino management, food service and security.

Walker has until Feb. 19 to make a decision on the casino. The Forest County Potawatomi are pushing him to quash it because they fear it would cut into their Milwaukee profits.

The $800 million casino and hotel complex would be built at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. The casino team says the project would create 10,000 new jobs and involve $1.6 billion in construction investment.

The governor has said his team is working to make sure a Kenosha casino wouldn't violate compacts with other states.

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