New casino brings jobs, community partnerships to Cape Girardeau
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.— One local community is taking a gamble. They're betting on a brand new business to bring opportunity and help battle unemployment.
the isle Casino Cape Girardeau isn't ready just yet, but this coming Monday they're scheduled to be open for business. It's something the community has been waiting on for the past three years, and they say they're hoping the gamble will pay off.
Training is underway for these new staff members, many of whom are brand new to the casino business. "Most have them have never been in a casino period. They're local people," said Game Supervisor Ashley Hamby.
Hamby is also a local hire from Paducah, Kentucky. She said she's proud to work for a company that's giving back to the community. "We're doing everything we can to partner with then local community and give back to the local businesses who have worked hard to bring this casino to Cape," said General Manager Chet Koch.
All of the restaurants will feature fresh vegetables and meat from local farmers, and they're even looking for some local talent to play on their stages. Hamby said it's part of the reason people in Cape Girardeau are ready to roll the dice. "The excitement level is great. The whole town is a buzz," she said.
The casino is set to open its doors on October 30th at 10:30 in the morning.