New England News
4:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Picks MGM As Casino Developer

Credit MGM Springfield

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has chosen MGM Resorts International to develop an $800 million casino project in the city’s downtown. It puts MGM one step closer to competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusett.

   Springfield would receive more than $25 million annually in taxes and other payments from MGM Resorts if it is successful in building the resort casino, under the terms of a comprehensive development agreement announced Tuesday by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
12:58 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's MGM: Springfield's Sarno Decides On Casino

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has selected MGM Resorts International as the developer for a proposed casino in the state's third-largest city, rejecting a competing bid by Penn National Gaming.

Sarno announced Tuesday he had negotiated a host community agreement with MGM, which has proposed a more than $800 million resort casino on a 10-acre downtown site damaged by a June 2011 tornado.

MGM has committed to making annual payments of more than $25 million if the casino is built.

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New York News
6:38 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Forum Set On Upstate NY Casino Plan

Another upstate New York tourist town is looking into casino gambling.

The Mayor of Lake George has scheduled a public forum Tuesday evening to get a sense of where residents stand on casino gambling in Warren County.

Officials in Saratoga Springs and Essex County have already expressed an interest in a gambling casino.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined a plan to boost tourism and economic development by allowing as many as three resort gambling casinos in upstate New York. The proposal would be subject to a referendum.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote Will Not Be On June 25th

There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25th , the same day voters  head to the polls in Massachusetts for the special Senate election.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MGM Campaigns For Casino Project In Springfield

Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing.  MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

MGM Promotes Future Casino Jobs

Credit WAMC

The lure of thousands of jobs in the fledgling Massachusetts gaming industry is powerful in the greater Springfield area, where unemployment remains high.  One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised. 

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor, legislature locked over number of casinos

ALBANY – As the issue of legalizing casino gaming in New York heads toward reality, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are at odds over the number of facilities to be allowed.

The governor wants to start with three upstate, without naming locations.

The legislature would like seven approved.  Senator John Bonacic (R- Mount Hope), chairman of the Senate Gaming and Wagering Committee, would like the locations identified.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Casino Operators Pledge To Hire Locally

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The two companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts have affirmed local hiring goals.

   Penn National Gaming says  its goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from the city of Springfield.  MGM Resorts said 35  percent of its employees would be city residents, and 90 percent would live in the Greater Springfield area.  William Ward, held of the Hampden Regional Employment Board said the agency will work with whichever company gets the casino license

   A consortium of community colleges plans to offer casino job training courses..

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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