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Holyoke to get $50,000, plus $1.28 million over 15 years and jobs from proposed MGM Springfield casino

MGM Resorts International will pay the city $50,000 up front and nearly $1.28 million over 15 years and commit to providing residents with "hundreds of permanent job opportunities" in relation to its proposed casino in Springfield, officials said Monday.

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4/18/2014

article Anti-Casino Activist Says MGM's License Delay Request Is Evidence Of Eroding Public Support
(Massachusetts) -- After a two-year battle that left MGM Resorts International as the last competitor standing to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts, the...
article MGM asks provisional Massachusetts casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Casino giant MGM is asking Massachusetts gambling regulators to award it a provisional license so it can begin construction on an $800 million casino...

4/17/2014

article Anti-casino advocate: MGM's license request reflects lack of confidence in future of Springfield casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- A prominent anti-casino advocates contends that MGM Resort’s license request betrays a lack of confidence that Massachusetts voters would...
article Springfield officials don't see MGM's request for delay in casino approval as a setback
(Massachusetts) -- Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer, said Thursday that MGM Springfield, in seeking a delay in final state approval of its...

4/7/2014

article Winning over the skeptics remains MGM's biggest challenge
(Massachusetts) -- It would be fascinating to know what people like Michael Mathis must be thinking when they go home at night.

4/2/2014

article Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of...

4/1/2014

article Casino opponents, advocates reiterate arguments at MGM Springfield host community meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The people opposed to an MGM Springfield casino and those who support the project turned out in droves on Tuesday as the Massachusetts Gaming...
article Casino Supporters, Foes Speak At Final Hearing On MGM Springfield Project
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a final public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed $800 million MGM Springfield casino.

3/31/2014

article Want A Final Word On Springfield Casino?
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts gaming commission will hold a final public meeting Tuesday in Springfield before awarding a resort casino license in western...

3/30/2014

article Mass. gambling panel to hold hearing on Springfield casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The state gambling commission is headed to Springfield to hear from residents and local officials about MGM Resorts' plan to build an $800 million...

3/29/2014

article MGM Springfield and Longmeadow to go into arbitration
(Massachusetts) -- There’s a deadlock in Longmeadow over the surrounding community agreement with MGM Springfield. After not being able to reach a deal with MGM...

3/3/2014

article Supporters, opponents to MGM Resorts Casino testify before state Gaming Commission at West Springfield hearing
(Massachusetts) -- More than 60 people, representing all sides of the casino issue, offered testimony before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a four-hour...

3/2/2014

article Gaming Commission to host public forum in West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a surrounding community public forum on Monday in West Springfield.

3/1/2014

article Editorial: Time for Greater Springfield residents to pay attention to details of MGM's casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- A year ago, MGM was gearing up for a referendum on its $800 billion proposal to build a resort casino in Springfield’s South End. That hurdle...
article Impacts of proposed MGM casino on West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- West Springfield town leaders want to make sure the Gaming Commission hears their concerns when they meet on Monday.

2/20/2014

article Springfield Mayor Hopes To Block Vote On Casino Repeal
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking to join an effort to block a voter referendum that could repeal the state’s casino gambling...

2/18/2014

article Mass. Casino Regulators Approve Longmeadow Community Petition
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators agreed Tuesday to designate Longmeadow as a surrounding community for a proposed $800 million resort casino in Springfield,...
article Mass. casino regulators weigh community petitions
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators agreed Tuesday to designate Longmeadow as a surrounding community for a proposed $800 million resort casino in...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission concludes Longmeadow is surrounding community to MGM Springfield project, while Northampton and Hampden are not
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission says Longmeadow will be considered a surrounding community to the $800 million MGM Resorts International project in...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to announce whether Longmeadow, Northampton and Hampden are eligible for MGM casino mitigation money
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission will meet Tuesday morning at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to announce whether Longmeadow, Northampton and...
article Updated: Northampton mayor pledges to 'redouble' economic development following unfavorable gaming commission ruling
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor David J. Narkewicz said the city plans to move forward and “redouble” its efforts to strengthen Northampton’s local economy...

2/17/2014

article Incoming MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis says $800 million casino project could change the city's luck and gaming industry's approach to urban communities
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield's incoming President Michael Mathis sees the emergence of the entertainment company's New England operations as a jumping off...

2/5/2014

article Editorial: Northampton’s casino chip in the MGM game
(Massachusetts) -- One of the biggest business deals in western Massachusetts history is going to the wire. The state Gaming Commission will decide by May 30 whether to...

2/4/2014

article Outlook 2014: Prospect of MGM Springfield casino raises concerns for other Western Mass. entertainment venues
(Massachusetts) -- While last year's regional entertainment economy was a bit sunnier than 2012, the prospect of a resort casino in downtown Springfield is raising...

