Hard Rock International is widely recognized as a global leader in hospitality and entertainment
With 263 venues, including owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes, spanning 76 countries – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most widely-recognized companies in the world. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock also owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,200 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe.
In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine’s Top Employer for Women and Land-Based Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located.
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The proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon is a $600 million entertainment destination that will bolster Kern County’s growing economy and provide numerous benefits to the region. The Hard Rock Tejon will increase tourism, create approximately 5,000 jobs, increase investment and purchasing in the local economy, provide resources and services for Tejon Indian Tribe members, build privately funded infrastructure improvements at no cost to taxpayers, and add new entertainment amenities.
The proposed project is located approximately 25 minutes south of Bakersfield and is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect construction and permanent jobs once completed.
The Governor has signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Tejon Indian Tribe and the concurrence, which puts the land into trust by the Federal government and allows gaming on tribal land. The Compact now moves to the California Legislature for ratification. Both Hard Rock International and the Tejon Tribe leadership are working diligently to start construction. While we do not have a definitive date, we are working steadfastly to get the project open. It will take a least 20 months from the groundbreaking to the grand opening. Please stay tuned for updates.
Hard Rock International will bring all of its excitement, entertainment, and expertise to the Tejon Tribe’s property. For more specific information on the Tejon Indian Tribe, please visit www.tejonindiantribe.com
HARD ROCK STRIKES A CHORD WITH THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS IN KERN COUNTY.
With an annual payroll of over $59 million, the employment opportunities are enormous. We project over 2,000 permanent and 1,000 construction jobs with an additional 2,000 indirect jobs being created due to the scale of the project. Hard Rock International is proud to have been named as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employer again in 2022 and is excited to start working with potential employees in Kern County. Now that the government level approvals are secured, we will be publicizing job fairs and posting employment opportunities.
At this time, we are accepting information from interested vendors for goods and services. Please visit the Vendor Information tab on the home page and fill out and submit the form. Employment information will be made available in the future.
Yes, numerous Non-Government Organizations support the project. They include the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Bakersfield Board of Realtors, Kern County Taxpayers Association, Kern Economic Development Corporation, Taft Chamber of Commerce, North of the River Chamber of Commerce, the Black Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We also welcome our neighbors the Tejon Ranch Company and supporters within the community of Mettler.
While qualified Tribal citizens will be given opportunities for employment, the number of potential jobs far exceeds the number of tribal members. We will be recruiting within Kern County and have agreed to hire up to 50% of our workforce from within Kern County. Naturally, we would like it to be 100% local.
There is nothing more important to us than the safety and security of our guests and our employees are guided by a company pledge to always put their safety first. Hard Rock is committed to the highest security standards in both the interior and exterior of the facility. In fact, we will be working with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department as we design and build a new joint sub-station that will be located adjacent to the resort to create a secure and safe environment for all who visit.
With the Governor signing a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Tejon Indian Tribe and the concurrence which puts the land into trust by the Federal government and allows gaming on tribal land, almost all government-level approvals are completed. The Compact now moves to the California Legislature for ratification. Both Hard Rock International and the Tejon Tribe leadership are working diligently to start construction. While we do not have a definitive date, rest assured we are working steadfastly to get the project open. It will take at least 20 months from the groundbreaking to the grand opening. Please stay tuned for updates.
The resort is expected to cost approximately $600 million. The Tejon Indian Tribe has partnered with a group led by Hard Rock International and the entire cost of the project will be financed by the Tejon Tribe and its partners. No taxpayer money will be used for the resort or any supporting infrastructure. In fact, the Tejon Indian Tribe and Kern County approved in 2019 a government-to-government agreement, wherein the Tribe will be paying its fair share of monies to the county for public safety and other services related to the project as well as to the State of California.
320 acres will be placed into trust by the United States government and held for the benefit of the Tejon Indian Tribe. The Tejon Indian Tribe does not currently have a reservation and this land will become the tribe’s homeland. The resort will be managed and operated by a group led by Hard Rock International; however, the resort, parking, and all related structures will at all times be owned by the Tribe.
Under the California State Constitution, Native American tribes are allowed to conduct many types of casino games on their reservations. The Constitution prohibits games that use dice or balls so Craps and Roulette will not be allowed. The resort will offer Las Vegas-style gaming including slot machines, Poker, Blackjack and Asian table games and more.
All the environmental processes are complete and have been approved. Which included the Bureau of Indian Affairs who analyzed all environmental impacts that might have been created by the project to which the Tribe will be required to mitigate any and all impacts. Issues such as water use, traffic and air quality were all addressed in the environmental process. Hard Rock International is a leader in building sustainable long-term projects that have minimal impact on the environment and surrounding communities.
FOR THE RECORD – HARD ROCK HAS STRONG SUPPORT IN KERN COUNTY