City Of Northampton Applies For Casino Mitigation Funds

Sep 27, 2017

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

   The city of Northampton will ask Massachusetts casino regulators Thursday for $100,000 to help offset the impact of the MGM Springfield casino.

   Mayor David Narkewicz said the money, if approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, would be used to create a marketing and advertising plan to attract MGM Springfield casino visitors to Northampton.

  "We want people to know they could do a day trip to Northampton, or maybe come spend the weekend in Northampton and go down to the casino as part of their visit," Narkewicz explained.

  A study the city commissioned in 2013 estimated spending could be reduced at Northampton businesses by between $4 million - $8 million once the casino opens in Springfield in September 2018.

  The money Northampton has applied for would come from a special mitigation fund the state’s casino license holders were required to pay into - not from taxpayers. 

  The gaming commission is scheduled to hold a public meeting Thursday at the MassMutual  Center in Springfield.