Job Fair Ends Early Due to Large Crowd

Quincy, FL -- November 13, 2011

The follow is a response from the United Florida Horsemen on the Gretna Casino Job Fair that took place this weekend:

"Members of the Florida horse racing Industry were chagrined to see angry job seekers being turned away yesterday from what was the reality of just a relatively few low-paying jobs at the Gretna Casino. What these unfortunate unemployed people don’t realize is that Gretna is purposely holding barrel racing instead of legitimate horse racing in order to avoid hiring for thousands more jobs that real horse racing would bring.

Because barrel racing uses fewer horses than legitimate horse racing, by holding barrel racing, Gretna is purposely cutting costs to avoid the expense of creating the jobs they could otherwise have available if real horse racing was being held there. It should speak volumes to job seekers that Gretna Casino officials couldn’t even be on hand to greet applicants at their own job fair. Meanwhile, because of Gretna’s capricious actions, 51,700 people employed by legitimate Florida horse racing stand to lose their jobs if “pari-mutuel barrel racing,” (on which legal action is pending) is allowed to irresponsibly expand gambling in Florida.

What’s worse, it could negatively impact the Seminole Gaming Compact that provides needed funds to Florida schools.”

Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association:
Kent Stirling, Executive Director **
Quincy, FL

Hundreds more than expected turned out at Workforce Plus in Quincy today for the Gretna Casinos job fair, causing it to end early.

Organizers say they expected about 250 applicants to show up for the fair that was looking to fill over 150 positions at the casino. But organizers estimate closer to 500 people actually showed up.

"The company is here for the long haul. We will be accepting applicants on behalf of P-C-I Gaming so all is not lost. The attempt is to make sure all individuals get an opportunity to be interviewed," says Kimberly Moore of Workforce Plus.

Some applicants say they were frustrated by having to wait several hours before getting in. At one point, frustrations boiled over and police were brought in for crowd control. Applicants who missed today's job fair can still apply.
The following joint statement was released by Gretna Racing, LLC, (Gretna Racing):

“It is unfortunate that today’s Creek Entertainment Gretna job fair ended prematurely. It is clear this community is anxious for the employment opportunities created by the project and we look forward to providing them.

“We sincerely appreciate the support of the community leaders and Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson and Governor Rick Scott and his team for helping us make these jobs a reality for Gadsden County.

“It’s unfortunate that in this economy, the demand for jobs can cause emotions to run high and some individuals to resort to extreme measures to secure employment. We thank all of the individuals who turned out today. Ideally, we would be able to provide jobs for all of the individuals. It is our hope that as the project moves forward we will continue to increase the employment opportunities and provide Gadsden County residents with much needed jobs.”

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  • by NEED A JOB Location: Quincy on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    I am happy Creek Entertainment is coming to our area. I think they should hold their own hiring events. If you have another one, try holding it at the casino or another location in Gadsden county that has adequate parking and crowd control. WORKFORCE made sure they came out of their office 5 or 6 times with forms to make sure everyone was registered, Do they get grant $'s for every person in line? doesn't matter to them if the people get a job or not. Gadsden county residents desire better service...does anyone agree? Does anyone know of someone who got a job at any of WORKFORCE PLUS JOB FAIRS? Good luck to everyone...I hope Creek Entertainment get some good employees. I am sad that people who waited for hours in line were turned away because WORKFORCE could not handle and were not properly staffed for the event. Don't have any more events at a location that cannot handle or plan properly for people they referred to the event. Sorry to write so felt good to get it out.
  • by Workforce "JOKE" Location: Gadsden on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Maybe less commercials should be made and more training in "organization". This is a HUGE embarrasment to Workforce plus and it's CEO! Im sure they recieve a lot of funds, and here is the end product. The people NEED JOBS NOW! We don't need to wait in line. The Only way to fix this mess is to redo the Job Fair, and get it Right this time.
  • by LegalWatcher Location: TLH on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Seems counterintuitive to end a job fair early b/c you had such a big turnout. Why not let it go late?
  • by HAT Location: Quincy on Nov 14, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    Organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, organization, planning, LEARN THOSE WORDS!!!! Like I said in a reply to someones comment, there should be a ticket number system in place for times like these...... Another thing would have been to have the requirement of filling out all the paperwork (the WorkForce enrollment form and the job application) before hand (use those advertising dollars to the maximum benefit!) and have two tickets going, one for the ones that were ready and waiting (have them bring a confirmation number) and one for the ones that needed to still fill out the forms. It seemed very unfair that we had all been standing in line for quite some time when people would walk up and go right inside because someone inside yelled out the door for them or called them on their cell phone telling them to come on in, happened more than four times and all but one of the times it was couples (male and female).
  • by Yankee on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Until the corrupt government is removed from Tallahassee and Leon county there will not be any significant jobs going there. Get used to it.
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      by PrezNixon on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:03 AM in reply to Yankee
      Finally, a sane person!
  • by bambam Location: tallahassee on Nov 13, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    This was a joke I stood in line to find out there are no benefits. The Casino websites states they offer excellant benefits but guess they don't have to offer benefits in Quincy it just to easy to take advantage of people who have nothing. Quincy Commisioners should require that the Businesses who want to begin in Gadsden County have a plan to offer benefits especially when they have to potential to make millions. Take care of your community or we will not show up and give you our money. Workforce plus should have expected this crowd with the amount of publicity the Casino has been getting; it was poorly planned no doubt.
  • by FloridaHorsemen on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    If Gretna Casino were hosting legitimate horse racing, not barrel racing, Gadsden County could create thousands more than just the few jobs it's offering in a faceless I-10 poker room and casino. Since barrel races require fewer horses, holding barrel racing as a minimum way to meet the State’s live racing requirement purposely curtails the need for additional horses and their respective entourages (and thus, jobs) that legitimate horse racing brings. By preventing this shortcut to Florida’s live horse racing requirement, Gadsden County and the City of Gretna can be part of a winning equation that will grow the horse industry by creating thousands more jobs than what are being presented here. And, not only at the Gretna facility, but throughout the County by fostering the breeding, training and racing of legitimate racehorses.
  • by whatup Location: Tallahassee on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    MaryE Do us all a favor and go back to school. Second, what does it matter what COUNTY he is from? That county is in Florida. Maybe you should just keep your two cents to your self.
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      by MaryE on Nov 13, 2011 at 02:48 PM in reply to whatup
      so sad don't like my 2 cents booo hoooobooo hooooo MR MARKS
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        by Jim J on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to MaryE
        I do not see your point Mary. Like the other person said what does it matter where Rick Scott is from. All that matters is your not a solution to the problem you just bash others. Maybe you should run for Governor of Florida ?
  • by MaryE Location: Tallahassee on Nov 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    HEY GOV BALD BULLY rigth in your own,oops not your backyard,since you BOUGHT GOVship and really LIVE IN COLLIER most expensince county in FLA where are the jobs? that right you is out of country take MAYOR Marks with you since he as already been to CHINA on my dime I forgot I state employee I DON"T HAVE TWO CENTS to rub together and WORK FORCE PLUS is a JOKE
    • reply
      by me on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to MaryE
      I'll take your job if you don't want it.
  • by Frustrated Location: Tallahassee on Nov 13, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    Work Force Plus is a joke.
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