1/28/2014

article MGM Fights Towns' Bid Toward Mitigation Of $800M Casino
(Arizona) -- MGM Resorts International on Tuesday asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to deny several towns petitioning to force MGM to negotiate mitigation deals...
article Northampton officials argue Springfield casino would negatively impact city's unique business offerings; MGM officals say concerns overstated
(Massachusetts) -- Northampton and MGM Resorts International both made their cases to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday as the city fights to be designated...

1/24/2014

article MGM makes pitch for its casino in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Top executives from casino giant MGM Resorts told the state gambling commission Thursday that they are ready to join the rebirth of the city of...

1/23/2014

article Haar: MGM Touts Blue Back-Inspired Plan For Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- It's pretty much a done deal that MGM Resorts will win a license to build an $800 million casino with a hotel and conference center in Springfield...
article MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The MGM Resorts International presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday morning was like a walk down memory lane for anyone who has...
article MGM’s final presentation made to Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield delivered a 90 minute presentation in front of the state Gaming Commission in Boston Thursday morning, with a theme of “Bringing...

1/14/2014

article Holyoke named surrounding community to MGM casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Holyoke has reached a deal with MGM as a surrounding community to their Springfield casino proposal. Mayor Alex Morse says his city may not be...
article Longmeadow Officials Decision to Petition for Surrounding Community Status with MGM
(Massachusetts) -- The deadline for cities and towns to file petitions before the state gaming commission to receive surrounding community status for the Springfield MGM...

1/13/2014

article Hampden petitions Massachusetts Gambling Commission to be designated 'surrounding community' to MGM casino in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Hampden is petitioning the state Gambling Commission that it will be impacted by increased traffic with the development of an MGM Resorts...
article Holyoke to get $50,000, plus $1.28 million over 15 years and jobs from proposed MGM Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International will pay the city $50,000 up front and nearly $1.28 million over 15 years and commit to providing residents with "...
article MGM to pay Holyoke nearly $1.28M in impact aid over 15 years if state OKs Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Holyoke has a deal with MGM Resorts International for money and benefits to offset the impact of a proposed casino in Springfield

1/9/2014

article Casino impacts pegged at up to $8.8 million; Northampton seeks designation as 'surrounding community'
(Massachusetts) -- An economic impact study finds that Northampton businesses stand to lose between $4.4 million and $8.8 million a year in sales should MGM Resorts...

1/4/2014

article Northampton casts wary eye toward Springfield and its proposed MGM casino complex
(Massachusetts) -- Although the proposed MGM casino complex in Springfield has not yet been given the green light by the state, Northampton restaurant owner Claudio...

12/31/2013

article In wake of MGM’s final casino application, Northampton set to petition state for mitigation funds
(Massachusetts) -- Now that MGM Resorts International has filed its 7,000-page final application with the state to build a Springfield casino, Northampton officials...

12/30/2013

article As plans for a Springfield casino take shape, a review of the Top 10 business stories of 2013
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Springfield has passed its required background check to move forward with plans for a casino in the city's South End, proving that 2013's...
article MGM Resorts International submits 7,000-page final application to build Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International on Monday submitted the second and final stage of its application to build a casino in Springfield.
article MGM's Springfield Site Plan Application Is More Than 7,000 Pages
(Massachusetts) -- New details of three proposed casinos in Massachusetts will be available to the public in early January as MGM Resorts International, Mohegan Sun and...

12/28/2013

article Casino traffic during Friday rush hour
(Massachusetts) -- How would a casino in Springfield impact your commute? 22News discovered how much traffic its expected to bring. About 19,000 additional car trips per...

12/25/2013

article Longmeadow cites traffic study as reason for $1 million casino mitigation request from MGM Resorts International
(Massachusetts) -- The Longmeadow Select Board has cited a 29-page study released by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as a reason for the town's request of $1...
article MGM ruled suitable for casino project in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International was cleared by state gambling regulators on Monday to pursue a casino in Springfield.

12/24/2013

article Traffic study details casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- MGM is hoping to complete its surrounding community agreements before it hands in its final casino application. That's due before the end of the...
article Western Massachusetts residents not surprised on gaming commission's MGM vote, still hold mixed feelings about Springfield casino project
(Massachusetts) -- People spending their Christmas Eve morning in the city's South End weren't necessarily surprised that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission...

12/23/2013

article MGM Ruled Suitable For Springfield Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s gambling commission has cleared the way for MGM Resorts to pursue a casino in Springfield.
article Next step for MGM: Finish surrounding community deals
(Massachusetts) -- MGM has passed a major hurdle in the gaming process after getting cleared by the gaming commission, but they're still in the process of...
article Springfield officials pleased with Massachusetts Gaming Commission's positive suitability decision on MGM's South End casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield's Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy breathed a small sigh of relief on Monday as the biggest investment opportunity the city...

