HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's casino agreement with MGM was a major topic of conversation during a 'Mayors' Forum' Wednesday morning in Holyoke.
Three Pioneer Valley mayors led a discussion at the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield 's monthly event at the Delaney House.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik spoke about the importance of working together with neighboring city leaders to support the success of their own communities. They talked about their responsibility to make their cities safe, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Boston. They also talked about the impact of a potential casino in western Massachusetts.
Chamber President Jeffrey Ciuffreda spoke with 22News about the very recent MGM agreement, and the opportunity it presents for businesses.
"They've committed to working with small businesses through the chamber to see how many of our members might be able to provide those goods and services. It's got a huge ripple effect
Wednesday's event highlighted some of the 'firsts' achieved by the three mayors: Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik is the first and only person to hold the position of mayor in Easthampton. He is in his last term after being elected back in 1997.
Mayor Alex Morse is Holyoke's youngest mayor, as well as the first openly gay mayor, and also speaks fluent Spanish.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is the city's first to serve a four-year term.