Horseshoe casino

Bulldozers clear debris from the lot on Russell and Bayard Sts. which will be the location of the new Horseshoe casino. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / April 1, 2013)

Baltimore will hire a recruitment coordinator to look for city residents who can help fill the 1,700 jobs expected to be created by the construction and operation of the new casino.

The city's Board of Estimates authorized the temporary position Wednesday. It will pay up to $60,000, plus benefits, for 12 months of work. The position is being funded by the casino operators, a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the agreement with the casino, expected to open next year along Russell Street near the stadiums, represents a "commitment to make local residents aware of and give them access to the casino's jobs."

The recruiter will work under the Mayor's Office of Employment Development and focus on identifying qualified workers the casino can hire, Rawlings-Blake said.

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