12/9/2013

article Investigators call MGM fit to operate Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- State investigators recommended Monday that MGM Resorts be declared fit to operate a casino, capping a 10-month investigation into the background of...
article MA Investigators Find No Reason To Disqualify MGM Casino Executives
(Massachusetts) -- A background investigation of MGM Resorts International and its partners found there is no reason to disqualify them from building and operating an $...
article Mass. investigators recommend MGM Resorts International be found suitable for casino license if it meets
(Massachusetts) -- Investigators for a state regulatory agency today said they have "not discovered any disqualifying factors" which would cause MGM Resorts...
article MGM given `favorable’ report in gaming board study
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed MGM resort casino in Springfield appears one step closer to approval after the state Gaming Commission’s investigative arm gave MGM a...
article MGM Hearing Starts Critical Week For Massachusetts Casinos [sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International’s long-awaited grilling today by Massachusetts gaming regulators kicks off a crucial seven-day stretch that could...
article MGM Looks To Clear Next Hurdle In $800 Million Springfield Casino Bid
(Massachusetts) -- The investigative arm of the state’s gambling commission is recommending that MGM Resorts International be found suitable to proceed with a bid...

12/8/2013

article Ludlow Agrees to $100,000 Mitigation Deal with MGM-Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Ludlow in Massachusetts has entered into an agreement with MGM-Springfield for funds to help mitigate the impact of a proposed casino in...
article MGM Awaits Results of Suitability Hearing Monday
(Massachusetts) -- Many casino supporters in Springfield are anxiously awaiting the results of Monday’s suitability hearing for MGM and their Springfield resort...
article MGM Springfield Casino Project Faces Key Hearing
(Massachusetts) -- Results of a background investigation into the developers of a proposed casino in Springfield will be released Monday by the Massachusetts Gaming...
article Waiting for Gaming Commission approval
(Massachusetts) -- MGM will have a hearing with the state Gaming Commission on Monday. MGM needs to pass a background check and obtain a gaming license before they can...

12/7/2013

article Northampton Eyes Economic Impact Of Springfield Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of Northampton is planning to petition the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for economic relief if a casino is built in Springfield.

12/6/2013

article Agawam signs community agreement with MGM
(Massachusetts) -- Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen announced an agreement with MGM casino on Friday. The Surrounding Community Agreement guarantees $2,375,000 over the course...
article Holyoke seeks slice of MGM-Springfield casino pie such as jobs and money
(Massachusetts) -- The city is negotiating to get benefits like those that Ludlow and Agawam have trumpeted recently from the $800 million casino that MGM Resorts...

12/5/2013

article Experts: MGM’s debt could thwart casino’s chances
(Massachusetts) -- The head of MGM Resorts International yesterday said he feels confident the state Gaming Commission will find MGM suitable to continue with the...
article MGM chief confident in Massachusetts casino bid despite repeal effort
(Massachusetts) -- The chief executive of MGM Resorts International expressed confidence on Thursday that his plan to develop a gambling casino in western Massachusetts...
article MGM chief pitches his Springfield casino to Boston business audience, ahead of gaming board hearing
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International chief executive James Murren made a long pitch for his Springfield casino to Boston’s business elite Thursday at the...
article MGM looking for surrounding communities approval
(Massachusetts) -- In a few weeks MGM will need to submit their final application to the state Gaming Commission. In that application, MGM must include signed agreements...
article Northampton seeks agreement with MGM-Springfield to defray impact of a casino
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor David J. Narkewicz plans to ask the City Council for $22,000 at Thursday’s council meeting to hire a consultant to assess the economic...

11/19/2013

article Editorial: And then there was one: Springfield stands alone among WMass casino prospects
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield is the only western Massachusetts community left in the running to host a casino and we think this is a fine option — better than...

11/16/2013

article Can surrounding communities keep casino out of Springfield?
(Massachusetts) -- The short answer is no. A few communities in Western Massachusetts have voted on a resolution or in a referendum saying that they do not want a casino...

11/7/2013

article MGM Resorts taking nothing for granted in Springfield after Palmer voters reject Mohegan Sun's sole competing Western Massachusetts casino project
(Massachusetts) -- A representative of MGM Resorts International said Wednesday the company is focused on its own casino proposed in Springfield and taking nothing for...

11/6/2013

article And then there was one? MGM casino proposal for Springfield could be last plan standing after Palmer voters narrowly reject Mohegan Sun
(Massachusetts) -- It's the sort of scenario an oddsmaker might find too easy, kind of like snatching candy from a baby's sticky fingers – especially since...
article MGM Springfield continues forward as sole contender
(Massachusetts) -- Officials from MGM Springfield asserted they would continue to move forward as planned Wed. despite being the only casino in western Massachusetts...

