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Sky River Casino in Elk Grove prepares to hire ahead of opening

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Wilton Rancheria’s elected officials and tribal leaders officially open the Sky River Casino site in Elk Grove on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Sacramento Bee File

Hiring is underway for the Sky River Casino in Elk Grove as construction crews continue to work towards an opening date of November 2022.

More than two dozen jobs are listed among executive chefs and general managers of restaurants and the casino’s main kitchen; for shift managers, recruiters, event planners and leadership positions, according to the information on its website.

Wilton Rancheria and development partner, Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, plan to employ more than 1,500 workers once doors open on the $500 million casino resort just west of the freeway. 99, near Kammerer Road, in southeast Elk Grove.

Boyd Gaming is well underway with building the first phase of the casino – 100,000 square feet of gaming floor space; as well as restaurants, a pub and a market. About 1,700 workers work on the project.

March marked one year since the Wilton Rancheria and Boyd Tribe opened the 35-acre site with fanfare. Tribal leaders from Elk Grove and Wilton Rancheria at the time hailed the new casino as a regional destination and economic engine for the growing town; and a major step towards economic self-sufficiency for a tribe that has struggled for decades.

Wilton Rancheria executives said revenue will help improve housing, health care and educational opportunities; and pledged to invest $186 million in the City and County of Sacramento over the next 20 years to support public safety, education, roads and other services.

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An artist’s rendering showing the facade of the Sky River Casino, which will open next year in Elk Grove, has been posted to an image gallery. Wilton Rancheria Casino opened Tuesday at the former “Ghost Mall” site south of Sacramento. Sky River Casino

Darrell Smith covers the courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Marysville. Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville.