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Plenty of Atlantic City construction work

22 February 2008

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Jeffrey Barton moved to the Shore from Redondo Beach, Calif., a year ago to cash in on an unprecedented building boom here.

"...There are plans over the next four years for $20 billion worth of casino, hotel, restaurant and retail construction and renovation projects, many of which began in 2003. And in a slowing national economy, all that development is attracting construction workers from around the country.

"Since arriving from Southern California, Barton has had plenty to do.

"...Only Las Vegas, which currently has $35 billion worth of casino-related construction planned or under way, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, rivals what is happening at the Shore.

"Atlantic City's manic pace of development is to fortify itself against new slots competition from neighboring states.

"...The construction has another effect. Real estate experts estimate Atlantic City will bring in 25,000 to 30,000 new casino workers over the next seven years, who will need housing.

"...Although still more than a year away from breaking ground on the Pinnacle casino, its chief executive officer, Kim Townsend, already has made contact with the unions 'to make sure they understand the scope of the project,' she said. She estimated up to 2,000 workers will be needed for the Pinnacle project.

"...Union leaders have set up hotlines for Atlantic City nationally through a job-referral system. Local union halls in states post the jobs and what they pay..."

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