11/2/2013

article Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and member groups endorse MGM Springfield casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International, proposing a casino in Springfield, announced on Friday that it has received endorsements from the Affiliated Chambers of...
article Former Springfield Mayor to analyze casino impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The East Longmeadow Board of Selectmen has given former Springfield Mayor Mike Albano a $10,000 consulting contract to conduct a casino economic...
article Longmeadow to vote on anti-casino resolution during special Town Meeting
(Massachusetts) -- Residents here will vote on a non-binding casino resolution during the special Town Meeting to be held Tuesday. Article 13 is a citizens petition that...

10/25/2013

article MGM official explains Springfield casino benefit to Franklin County business owners
(Massachusetts) -- Guests at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Greenfield on Friday listened with rapt attention as an official from MGM Resorts pitched the company...

10/23/2013

article Casino Developer Sees Partners in Berkshire Economy
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts officials say the Berkshires will play a big role in the success of a proposed $800 million casino in Springfield.
article Residents express concern over casino road plans
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield's surrounding communities will be taking a regional approach to determine the impact of MGM's casino plans on their roads.

10/1/2013

article West Springfield Town Council schedules Nov. 5 referendum on MGM casino in Springfield's South End
(Massachusetts) -- The Town Council voted Monday night to approve a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot asking residents if they approve of a casino on the other...

9/18/2013

article Casino opponents still fighting against Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents met in Springfield on Wednesday night, still hoping to fight against the possibility of a casino coming to the city.

8/25/2013

article Hard Rock attracts casino supporters and opponents to job fair in West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- The promise of thousands of jobs attracted hundreds of candidates Saturday to a fair forecasting jobs ranging from management to maintenance should...
article Hard Rock holds final open house in West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Saturday, Hard Rock held a job fair, showing residents what careers would come to town with their proposed $800-million casino resort.
article Hard Rock holds job fair in West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- A job fair for the Hard Rock Casino was held at West Springfield Middle School on Saturday, with just more than two weeks before residents go to the...
article Hard Rock New England discusses casino plan in West Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- With less than three weeks before voters decide if they want to bring a casino to the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, Hard Rock Hotel and...

8/22/2013

article Hard Rock New England to host job fair, deliver updated casino presentation for West Springfield voters
(Massachusetts) -- As residents of West Springfield mull the possibility of an $800 million Hard Rock Casino and Hotel being built on the grounds of the Eastern States...
article West Springfield Town Councilor Robert Mancini encourages 'yes' vote on Hard Rock's $800 million casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- While not every West Springfield resident is lining up behind the pro-casino folks pushing for the development of a Hard Rock Casino and Hotel at the...

8/16/2013

article Casino opposition not giving up in Spfld
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield residents voted in favor of MGM's casino proposal but those who voted against it say they're not giving up yet. The Chairman of...

8/9/2013

article Editorial: Springfield’s suitors include UMass as well as MGM Resorts International
(Massachusetts) -- News item: A powerhouse institution seeks to plant its flag in Springfield, with promises of economic gains for all involved. An official opines:...

7/25/2013

article Springfield City Council President James Ferrera pledges dialogue with Massachusetts Gaming Commission on MGM casino project
(Massachusetts) -- City Council President James J. Ferrera III has assured the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that the council’s 15-member Casino Site Committee...

7/24/2013

article Casino Site Committee will decide their role
(Massachusetts) -- The Springfield Casino Site Committee is meeting Wednesday night for the first time since voters approved the host community agreement.
article Springfield casino site committee meets for first time since vote
(Massachusetts) -- It's been just more than a week since 58 percent of the Springfield's voters approved MGM's plans for a South End casino.

7/21/2013

article Casino Approved in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Connecticut officials take note, new casino development in Massachusetts has came one step closer Tuesday as voters in Springfield endorsed a casino...

7/20/2013

article Recent developments in the WMass casino race
(Massachusetts) -- There have been many developments in the past few weeks regarding casino gaming in Western Massachusetts. In Springfield voters approved MGM's...
article West Springfield Casino Referendum Date To Be Set
(Massachusetts) -- The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development...
article West Springfield town councilors call special meeting to set date for Hard Rock casino referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Six members of the town council have used a special provision of the town charter to call a meeting for Tuesday for the board to vote to set a date...

7/18/2013

article Casino opposition not giving up in Spfld
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield residents voted in favor of MGM's casino proposal but those who voted against it say they're not giving up yet.

7/17/2013

article MGM Resorts savors voter support, reaches out to neighboring communities, in bid to open Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- While MGM Resorts International gained a virtual citywide victory in Tuesday’s referendum, capturing 62 of 64 precincts, it was also setting its...
article MGM: Casino push expanding to WMass region
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts is expanding its casino campaign to all of western Massachusetts after winning the support of Springfield voters.
article Springfield voters may have approved MGM casino, but how will margin of victory weigh on state's final decision?
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to elections, a win is a win, but does the margin of victory matter? In a typical political election, say, where Republican Scott Brown...
article Voters in Mass. city approve casino agreement
(Massachusetts) -- Voters in Springfield on Tuesday approved a casino agreement between city officials and MGM Resorts International to compete for one of three regional...

