City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president. Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.
A report to the gaming commission last year said there will be ten thousand jobs in the casino industry in Massachusetts. William Messner, president of Holyoke Community College said if there is not a trained pool of local people the casino companies will hire from out of state.
Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A company that hopes to develop a casino in Springfield, Mass. says it has paid $650,000 in application fees to the city and state.
Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.
The Pennsylvania-based company said it also submitted a $250,000 fee required by the city of Springfield, which is conducting its own casino review process.
The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has changed his mind, again, on the casino issue. Mayor Alex Morse’s surprise decision cuts the competition for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley News Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
In another stunning switch, Mayor Alex Morse announced Thursday that he once again opposes any casino development in Holyoke. The change came less than three weeks after Morse had angered many of his political supporters by announcing he would open the door to casino developers.
Top executives from casino industry heavyweights MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming pitched their competing plans for Springfield Massachusetts last night. The forum drew hundreds of people with questions about the impact of a casino development in downtown Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The announcement by casino operator Ameristar that it is dropping out of the competition for a gambling license in Massachusetts has been greeted by disappointment in Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The announcement late Friday by Ameristar came just five weeks after the company’s CEO Gordy Kanofsky, speaking to 200 invited guests inside a large white tent on a former industrial site, boasted about the plans to build a nearly $1 billion dollar resort casino on the property.
The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts earlier this week, shockingly, opened the door to a casino development in his city. Now a plan to build a resort casino on a golf course is being revived. But is Holyoke too late in the casino game in western Massachusetts? WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has unveiled renderings and announced details about the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts. It is one of three companies competing for casino development rights in Springfield. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.