Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, CA recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and had much to commemorate. Since opening on Nov. 5, 2013, the casino has welcomed over 50 million visitors and now stands as the second-largest corporate employer in Sonoma County, boasting a full-time staff of approximately 2,000 team members.
Chairman Greg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria expressed his gratitude to the dedicated team members, noting that 98% of the workforce returned after the pandemic. The casino also maintained salary and benefits for its employees during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing its commitment to taking care of its workers.
In addition to providing fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits, the resort offers various programs such as free legal assistance for U.S. citizenship, ESL classes, organic food in the team member dining room, leadership training, and fair wages. Graton Resort & Casino’s commitment to social justice aligns with the Tribe’s mission and has set an example for other businesses in hospitality and gaming.
Employee testimonies highlighted the positive working environment and opportunities for career growth at Graton, reflecting the supportive culture and the benefits offered by the casino. The casino also gives back to the community by contributing millions of dollars annually to various organizations and causes while offering volunteer opportunities for its team members.
Furthermore, Graton Resort & Casino is currently undergoing a $1 billion expansion, set to be completed in 2025. The expansion project includes additional slot machines, a new poker room, a hotel wing, a rooftop restaurant, a parking structure, and a 3,500-seat theater. This expansion is expected to create 2,000 temporary union construction jobs and generate 600 new permanent team-member roles at the casino. Overall, the anniversary celebration marked a significant milestone for Graton Resort & Casino, showcasing its remarkable growth and continued commitment to its employees, the community, and future development.