(WWLP) - We now have both MGM's and Hard Rock's host community agreements. If the voters give casinos the go-ahead, then these are a large portion of what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will ultimately base their decision on.
The 22News I-Team compared some of the bullet points of the projects in Springfield and West Springfield.
A casino host community agreement is a balancing act. You want to get the best deal for your city but it also needs to be the best deal in western Massachusetts.
Check out the video above to see the comparisons between the two host agreements.
Springfield signed their host agreement with MGM in April. Hard Rock completed theirs with West Springfield on Thursday. Let's compare.
Hard Rock is promising more than $40 million in upfront payments; MGM $15.1 million.
Though, Springfield would get more money every year, around $25 million, compared to West Springfield's $18 million.
Hard Rock is instead allotting $8 million a year to surrounding communities, MGM has promised around $500,000 for neighboring cities and towns.
The job promises are basically the same; 2000 construction jobs and 3000 permanent jobs.
MGM is clearer in its hiring practices; 35% of its employees will be from Springfield and 90% from the entire region. Hard Rock plan says that West Springfield resident will be given 1st preference for jobs and people from Hampden County will be given secondary preference.
Mohegan Sun and Palmer are still working on their host agreement. We expect that to be complete sometime this month.