Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are hoping to wrap up negotiations with would-be casino developers in time for a voter referendum to coincide with the June 25 special election for US Senate. City officials are also considering how to spend the financial windfall they hope a casino brings.
While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission does not expect to award the first casino license in the state until a year from now, plans are underway to start training people to fill the thousands of jobs the new gaming industry promises.
BOSTON (AP) — A Native American tribe hoping to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts has received a favorable opinion on their land bid from the federal government.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that the Office of Indian Gaming, in a preliminary advisory opinion, said the land where the casino has been proposed in Taunton qualifies as an "initial reservation," as does land in Mashpee, where the tribe is headquartered.
The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has announced a delay in negotiations over building a resort casino downtown. The city will take more time to review written proposals from two casino operators competing for the city’s support.
Officials with the Eastern States Exposition have struck a deal with Hard Rock International to pursue a resort casino development on the fairgrounds in West Springfield. According to informed sources the project on the 175 acre property would include a hotel, retail stores and an outdoor concert venue. Brian Griffin, vice chair of the town council, believes the project can overcome what he predicts will be initial resistance on the part of townspeople.