Fresh off Tuesday’s casino referendum victory in Springfield, Massachusetts officials with MGM Resorts have reached out to municipal leaders in neighboring communities.
MGM President Bill Hornbuckle said the company is obliged to come to terms with at least half-a-dozen communities to mitigate the impacts the Springfield casino could have on such things as traffic.
Unlike the host community agreement, the surrounding community agreements are not subject to local voter approval. There is an arbitration process if negotiations proof fruitless. MGM is the first of the casino competitors in western Massachusetts to win a required voter referendum. Votes have yet to be scheduled for Hard Rock International in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer.