MGM Clears Another Hurdle
The voters of Springfield — at least the ones who went to the polls — spoke loudly on July 16 when they said ‘yes’ to the host-community agreement forged between the city and MGM Resorts International. They acknowledged BusinessWest’s contention that, while a casino does not represent a panacea for this city, it represents the best hope to create jobs and spur further economic development. The MGM agreement was approved by 58% of the voters, and the $800 million proposal for the city’s South End now moves on to consideration from the Mass. Gaming Commission, which will eventually award one casino license for the Western Mass. region. Other proposals in Palmer and West Springfield await voter approval.