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160,000 applications later, CityCenter makes job offers

21 September 2009

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- CityCenter began making employment offers to hundreds of workers today in preparation for the project's opening later this year.

The $8.5 billion complex on the Las Vegas Strip was extending offers to between 500 and 700 people today. Most employees filling the remainder of the 12,000 jobs will receive offers of employment by the end of the month.

CityCenter officials originally expected to receive 100,000 applications for the positions, but Michael Peltyn, vice president of human resources for CityCenter, said the number was closer to 160,000. Of those who applied, 50,000 were interviewed for the 12,000 openings.

"We called people on the phone to schedule their offer appointments and there were a lot of emotional people, but in a good way," Peltyn said. "They come in and they're ecstatic, as you can imagine."

He said most of the employees will begin work in November ahead of CityCenter's opening in December.

"We're positive that we are impacting lives," Peltyn said. "There may be people getting jobs today who as a result can pay their mortgage and avoid foreclosure on their homes."

Today marked the first time offers have been made to non-MGM Mirage employees in the CityCenter hiring process. Most internal MGM Mirage job offers already have been discussed with current employees, a CityCenter spokesperson said Friday.

Positions are still being filled at Mandarin Oriental. The non-gaming hotel held two job fairs last week along with another on Saturday to fill more than 500 positions.

Vdara Hotel will kick off CityCenter's opening on Dec. 1, with the Crystals retail and entertainment district on Dec. 3, Mandarin Oriental on Dec. 4 and Aria Dec. 16. The Harmon will open in late 2010.

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