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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Negotiations With Casino Developers Delayed

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. 

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New England News
6:51 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

11 Developers Apply For Massachusetts Gaming Licenses

Eleven applications were filed for gaming licenses in Massachusetts by Tuesday night’s deadline.

   In announcing the applicants, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby said the state is assured of robust competition to maximize  job creation and tax revenue.

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New England News
1:40 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Big E Casino Announcement Scheduled

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.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Re-elected Springfield City Council President Sees Casinos, School Safety As Top Issues

Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera takes the oath of office for council president from District Court Judge William Boyle, assisted by Springfield City Clerk Wayman Lee
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
6:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Plan To Be Announced For Casino Jobs Training

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.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Two Casino Firms Meet Deadlines

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.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Company Seeking Springfield Casino License Submits Application Fees

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.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Holyoke Mayor Now Shuts The Door To Casino Developers

Credit Alex Morse

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.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Casino Proposals Draw Praise, Concerns At Springfield Forum

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.

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New England News
5:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Ameristar Exit From Casino Race Leaves People In Springfield Disappointed

Amerstar planned to build a casino on this former industrial site in East Springfield. Now the fate of the property is unknown
Credit WAMC

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.

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