New England News
5:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Fresh From Casino Referendum Win MGM Takes Next Steps

Fresh off  Tuesday’s casino referendum victory in Springfield, Massachusetts  officials with MGM Resorts have reached out to municipal leaders in neighboring communities.

MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle ( left) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the May 1,2013 signing of the host community agreement
MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle ( left) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the May 1,2013 signing of the host community agreement
Credit WAMC

   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.