A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.
The campaign to convince voters in West Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening. Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.
Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.
Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum. The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign.
The “Big E” has a new boss. Eugene Cassidy is the new president and C-E-O of the Eastern States Exposition. The organization has hosted the region’s largest agricultural fair and exposition on its grounds in West Springfield for 95 years. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Cassidy about what makes the “ Big E” such a big draw through the decades.