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Springfield Mayor Announces Casino Selection Process

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The mayor of  Springfield Massachusetts has announced a selection process for casino companies interested in building in the city. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   The process,  is expected to winnow the field of the multiple  casino companies who have shown interest in Springfield. But Mayor Domenic Sarno, in a reversal of earlier statements , said Monday that he might  negotiate a host community agreement with more than one operator.

  

   Under the selection process outlined by city officials, a voter referendum would take place in roughly 8 months.  City officials will first review the finances and experiences of the casino operators, and then spend at least two months reviewing site specific proposals, and what is being offered the city Projects that receive local approval can compete for a state casino license.  The state gaming commission is authorized to issue just one casino license in the four western counties.

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.