7/16/2013

article Anti-casino group reacts to casino vote
(Massachusetts) -- Some Springfield residents plan on continuing their fight against a western Massachusetts casino. Citizens Against Casino Gaming acknowledged defeat,...
article Citizens Against Casino Gaming vows, despite voter approval of MGM Springfield casino proposal, battle to derail project will continue
(Massachusetts) -- Despite a significant win for proponents of the MGM Resorts International proposal to develop an $800 million casino in the city's South End,...
article MGM Casino referendum voters steadily casting ballots in Springfield's Forest Park neighborhood
(Massachusetts) -- According to election officials in the city's Forest Park neighborhood, as of early afternoon voter turnout was steadier than anticipated in two...
article Springfield casino proponents, opponents strive to get out the vote on ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Proponents and opponents of an MGM Resorts International casino had one goal in common on Monday — get out the vote for Tuesday.
article Springfield OKs MGM casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield voters strongly approved MGM’s $800 million casino proposal in a citywide summertime vote last night in an election marked by high...
article Springfield voters approve casino gaming
(Massachusetts) -- A casino is one step closer to coming to downtown Springfield. Residents voted to approve MGM Resorts International proposal for a south end casino.
article Springfield voters back MGM Resorts casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield voters on Tuesday endorsed an $800 million casino proposal by MGM Resorts, making MGM the second of 11 original Massachusetts casino...
article Springfield Voters OK Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Voters on Tuesday handily approved a proposal by MGM Resorts International to build an $800 million casino in the city's south end.
article Voters in Springfield, Mass. vote to accept MGM casino agreement
(Massachusetts) -- Voters in Springfield have approved a casino agreement between city officials and MGM Resorts International.

7/15/2013

article Casino protestors rally at Springfield City Hall
(Massachusetts) -- The group Citizens Against Casino Gaming held a rally outside of City Hall on Sunday afternoon, joined by lawyer Paul Nicolai.
article MGM casino plan before voters in Mass. city
(Massachusetts) -- The plan by MGM Resorts International to build an $800 million casino in Springfield is about to be put to the test with city voters.
article MGM, Casino Opponents Hope for High Voter Turnout
(Massachusetts) -- After months and months of anticipation, the casino vote in Springfield is now less than a day away.
article Special Springfield election just 1 factor in casino deliberations, Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby says
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen P. Crosby, during a visit to Springfield Monday, said the commission is considering many factors as...
article Springfield seeking strong casino voter turnout
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says she’s optimistic that voter turnout could approach 25 percent Tuesday when Springfield...

7/14/2013

article Springfield attorney joins anti-casino group
(Massachusetts) -- The group called Citizens against Casino Gambling made their voices heard with a protest demonstration on the steps of Springfield city hall Sunday...
article Springfield election official, casino proponents and opponents strive to get out the vote
(Massachusetts) -- Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said Friday that she is optimistic that voter turnout could approach 25 percent Tuesday when Springfield voters...
article Springfield Residents Claim MGM Doesn’t Provide Tax Relief
(Massachusetts) -- Even though a new UMass Dartmouth report finds that Massachusetts residents pour millions of dollars each year into Rhode Island and Connecticut...
article Springfield residents express concerns about casino
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the casino referendum. Pastor Eli Serrano's father suffered from gambling addiction, and...

7/13/2013

article Casino Benefits for Agawam
(Massachusetts) -- The 8 million dollars Hard Rock is promising to surrounding communities will be split six ways between West Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee...
article Editorial: MGM resort casino chance for Springfield revival
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International stands poised to invest $800 million in a casino complex in the city’s South End. Springfield faces economic...
article MassLive.com/CBS 3 Poll: Springfield residents support $800 million MGM casino proposal in South End
(Massachusetts) -- A new MassLive.com/CBS 3 Springfield poll released today concludes that a majority of residents in the city are supportive of MGM Resorts...
article West Springfield Town Council moving to schedule casino referendum before Big E
(Massachusetts) -- Now that the Town Council has agreed to move forward regarding a proposed $800 million casino project prior to state background checks of the...
article Anti-casino group protesting in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- There's a strong say 'YES' to Springfield campaign underway in the city in support of MGM's casino proposal, but a strong faith based...
article MGM, anti-casino group make final push before Springfield vote
(Massachusetts) -- A big-money casino and a grass-roots movement have entered full campaign mode in the days leading up to Tuesday’s referendum in Springfield when...

