Northampton will receive $100,000 in casino mitigation money

A 2013 study found Northampton could lose up to $8 million a year after the casino opens

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – On Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved Northampton’s application for money to help the city create a marketing strategy to attract casino visitors.

The money will fund an advisory board that will create a marketing plan to attract MGM Springfield casino visitors.

With MGM Springfield expected to open next September, the city plans to hit the ground running.

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“We want to make sure they know about Northampton as one of the many regional destinations,” Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News.

A 2013 fiscal impact study determined that the city could lose up to $8 million a year after the casino opens.

Narkewicz said Northampton will be working closely with the gaming commission to determine how and when the money will be spent.