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Gaming Commission considering Northampton’s request for casino funds

Gaming Commission considering Northampton’s request for casino funds


YIELD TO AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE. KAIT: TODAY, THE STATE GAMING COMMISSION WILL BE MEETING IN SPRINGFIELD WITH SOME IMPORTANT ITEMS ON THE AGENDA… RICH: 22NEWS REPORTER CIARA SPELLER IS LIVE AT THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CONSTRUCTION SITE WITH JUST WHAT THEY’LL BE VOTING ON AND DISCUSSING…. CIARA: THE COMISSION WILL BE GETTING AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF MGM SPRINGFIELD TODAY… BUT WILL ALSO HOLD A VOTE THAT COULD MEAN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR NORTHAMPTON. THE CITY HAS APPLIED FOR CASINO MITIGATION FUNDS WHICH THE COMMISSION WILL VOTE ON FIRST AT THE PUBLIC MEETING. IF THE FUND IS APPROVED, NORTHAMPTON WOULD RECEIVE 100- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SUPPORT A COMMITTEE OF LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS. THIS COMMITTEE WOULD HIRE FIRM WHICH WOULD CREATE A MARKETING AND ADVERTISING PLAN TO ATTRACT CASION VISITORS. THIS COMES YEARS AFTER NORTHAMPTON CONDUCTED AN ECONOMIC AND FISCAL IMPACT STUDY IN 2013… WHICH CONCLUDED THE CITY COULD LOSE UP TO 8 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AFTER THE CASINO OPENS IN SPRINGFIELD. MAYOR DAVID NARKEWITZ TOLD 22NEWS THAT HE WANTS TO ENSURE THAT THE CITY IS IN A POSITION TO PROMOTE THE DINING, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS CULTURE AVAILABLE JUST MILES AWAY FROM SPRINGFIELD. MEMBERS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE STATUS OF MGM SPRINGFIELD THIS MEETING. THE MEETING BEGINS AT 9:30 THIS MORNING AT THE MASS MUTUAL CENTER AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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