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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Developers for the new Austintown racino say the gaming project will create thousands of jobs, many directly tied to the racino, but other spin off opportunities are also expected.

Marino's Italian Cafe is located less than two miles from Austintown's new racino, and while the track is still more than a year from opening day, the Marino Family is betting their odds on more business and already hiring additional staff.

"People are going to go there and gamble and then just drive by and see what we have in this town," says owner Daniel Marino. "For a lot of people who have never come out to eat in the Austintown community they're going to try some of these places and hopefully we're one of them."

If all goes well for the Marino family, they may see the influx of business well before opening day.

The racino is expected to create about 1,000 construction jobs, some of which are already in progress.

The Western Reserve Building Trades Council represents about 6,000 construction workers in the Mahoning Valley. The council is partnering with the racino's developer, Penn National Gaming, to assure local construction workers have the skills needed to complete the multi-million dollar project.

"What we do is work with the contractors or developers to see what their special needs are," says Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Building Trades Council. "If there is something here that they need that maybe they don't see somewhere else we'll put our members through specialized training so they are ready for a project of this size."

Crane says construction aspects, like the track and gaming systems, are details many local construction workers have never experienced. Training for those projects could take anywhere from a couple weeks to several months.

Penn National Gaming also predicts about 1,000 direct and indirect jobs once the facility opens.

The company anticipates needing between 500 to 600 new employees to fill a multitude of positions. Those jobs include everything from marketing and administrative work to food and drink service.

According to Eric Schippers, the senior vice president of public affairs for Penn National Gaming, the average pay of those jobs is between $35,000 to $40,000 per year, plus benefits.

"The same package that our chairman has for healthcare benefits our employees at the lowest levels have," says Schippers. "So it's really something we take a lot of energy and a lot of pride in."

The company says they plan to hire locally. The bulk of hiring is expected to begin about a month before opening day, which developers expect to be the third quarter of 2014.

Those interested can expect a web site where they can fill out applications. Several job fairs are also in the works.

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