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Veteran-Owned Companies Sought To Work On Casino Project

MGM Springfield

        MGM  is working to meet affirmative action goals as it prepares to build a casino in downtown Springfield.

MGM announced it had scheduled interviews Thursday with veteran-owned companies for design work, engineering and construction. 

Hunter Clayton, MGM vice president for development, said agreements with the city and state require 15 percent of the 2,000 construction jobs go to minorities, 7 percent to women and 8 percent to veterans.

"Our real focus is to engage local contracting communities in the project areas we are developing," he said earlier this year.

  The timetable for the $800 million project is still in flux.  MGM  wants to delay opening the casino until 2018 because of construction on Interstate 91.

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