Groundbreaking ceremony for Potawatomi Hotel
Officials will soon start building a hotel at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - The $150-million hotel will not only boost the local economy by bringing more tourism to Southeast Wisconsin - but also by bringing jobs. Something city leaders have been waiting for.
It’s a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new hotel, just out front of Potawatomi Casino.
“Potawatomi Bingo Casino begins reaching new heights,” Casino General Manager Michael Goodrich says.
The new Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel will be 20 stories high and have 381 rooms. It would bring more jobs at time when many Wisconsites are looking for work. "Permanently it will add 230 jobs and currently we have 2,600 jobs," Goodrich says.
Once finished, the three and a half star hotel will need people for housekeeping, management, security and valet. Construction starts Friday.
"We've got approximately a thousand construction jobs that are going to happen here over the next two years,” Goodrich says excitedly.
Of that thousand, 25-percent of the workforce is from Wisconsin. The casino is hiring minority companies for this project. County Executive Chris Abele says this is all a big boost to the county's future.
"I don't think this is in anyway, detract from other hotels I think it's just going to add to a broader pool,” Abele says.
Potawatomi doesn't know yet on when they'll start hiring. The hotel is expected to be completed by summer 2014.