7/12/2013

article Anti-casino advocate speaks to Springfield Rotary Club
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino advocate and former Connecticut Congressman Robert Steele spoke to the Springfield Rotary Club Friday afternoon about his book entitled...
article Supreme Judicial Court will not compel Springfield to remove MGM signs cited as improper by anti-casino group
(Massachusetts) -- A Supreme Judicial Court judge ruled on Friday that he will not force the city to remove any and all MGM Resorts signs in violation of city ordinances...

7/10/2013

article MGM: Vision or Mirage? / In Springfield, casino opponents wage a last-ditch battle.
(Massachusetts) -- Michael Kogut and Mark Mullan have spent the past several months traveling around Springfield making their case for why city voters next week should...

7/9/2013

article MGM funds pro-casino group in Springfield, Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a resort casino in Springfield, spent nearly $1 million over a six-week period in an effort to...
article Opponents campaign at proposed MGM casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield voters will go to the polls one week from Tuesday, and with MGM Springfield’s fate in the hands of citizens, both sides are making a...
article West Springfield Town Council sets Thursday meeting for casino agreement vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Town Council has scheduled a Thursday meeting in anticipation of getting a signed host community agreement from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New...

7/8/2013

article As Springfield casino vote approaches, campaign signs confiscated and MGM conducts diversity vendor fair
(Massachusetts) -- With eight days remaining before a casino vote in Springfield, code enforcement inspectors were taking down two campaign signs at busy intersections...
article Citizens Against Casino Gaming asks state officials to suspend casino votes
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino group Citizens Against Casino Gaming is calling for a suspension of community votes on gaming resort proposals, arguing that the state...
article Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts urges 'no' vote on Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts on Monday urged voters to reject a proposed casino in Springfield, saying it will...
article Councilor Ferrera Accepts Debate with Anti-Casino Group
(Massachusetts) -- A debate between a Springfield anti-casino group and City Councilor James Ferrera concerning the proposed MGM casino will take place Wednesday night.
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission: Springfield casino vote won't be delayed
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts Gaming Commission spokeswoman said Monday the commission will not postpone a casino vote in Springfield, scheduled July 16, rejecting...

7/7/2013

article Group Rallies in Protest Against Casino
(Massachusetts) -- With the vote on a potential casino approaching in Springfield, dozens of people gathered to protest against bringing a casino to the city.

7/6/2013

article Anti-casino event held in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- There's a vigorous vote 'YES' for Springfield campaign underway to try and get people to support MGM's casino plan for the city.
article Editorial: Get out to the polls, vote 'yes' for MGM
(Massachusetts) -- In nine days Springfield has a once-in-a-generation chance to reverse its long, sad decline. In a crucial July 16 special election that deserves a...

7/5/2013

article MGM Resorts schedules job workshops and diversity vendor fair for Springfield casino jobs, biddable goods
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International, as part of its pledge to create 3,000 jobs at its proposed casino and to spend millions of dollars on local goods, has...
article West Springfield Town Councilor Brian Griffin upset with MGM Resorts chief Bill Hornbuckle for not meeting before Springfield casino referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Town Councilor Brian J. Griffin has lashed out at the president of MGM Resorts International for his refusal to meet with Griffin and other local...

6/30/2013

article Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts urges Springfield votes to let casino question move forward
(Massachusetts) -- The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is urging Springfield voters to approve the July 16 referendum on the MGM Springfield casino...

6/29/2013

article MGM continues reaching out to Springfield as vote nears
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts may have just gone through a special election for U.S. Senate, but the city has another vote on the horizon. In just more than two weeks...

6/28/2013

article Springfield casino ballot ready, complete with 4-page summary of MGM Resorts project
(Massachusetts) -- The city has finalized the ballot for the July 16 referendum that asks voters if they support a casino in the downtown, with the ballot including a...

6/27/2013

article Anti-casino group highlights negative impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The countdown has now begun. Springfield residents will return to polls in less than 3 weeks to vote on the casino referendum. Some people are hoping...
article Anti-casino Forum Draws Large Crowd
(Maryland) -- Opponents of casino gambling rallied supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts last night where a citywide referendum on MGM Resorts’ $800 million...

6/26/2013

article Casino gambling opponents have their say at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Western Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop Douglas Fisher said a casino in Springfield would be “bad news for the poor.”
article Will you vote for a Springfield casino?
(Massachusetts) -- It's been voted on before and failed, twice. But Springfield voters head back to the ballot box on July 16 to decide if they want a casino in the...

6/25/2013

article Anti-casino event in Springfield will feature former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger among speakers
(Massachusetts) -- The public is invited to hear from three prominent anti-casino advocates, including former Attorney General L. Scott Harshbarger, during an event...

6/22/2013

article West Springfield committee makes recommendations for host agreement with Hard Rock International
(Massachusetts) -- The Town Council casino mitigation committee has sent a letter to the mayor with its recommendations for a possible West Springfield host agreement...

