Portsmouth’s new casino could bring thousands of jobs. Here’s how to learn about them

PORTSMOUTH — People can learn more about jobs available at Portsmouth’s upcoming Rivers Casino during a virtual job fair Tuesday and Wednesday. Backers say the project will create 1,400 construction jobs and 1,300 permanent ones.

The forum Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m. will cover what jobs are available, the casino industry’s hiring practices and services available to help attendees prepare to apply.

Organizations such as Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Tidewater Community College and Portsmouth Economic Development will also share information on their training and certification programs.

Rush Street Gaming is slated to operate the casino and said it plans to invest $300 million locally. The casino resort is expected to include a hotel, shops and restaurants. And the city says it will anchor a planned “entertainment district,” though what else that district will include isn’t clear.

In a news release, Rush Street said it will take a “Portsmouth first” approach to hiring and contracting with a “strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the project.” City Council members have asked the project’s backers numerous questions about ensuring Portsmouth residents are getting good paying jobs in building and operating the casino.Previous coverage: Portsmouth’s casino could be the first in Virginia to open, but the hotel will come later »

Rush Street plans to begin construction later this year and is awaiting a license from the Virginia Lottery Board. Construction is expected to last two years. Representatives of the company have said they want to be the first to open a casino in Virginia.

Anyone can attend the job fair, but people have to register ahead of time at RiversCasinoPortsmouth.com.

Josh Reyes, 757-247-4692, joreyes@dailypress.com