More than 400 business owners, contractors, and tradesmen packed a meeting Thursday morning to find out how to bid for work building the MGM Springfield casino.
MGM officials outlined a construction timetable, explained hiring goals for women, minorities and veterans, and provided contact information. Hunter Clayton, MGM Resorts top construction official said building the casino, hotel, retail stores, restaurants and other amenities is a unique and special project.
The Pittsfield City Council formally adopted an updated affirmative action policy and accepted a state grant to continue funding a downtown streetscape project. One city councilor is considering strengthening the affirmative action policy.
City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts will meet Thursday to set new property tax rates.
If the rates proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno are approved, fifty-seven percent of the residential property owners will pay lower taxes next year, with the average bill going down by $19 dollars, according to city assessor Richard Allen.
" The increases on the other 43 percent generally are relatively modest," said Allen.
Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center picketed outside the Pittsfield hospital this afternoon. They say the hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The hospital continues to refute the claims.
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees met for the final time today under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick. The meeting on the flagship Amherst campus drew union protestors and student activists.
MGM officials have invited contractors to a meeting this week in Springfield, Massachusetts to discuss the company’s casino construction plans.
At the public meeting Thursday at the MassMutual Convention Center, there will be a presentation about the design and the construction timetable for the $800 million development in downtown Springfield. Chris Boss, a carpenter from West Springfield said a project of this scope is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people in the construction trades.