1. Western Massachusetts residents not surprised on gaming commission's MGM vote, still hold mixed feelings about Springfield casino project

    Western Massachusetts residents not surprised on gaming commission's MGM vote, still hold mixed feelings about Springfield casino project

    "MGM is a world-class company and they are a perfect fit for this neighborhood. I grew up here in the South End so there are a lot of heart strings for me in this neighborhood," Bertelli said. "The (June 2011) tornado was seen as the final nail in the coffin for the neighborhood, and I think MGM is the chance of hope."

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    1. I'm not necessarily against having a casino here but my guess is that it isn't going to solve the problems that the city is looking for it to solve. My concern is that it will only provide low-level employment opportunities and that they will import people for the higher-level jobs.
    2. Springfield is the next best bet as this casino project could be a catalyst for all of Western Massachusetts.
    3. MGM is a world-class company and they are a perfect fit for this neighborhood. I grew up here in the South End so there are a lot of heart strings for me in this neighborhood.
    4. When the Caring Health Center's new office was under construction across the street, we had a huge boost in business from all the construction workers.
    5. At a casino, you have a different clientele, especially when it comes to retail and dining.
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