SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Wherever the western Massachusetts casino eventually ends up, local businesses will have a chance to cash in. 22News discovered how that message will be delivered.
Through workshops and vendor fairs, on Monday we saw how one of these casinos could have a far-reaching regional impact.
A Chamber of Commerce is a business network. Chambers from all four western Massachusetts counties were networking with MGM in Springfield. MGM discussed how they can incorporate local businesses from the region into their casino project.
"We've got large contracts certainly and we have small contracts. It's an opportunity for some of the small businesses to take advantage of it," said MGM Vice President of Global Gaming Development Michael Mathis.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is looking for a casino project that will work for an entire region. The President of the Economic Development Council of western Massachusetts, Allan Blair, told 22News there will be an opportunity for businesses outside of Springfield.
"I do believe there is an opportunity for businesses that have the skills or the products wherever they're located in the four western counties to participate in the overall purchasing the casino will do," said Blair.
Blair said some of those businesses may have to produce more and faster than they're used to. MGM reps told 22News businesses will have to meet some requirements set by both the Gaming Commission and their own standards.
"We'll be setting up workshops and vendor fairs providing forms so that you get into our system, make sure you have the right insurance requirements, make sure you have a good three year history," said Mathis.
Blair told 22News he expects to have similar meetings with representatives from Hard Rock and Mohegan Sun once they sign a host community agreement.