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     One of the biggest hiring sprees in the history of western Massachusetts is underway. MGM has put out the help wanted sign at the $960 million casino resort that is scheduled to open in Springfield in September.

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is weighing whether to commit taxpayers’ dollars toward a campaign to promote the city. 

    

    The soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino was announced today as the venue for a signature fundraising event for a venerable civic organization.

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A landmark western Massachusetts restaurant is closing its doors after 53 years, but it may not be goodbye forever.

      Despite the existence of a number of workforce development programs, Springfield continues to have one of the highest poverty rates and lowest worker participation rates of any city in Massachusetts.

  Lawmakers in Massachusetts are weighing a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports operators.

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Classes start soon at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, the region’s first school designed specifically to train people for the hundreds of gaming jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.  MGM today announced an incentive for people to enroll. 

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A group of businesses in western Massachusetts have announced a formal effort to combat human trafficking.

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A new culinary and hospitality training center is opening in western Massachusetts next week. It is part of the effort to have a workforce in place when the MGM casino opens in Springfield later this year. 

    The $7.5 million Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Institute has the latest and greatest of everything found in a commercial kitchen, according to professional chef and culinary arts department chairman Warren Leigh.

    "This is every exciting for us," said Leigh. " It is going to change the way we teach."

A new training program for the hospitality industry launched in Massachusetts today as thousands of jobs will soon open at the MGM casino.

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In advance of the opening next year of the MGM casino, the city of Springfield is planning an advertising blitz to promote the city’s assets to visitors.

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  A new gaming school began accepting registrations for classes today from people who hope to get jobs in the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.

There will be no interruption in programming this month on community television in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Production will go on at a studio located in the footprint of where the MGM casino complex is under construction. 

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MGM is ramping up its plans to hire thousands of people to work in the $960 million resort casino complex that is scheduled to open in western Massachusetts next fall.

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   The city of Springfield is advertising for bids for a major downtown improvement project.

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    MGM Springfield has announced partnerships with two local institutions and revealed a major retail tenant for the $960 million resort casino that is scheduled to open in western Massachusetts next fall. 

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           City and MGM Springfield officials declared a milestone had been reached in the development of the region’s first resort casino.

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    With the first resort casino in Massachusetts opening in the fall of 2018, MGM Springfield has begun a campaign to attract potential employees.

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    A special legislative commission tasked with coming up with recommendations about online gambling has issued its final report to members of the Massachusetts legislature.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

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    In the latest round of grant awards, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized spending almost $2 million from a fund established to help offset costs related to the construction of the state’s two large resort casinos.   The Wynn casino under construction outside Boston and the MGM casino that is being built in downtown Springfield are impacting traffic and parking.

     A tentative agreement is in place between officials in Springfield, Massachusetts and MGM to have the casino operator invest in a long-stalled downtown development project. But it means MGM’s pledge to build housing as part of its $950 million resort casino development will be further delayed.

      A bill to allow construction of a third tribal casino in Connecticut cleared the legislature early this morning meaning the yet-to-open MGM Springfield casino could face a competitor just a few miles away down Interstate 91. 

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

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Although crime is down in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the head of the Springfield Police Department is hiring more officers and looking for an increase in the next city budget.

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A milestone was marked and a labor union tradition honored today during the construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts.

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