Countdown to Horseshoe's grand opening

The finishing touches are going up and the countdown is on.
 
Construction on the Horseshoe Casino is just weeks away from being completed. 
 
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had the honor of unveiling the new ceremonial 'Casino Way' street sign Tuesday morning. 
 
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While some in the area have expressed concern for traffic, noise and crime, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said she is focused on the growth the project has already brought and will continue to bring.
 
"The Horseshoe Casino will not only be an economic engine in terms of new jobs and tax revenue, it will be an engine that will fuel millions of dollars in new development throughout this area," she said. 
 
Noah Hirsch, vice president of marketing for Horseshoe Baltimore, added, "we're anxious to introduce you to this exceptional new facility where you'll be able to play the best games, dine in the best restaurants and enjoy first rate live entertainment 24 hours a day, seven days a week." 
 
With construction now in the home stretch, Hirsch said the focus over the next few weeks will be training for the 1,000 team members who started earlier in the week. 
 
There will be 1,700 team members when everything is up and running.
 
As for where those employees are coming from, Hirsch told ABC2, "We made a huge effort to have great outreach in the city itself. We stopped at all 14 council districts to make sure we really gave it as much access as possible."
 
Hirsch did not have an exact figure of how many accepted but says in the midst of the hiring process, 50 percent of their offers went out to Baltimore city residents .
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