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Springfield Residents See Bright Future With Casino Opening, Poll Finds


A new poll finds residents of Springfield, Massachusetts are bullish about the city’s economy.

The optimism identified in the survey by Western New England University is linked to the upcoming opening of the MGM resort casino.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Western New England University Polling Institute Director Tim Vercellotti.

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.
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