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Monday, October 7, 2013, 6:00 am

Impact Sonoma 2013: Questions for Lori Nelson, Station Casinos

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    Impact Sonoma Conference 2013Lori Nelson is vice president of corporate communications for Station Casinos, the operator of the nearly completed, $820 million Graton Resort & Casino, scheduled to open in northwest Rohnert Park on Nov. 5.

    Q: Approximately when will the casino complete its hiring process?

    Lori Nelson

    Lori Nelson

    A: We have been busy since April working on the recruitment and hiring for the 2,000 team members who will be needed throughout the property. As we are less than a month out from opening our doors to the public we have now shifted gears to training the workforce to prepare for their specific job functions as well as an emphasis on training in guest service standards. There are typically additional openings beyond when the doors will open to the community, so our HR department and free dealer school program will always be on the lookout for good talent to help make Graton Resort & Casino the premiere entertainment destination.

    Q: What sort of overall economic impact do think the casino will have in the long run on Rohnert Park, Sonoma County and the greater North Bay?

    Graton Restort and Casino towerA: We are extremely pleased that Graton Resort & Casino will have long-term economic benefits for the city of Rohnert Park, Sonoma County and beyond. Taking a step back, the benefits of the casino project have already been realized when we hired more than 700 local construction workers back in June 2012 to help us construct the facility; we’ve created 2,000 new jobs in the local market and have put an emphasis on finding local partners to provide us with our goods and services.

    In fact, more than 1,500 area California businesses are currently working with Graton Resort & Casino. We’ve also put an emphasis on local sourcing of our food. Can’t get much fresher than the produce and seafood coming out of this area.

    Graton Resort & Casino also will contribute millions of dollars to the city of Rohnert Park and Sonoma County through a long-term compact with the State of California.

    Q: Does Station Casinos still intend on building a hotel as part of the project?

    A: The Graton Rancheria Tribe, the owners of Graton Resort & Casino, have discussed an expansion that would include a hotel component. At this time, there has not been a timeline set for this aspect. Station Casinos, as the developer and management partner to the Tribe, would undertake the design and development of that aspect when it’s the appropriate time.

    Q: How will the casino impact overall tourism in Sonoma County?

    A: We are very excited that Graton Resort & Casino has already been well received by the tourism community. There are so many wonderful attractions in Sonoma County for locals and tourists alike to enjoy and we believe Graton Resort & Casino will only enhance the offerings and give people one more reason to check out the area. The quality of the venue combined with the award-winning chefs, diverse dining line up, concert venue and full array of gaming will give tourists another reason to enjoy the surrounding area. 

    Editor’s note: Comments left on this story do not go to Lori Nelson or Stations Casinos. Questions for them must be directly sent to them.

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    1. October 7, 2013, 11:25 pm

      by S.Stokes

      Is there going to be a buffet at the Graton Casino?

    2. October 21, 2013, 10:53 pm

      by Livio Simonetti

      I applied 3 times and I still haven’t seeing my card

    3. October 21, 2013, 11:11 pm

      by Barbara Rosa

      Are you going to have bus to your casino and do you need cordinators from different cities? also do you plan on having bingo?

    4. October 21, 2013, 11:25 pm

      by Paula Fromer

      I heard there would be NO BUFFET !!!

    5. October 22, 2013, 7:09 am

      by Sonia G. Waltenspiel

      I remember when for years going to River Rock seen the ups and downs .When just opened the pays were great, after the years started going down hill.. Yes I won lots of times, however the loosing is for sure the most…

      Have in mind that your visitors need a rather a good welcome, good consintent , menu and even if you give some food comps that is enough rather that goofy toys such us a can opener…lol

      Good luck and I shal visit, I have been looking forward I have not gone gaming for 18 months it was not worth my drive..

    6. October 22, 2013, 8:21 am

      by Bob F

      Since this is a Station Casino’s brand, will the stations rewards card I received in Las Vegas area casino’s work here in Rohnert Park?

    7. October 22, 2013, 8:54 am

      by norma

      What are the wages range as a cage cashiier?

    8. October 22, 2013, 11:38 am

      by lori

      Will you have a Bus coming to Lake County, Ca ?

    9. October 22, 2013, 5:31 pm

      by Paul McGinnis

      i spoke with several trades persons who built the Casino. They were having their Vehicles broken into and your comment was that they would need a Court Order to be helped. Then we found out that several locations in your Parking Lots were not visible on your Cameras?

      Why didn’t reimburse the workers who built your Casino and why was your security so hard on hard working Trades Persons?

    10. October 22, 2013, 9:31 pm

      by Diadema g. Prine

      Will you have a Bonus Play for each month & Double Bonus on weekdays just like Cache Creek?

    11. October 22, 2013, 10:00 pm

      by Raelynn Vares-Zakerski

      Ive signed up for my players card months ago and have not received them for me and my husband. The grand opening is in 2 weeks and would like to get them before going to the casino so I don’t have to stand in line and wait to get a card.

    12. October 24, 2013, 8:18 pm

      by Lydia Cass

      My understanding is from what I have heard, money will added to the players cards that are in the process of being mailed out. Can u confirm that?

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