The Point of hiring foreign workers

Q: Hi Jason. I was just wondering that with all the unemployed in the area, like myself, why does Cedar Point insist on hiring foreigners? Seems like the jobs should go to Americans first. I applied at Cedar Point this year, but it seems like I'm seeing a lot of foreigners. Why do they do this? --Ron from North Forest Drive
Jason Singer
Jul 12, 2010


Q: Hi Jason. I was just wondering that with all the unemployed in the area, like myself, why does Cedar Point insist on hiring foreigners? Seems like the jobs should go to Americans first. I applied at Cedar Point this year, but it seems like I'm seeing a lot of foreigners. Why do they do this?

--Ron from North Forest Drive

A: I'm sorry to hear you're out of work, Ron. I hope this note finds you and your family getting by.

Cedar Point hires about 6,000 seasonal employees every year, of whom about 30 percent come from Erie County and the surrounding areas. Because Cedar Point pays minimum wage and the jobs are temporary, more teenagers and students apply than adults, said Robin Innes, a company spokesman. Because of that, Cedar Point hires a lot of local American students during summer vacation, he said. In the spring and fall, however, the park tends to hire more foreigners because it doesn't always have enough local candidates to fill its needs.

Bottom Line: Cedar Point hires the most qualified candidates, regardless of whether they're American or foreign, Innes said. If you want to re-apply or expand your search, he said, Cedar Point's Web site has a "Jobs" link, which lists dozens of different types of jobs. The park accepts new applications every day.

I wish you the best of luck and hope you find employment soon.

Q: Jason, thanks for being our community information search engine. I am not versed on the details of the TIF agreement between NOMS and the county; however, don't most agreements direct a portion of the funds to provide for infrastructure such as roads, sewer/water, etc.? It has been quite a while since NOMS opened for business and yet no work has started at the intersection of Ohio 4 and Strub Road. Is there any improvement plan in process and if so when is it set to begin?

--Fred in Perkins

A: Great question, Fred. You are correct: All money generated by TIF agreements (tax-increment financing) must go toward public improvements. In this particular agreement, the county will use the TIF money to add turn lanes on both sides of Strub Road, so people can more easily turn onto Ohio 4.

Right now, the county is in the process of purchasing nearby land so it can widen the roads. Once it acquires the land, it must relocate the nearby utilities. Because it's already July and the building season is short, the county likely won't start construction until February or March 2011. Between relocating the utilities, putting in storm drains and adding the turn lanes, the project might not finish until August 2011.

Q: Could you better explain tax-incremental TIF agreements (tax-increment financing) for us simple-minded folk? Thank you.

--Shirley on Taylor Street

A: Sure thing, Shirley. When someone tries to develop a property or old building -- such as the NOMS Healthcare building referenced previously -- the government can promise to make public improvements. These public improvements -- such as improved utilities and turn lanes -- will help increase NOMS' property values.

Initially the government will borrow money to make the improvements. But after the redevelopment is complete, it will collect part of the increased property taxes to pay off the loan. In NOMS' case, those increased property taxes will generate an estimated $132,000 per year for the county. Erie County will collect that money on an annual basis.

Through TIF agreements, the government can more easily promote redevelopment. It makes developers happy because the improvements increase the value of their property, and the redevelopment usually generates more taxes that will eventually help all residents. TIF agreements are popular throughout the country. They can also lead to gentrification, however, so some people are against them.

Q: Jason, This question has been nagging at me for quite some time. How much money do the city commissioners make? I've been reading about Kim Nuesse being out of a job for what seems like years. How could she possible live on a meager commissioner stipend as well as pay her lawyer all this time? Does she get unemployment? Does she have another job? Did she secretly win the lottery?

