By The Advocate
City and casino officials celebrated the opening of a new career office for Encore Boston Harbor at City Hall on Monday evening.
The office, which is staffed by resort personnel (including Everett resident Rita Eliseo) during regular City Hall hours, will provide resources for residents looking to learn more about working at the resort. Visitors to the office will be able to identify and apply for current openings and have a preview of positions that will open in the months ahead, as well as being able to match their skills and experience to jobs and compare benefits.
The office is located on the third floor of City Hall, directly in front of the elevator.
“We’re very proud tonight to be able to open this first employment center for Encore Boston Harbor,” said Encore Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio. “I think when the legislature [legalized gaming in the state], this is what they envisioned – jobs that will come to the local community – and that’s what this was all about. We’re very happy to be able to fulfill that part of the pledge.”
Mayor Carlo DeMaria as on hand for the ribbon-cutting, and he applauded the developer for upholding their promise to bring jobs to the city.
“From day one, they said that they were going to give preference to Everett residents in hiring, and by having an office right here in City Hall, it makes it very easy for our residents,” said DeMaria. “I think at one time, everyone has been asked the question – when are they hiring, who are they hiring, what kind of jobs? That information will all be right here.”
State Senator Sal DiDomenico called Encore’s commitment to the city “special.”
“When you look at companies and you look at people who make promises to communities, you hear about promises made all the time. Promises fulfilled isn’t always happening,” said DiDomenico. “In this circumstance, they under-promised and over-delivered, and they have done so in a way that they have become a part of our community.”
State Representative Joseph McGonagle also praised the developer, saying, “Everything that Encore has told us that they’re going to do, they’re doing. And this is just another small piece of it.”
Shortly after the opening ceremony, DeSalvio presented Mayor DeMaria with Encore’s final $12.5 million pre-opening check in the Council Chambers.