SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton will be getting some money, in an effort to get visitors to MGM Springfield to visit their city.
The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday morning to grant the city’s request for casino mitigation funds, during their weekly meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Northampton will receive $100,000 to support a committee of local business owners, which would hire a firm to create a marketing and advertising plan to attract casino visitors.
The request comes years after Northampton conducted an economic and fiscal impact study that concluded the city could lose up to $8 million per year after MGM opens. Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News that he wants to ensure his city is in a position to promote the dining, entertainment, and arts culture available just miles away from Springfield.
Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have also discussed updates to MGM Springfield’s casino project. Plans include converting the former First Spiritualist Church building (which had been located on Bliss Street but was moved to Union Street) into a Kringle Candle retail store. The casino will also be partnering with the Springfield Museums to bring-in some artifacts from city history into the resort.
22News reporter Kait Walsh was at Thursday’s meeting, and will have details tonight on 22News at 6:00.