--Scott from Huron

A: City commissioners make $5,000 per year. Kim Nuesse works part-time as an adjunct instructor with Northwestern University in Chicago. She teaches budgeting for law enforcement agencies at Northwestern's Center for Public Safety. Sometimes she teaches on campus and other times she travels. She has worked with some major police departments on their budgeting, including the Philadelphia Police Department, Chicago Police Department and Nashville Police Department.

As far as I know, she didn't win the lottery. But if you did win the lottery, Commissioner Nuesse, pleas give me a call. That would make a great story.


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Clark W

I have a question...If Ron from North Forest Drive is unemployed, how is he getting into Cedar Point?  How else would he notice foreigners there?

Chung Lee

Chung Lee think maybe he went to Wal Mart and see them there.  They are easy to spot wearing funny clothes and talking in their foreign language.


@ Chung Lee......More than one way to skin a cat...................


TIF money to add turn lanes on both sides of Strub Road, so people can more easily turn onto Ohio 4.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! How much traffic is on Strub Road to require turn lanes? There already are traffic lights at the intersection so people can easily turn onto 4. How about turn lanes on 4 so that people can easily turn onto Strub? Plus it would eliminate the bottlenecks on 4. Another stupid idea of government in action. Turn lanes on Strub. What a stupid idea and waste of taxpayer money.

Julie R.

If Matt Kline got unemployment after he was fired, why didn't Kim?  After all, Kline's firing was justifiable, but Kim's (even after a million dollar plus hearing)) was found to be not.


Well JulieR....maybe be you explain to me how it was not a conflict of interest for Nuesse to become Kline's boss which in turn got him fired?


**maybe you CAN explain**...sorry forgot CAN. (Before I get crucified)


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Clark W....he may have bought his pass during the Christmas season like we do for our family and just recently became unemployed. Or like Chung Lee said maybe he went to Walmart or Meijer and watched them get off of the bus, buy nothing but junk food and listen to them blab at each other in whatever language even though they know how to speak English. Cedar Point is also lying, not everyone gets a fair chance to work there, they would rather hire from out of the country because they work for nearly nothing and will do whatever it takes to be a slave to their job.


Babycakes.  Please tell me you are kidding.  "listen to them blab at each other in whatever language even though they know how to speak English."  If they were among friends, why would they speak a second language.  Is there some law that says that if you are visiting a foreign country you must speak the language even if you it is a second language?  If you were in their country with friends, would you feel more comfortable speaking English, or would you struggle with speaking their language because it is customary? I worked at a bank for a couple summers and these foreigners who "buy nothing but junk food" were very disciplined at saving their money.  The money they made being "slaves to their job", went a long way in paying for their college educations and even supporting their families at home.  Cedar Point has a need for thousands of employees every summer, and even in these economic times cannot possibly fill these positions at the local level.  Even with all the foreigners employed, there are many from universities all over this country.  But in reality, most American students can make as much money staying home as they can at Cedar Point.  Internationally speaking, these students can make much more in a summer making American currency than they can at home.  And yes, as a whole, the foreign employees are more dependable, harder working, and less spoiled than their American counterparts.  This was evident in the size of the paychecks, and how carefully these students controlled their spending.  So from what I saw, if I were an employer, I would hire these "blabberers" any time.  Say what you want babycakes, but I urge you to look past the obvious and think a little more critically before making comments that make you seem...well, we'll just leave it at that.

Yellow Snow

Re:Kimo.  This is a scream, thanks for skin comment.  Loved it!


I see these young people at Meijer's all of the time. They speak Russian or some other language. Many people who lost their jobs and unemployment would like to work at Cedar Point if even for the summer months. These foreign young people come from countries where human rights violations occur often so if Cedar Point takes advantage of them, then they would not complain much about employee abuse.


cedar point should show a little more loyalty to our unemployed citizens. a friend who is very qualified was turned down for a job and a person who could hardly speak english got it.


Some companies are just hiring those employees who depending to their culture and depending to their contry. But there are some who are hiring foreign people because we all know that they are also good in things I mean they are also productive.