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Casino Commission To Hold Forum In Western Massachusetts

The  Massachusetts Gaming Commission  is holding a forum in western Massachusetts Wednesday on some of the issues pertaining to casino development..WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.    


   The five member commission  and panels of experts will discuss workforce development, tourism, and  support for communities that become hosts to casinos..The forum is being held on the campus  of Western New England University in Springfield.   Competition for the lone casino license the commission can issue in the western part of the state is heating up, with several companies interested in Springfield. It’s not surprising, according to casino industry expert, Clyde Barrow of UMass Dartmouth

   A site in Palmer has long been considerd for a casino development by Mohegan Sun of Connecticut..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.