6/21/2013

article W. Spfld. Committee Makes Recommendations for Casino Host Agreement
(Massachusetts) -- A committee asked to make recommendations for what should be in West Springfield’s possible host agreement with Hard Rock has issued their...

6/18/2013

article MGM Resorts International executives pledge accelerated campaign for Springfield casino as ballot vote looms
(Massachusetts) -- Top executives with MGM Resorts International said Tuesday the company is waging an extensive, accelerated campaign for Springfield’s support...

6/17/2013

article Voter registration deadline approaches for Springfield casino referendum question
(Massachusetts) -- Residents wishing to vote July 16, on the casino referendum question, must be registered to vote, or register by the deadline, June 26.

6/13/2013

article West Springfield officials brainstorm on casino host community agreement
(Massachusetts) -- Funding for a new police station and a new Senior Center were just two of the potential benefits bandied about Thursday by officials with regard to...

6/5/2013

article Two Springfield Groups Continue to Push Mayor Sarno for a Casino Debate
(Massachusetts) -- Tonight a group of citizens who oppose building a casino in Springfield took to city hall to ask the mayor for a debate.

6/4/2013

article How will the casino impact the quality of life in WMass?
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield area community leaders are meeting to discuss potential health impacts of a casino in western Massachusetts.

5/31/2013

article Anti-casino group wants to debate Sarno
(Massachusetts) -- A group organized to oppose a possible casino in Springfield is demanding that Mayor Domenic Sarno agree to three debates on the casino issue before...

5/30/2013

article Casino money in the Springfield budget
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield's mayor released his recommended budget for 2014. It includes closing two libraries, but does not include any layoffs.
article Citizens Against Casino Gaming demands 3 casino debates with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, but he declines
(Massachusetts) -- Citizens Against Casino Gaming challenged Mayor Domenic J. Sarno this week to personally take part in three casino debates, but Sarno said the group...

5/28/2013

article Springfield Casino Vote To Be Held Before State Completes Background Probes
(Massachusetts) -- City officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have begun a voter education campaign in advance of the July 16th referendum on the casino project...

5/27/2013

article MGM Resorts confident it will pass Massachusetts background investigation in pursuit of Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- When people in Springfield cast ballots on a proposed MGM casino on July 16, the vote will take place before an important decision by the state.

5/23/2013

article Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised by Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby for assuring competition for city casino license
(New York) -- Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Thursday praised Mayor Domenic Sarno for doing “an incredible job” of assuring...

5/20/2013

article Springfield City Council approves $95,000 for special casino election, rejects Saturday balloting
(Massachusetts) -- Setting the stage for the July casino referendum, the City Council approved a $95,000 transfer to the Election Commission Monday after discussing -...
article Will voter fatigue affect casino referendum?
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield could move one step closer in the casino development process Monday night. Councilors might vote on when to hold the casino referendum....

5/15/2013

article MGM requests July casino referendum in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International has announced that it's requesting a July 16 referendum in Springfield on its $800 million casino plan.

5/14/2013

article MGM Formally Asks Springfield for July 16 Referendum Vote
(Massachusetts) -- MGM has formally requested that their casino project be put before the voters in July.
article MGM requests July 16 for referendum on Springfield casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International today formally requested a July 16 referendum date on its proposed $800 million casino in the South End.

5/11/2013

article Church group prepares to protest casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Council of Churches of western Massachusetts says that they oppose a casino. After the MGM host community agreement was approved, the Council of...

5/10/2013

article Springfield city council approves MGM casino host deal; voters have their say next
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield's city council has unanimously approved a host community agreement signed earlier by the mayor and MGM Resorts International.

5/7/2013

article Springfield councilor spikes debate on $800M MGM casino
(Massachusetts) -- A Springfield politician has temporarily blocked deliberations by the city council on a proposal to build an $800 million MGM Resorts International...

5/6/2013

article Springfield Council President James Ferrera temporarily blocks consideration of proposed casino agreement with MGM Resorts
(Massachusetts) -- City Council President James J. Ferrera III invoked a procedural rule Monday night, to temporarily block any council debate or vote on a proposed...

5/5/2013

article Gambling addiction concern in WMass
(Massachusetts) -- There's a push for casino gambling in many states, including Massachusetts. Now, experts on addiction, say that because of it, they're seeing...
article Springfield Planning Board gives first-step approval to revamped zoning ordinance
(Massachusetts) -- A complete revision of the city’s zoning ordinance, pursued and debated for seven years before dying in a City Council committee in December,...

5/4/2013

article Hard Rock International would pay for water, sewer upgrades if West Springfield casino wins approval, consultant says
(Massachusetts) -- Engineering consultants to Hard Rock International, the company that wants to build an $800 million destination casino resort here, have told city...
article Springfield, Mass., Mayor Selects MGM for Resort Casino (Updated)
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday chose MGM Resorts International as the preferred developer for a resort casino in the state's third-...

