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MGM Begins Campaign for WMass Region Following Referendum Vote


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — With the Springfield referendum vote behind them, MGM is now beginning the process of building support across the area.

Tuesday, voters in Springfield approved a binding referendum question, expressing their support for a proposed $800 million casino project in the city’s South End.

Fresh off the vote, officials with MGM began calling leaders in several communities around Springfield first thing Wednesday morning to share the news.

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement, “We are eager to continue this and connect personally with surrounding community leaders who will play an important role in the selection process. We have taken a comprehensive approach to the design and overall development of this project. And have always had regional partnerships and opportunities in mind.”

MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren added in an address Tuesday night before supporters, “When Downtown Springfield comes to life, Western Massachusetts will see a renaissancea, and it all begins here tonight.”

MGM is competing with two other proposed projects – Hard Rock in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun Mass. in Palmer – for the sole western Mass. casino license, which will be award by the state’s gaming commission next year.

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