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.
Almost ten months after newly elected Mayor Alex Morse almost literally slammed the door of his city hall office on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.
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.
Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to build a casino in western Massachusetts. Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
A report to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimates the state will need to establish a labor pool of 30,000 candidates to fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the new casino industry. Commissioners will need to establish a plan for workforce development to go along with a master schedule that projects the awarding of casino licenses in the winter of 2014. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday set the end of February 2014 as the outside date for awarding the first casino license in the state. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
The state’s gaming industry regulators discussed a master schedule which commission chairman Stephen Crosby described as prudent.
The background checks on the casino license applicants is the most time consuming part of the schedule, pegged to take a minimum of six months. The draft master schedule calls for the investigations to begin in January.
The state law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts requires voters in a host community to approve the casino development in a referendum. The law permits cities , such as Springfield, to hold either an at-large vote or limit it to just the ward where the casino would be built. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is adamant the voter referendum on whether there should be a casino built in Springfield will be held city-wide.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.
Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have agreed to changes in a casino selection competition to address concerns about the timetable that were raised last week by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. It will likely push back until next summer a voter referendum on a casino in Springfield.. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Casino operators are promising thousands of jobs will be created when a resort casino project comes to western Massachusetts. Labor leaders are working to guarantee construction jobs go only to union workers. A civil rights leader is seeking assurances that jobs will be plentiful for people of color. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.