5/3/2013

article Online gambling could pose a threat to a Western Mass casino
(Massachusetts) -- There's a new threat to a casino in western Massachusetts, and one hasn't even been built yet. Nevada is trying their hand at online gambling...

5/2/2013

article Questions of Possible Conflict Of Interest On Casino Committee
(Massachusetts) -- Questions over a possible casino conflict of interest have come up in West Springfield. Mayor Greg Neffinger appointed a committee to advise him on...
article Springfield (Mass.) City Leaders Favor MGM Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Former football star Doug Flutie showed up in Springfield, Mass., for a charity auction last December as a guest of Penn National Gaming (PENN). The...
article Sweeteners in gaming deals / Unique perks are common
(Massachusetts) -- If it wins the state’s western casino license, MGM Resorts would be obliged to spruce up a park in Springfield, perhaps through elaborate...

5/1/2013

article Connecticut Casino Competition Coming Closer
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield officials have moved that city one step closer to opening a resort-destination casino that would directly compete with Connecticut’s...
article New gambling expansion plan moving in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Yet another gambling expansion plan is moving through the Illinois General Assembly. In action Wednesday, members of the Senate voted 32-20 to endorse...

4/30/2013

article Massachusetts city taps MGM, endorses casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International was selected by the leadership of Springfield, Mass., Tuesday to represent the state’s third-largest city in the race...
article MGM Resorts Advances in Contest to Build Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International (MGM) cleared a hurdle in efforts to build an $800 million casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, gaining the backing of the...
article MGM Secures Springfield Casino Backing [sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, has chosen to exclusively back MGM Resorts’ bid for an $800m downtown casino project, shunning a rival...
article Springfield backs $1B MGM plan
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield stands to haul in $25 million a year under a proposed deal struck with MGM yesterday as the city chose to go all in on the Las Vegas firm...
article Springfield Mayor Approves MGM Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Springfield has picked its date to the dance. On Tuesday, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced that Springfield would sign an agreement with...
article Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno after MGM Resorts casino announcement: 'We all need to rally as one now'
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno spoke to CBS 3 Springfield in a one on one interview about the MGM International community host agreement put forward...
article Springfield Mayor Sarno chooses MGM Resorts International as city’s casino candidate
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will announce today he has chosen the $800 million casino plan offered by MGM Resorts International as the city’s...
article Springfield mayor selects MGM for resort casino
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday chose MGM Resorts International as the preferred developer for a resort casino in the state's third-...
article Springfield's South End welcomes MGM Resorts International decision
(Massachusetts) -- Rita Caputo-Capua, manager and an owner at South End mainstay Red Rose Pizzeria, isn't afraid of traffic disruption or even competition for hungry...
article Peter Picknelly says process was "win-win" for city, despite selection of MGM
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming had wanted to build a casino in Springfield's North End, but now that is not an option, and those backing the proposal will...

4/29/2013

article Springfield picks MGM
(Massachusetts) -- The 22News I-Team has confirmed that Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno will announce Tuesday morning that the city will move forward with MGM...
article Springfield set to announce casino host community agreement(s)
(Massachusetts) -- The office of Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Monday night that Sarno will announce one, or two, casino community host agreement(s) on Tuesday at 11 a.m...

4/25/2013

article Springfield Mayor: No casino vote on June 25
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Springfield will not hold a casino referendum on the same day that Massachusetts voters go to the polls to elect a new U.S. senator, Mayor...

4/23/2013

article Springfield Mayor: No casino vote on June 25
(Massachusetts) -- There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25, the day Massachusetts voters will be heading to the polls to elect a new U.S. senator.

4/21/2013

article Pancakes, Diapers as Casino Operators Vie in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International (MGM) President Bill Hornbuckle flashed a grin as he briefed leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts, on his latest gesture,...

4/13/2013

article Democrats and Republicans team up to hold casino information session in Longmeadow
(Massachusetts) -- Democrats and Republicans are uniting in Longmeadow to learn more about plans for a Springfield casino. The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee and...
article I-Team: Casino negotiations ongoing
(Massachusetts) -- If Springfield wants to hold a city-wide casino vote on the day on the U.S. Senate Special Election in June, it needs to hurry up and make a decision.

4/9/2013

article MGM pushing hard in Springfield public campaign
(Massachusetts) -- Corporate bigwigs from MGM are pitching their casino project relentlessly, in television commercials, in newspaper ads, and on the Internet.

4/7/2013

article Editorial: ... and nice try, Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Any community that hosts a casino in Massachusetts will be the beneficiary of big casino money. The host community gets a direct cut (for “...

4/4/2013

article Anti-casino group wants health study on casino impact
(Massachusetts) -- The Springfield-based group Citizens Against Casino Gaming wants the city to conduct a study about the health impact of a casino.

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