LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts has once again been named a top company for its diversity best practices by DiversityInc, one of the nation’s leading sources on workplace diversity management.
DiversityInc ranks companies based on results of an annual survey and 2016 marks the 11th consecutive year the Company has been recognized for its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. MGM Resorts ranked fifth on this year’s Top 10 Regional Companies list.
DiversityInc’s annual survey – tracking the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans – is one of the most rigorous, data-driven surveys of its kind, gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers. READ MORE
LAS VEGAS – Whether you’re a pro or a putting newbie, Topgolf offers something for everyone.
The family-friendly locale brings a new interactive social scene to Las Vegas that will be a draw to both visitors and locals alike. The sports entertainment complex will feature four levels of entertainment with interactive golf games for players at all levels, climate-controlled hitting bays, live music stages and plenty of room to cool down by the pool or lounge in a rooftop cabana.
Almost twice the size as other Topgolf locations at 105,000 square feet, the venue boasts a chef-driven kitchen that will deliver familiar favorites, local specialties and brews, plus unexpected new creations. The spot also has five bars where guests can take in beautiful views of the Las Vegas skyline, socialize with friends or take in one of the many live musical or comedy acts scheduled to perform. For those looking to mix a little business with pleasure, Topgolf also provides meeting and event space that can host up to 3,000 people. READ MORE
THE MIRAGE – On a sunny, chilly winter morning, Dr. Andreas Fahlman stands by a large pool in which several bottlenose dolphins are swimming. One dolphin rests in the water just a few feet away, its head on the pool’s edge.
“This is amazing,” says Dr. Fahlman, peering at a laptop recording data from a cone-shaped flow-meter placed over the nearby dolphin’s blowhole.
Dr. Fahlman, a scientist and university professor, has come to The Mirage Dolphin Habitat to collect baseline statistics on the speed and force of respiration in healthy dolphins at rest. His amazement stems from the relative rarity of success: The dolphin, which has learned to stay still, could swim away at any moment, but doesn’t for the full 10 minutes of the test.
Attempts to collect similar data in the wild are often unsuccessful, in part due to the stress placed on animals unaccustomed to human interaction. In contrast, animals in the Habitat remain relaxed during Dr. Fahlman’s research trials. In the months leading up to his visit, the animal-care staff conducted training sessions with the dolphins to reinforce calm, still behavior. READ MORE
MGM SPRINGFIELD – How do you move a 129-year-old historical structure the length of two football fields?
Construction crews on the MGM Springfield project would answer: very carefully.
Crews relocated the historic First Spiritualist Church from its Bliss Street location to a nearby Union Street site, to clear the land for the resort’s construction site. The property, built in 1887 and known previously as the French Spiritualist Church, was moved to make way for the $950 million casino project, but will be kept within the three-block area for some future casino development use.
“Relocating this historic church, which now sits on what will become the casino gaming floor, is a major milestone for MGM Springfield,” MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said. “This entire project is transforming the landscape of downtown Springfield. We are proud to be able both to preserve iconic structures and build a world-class, new facility for the community to enjoy.”
Moving the church, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, was a delicate process. Construction crews lifted the building with a specialized Unified Hydraulic Jacking system, allowing the structure to be raised without disruption to the drywall. Once the structure was lifted, it was rotated to face Union Street behind the old state Armory.
MGM Springfield anticipates opening the casino in September of 2018 on a 14.5 acre, three-block area between Union and State Streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street.