Just two days after hundreds got to hear from the two casino operators interested in coming to Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno told CBS 3 that he will be reaching out to mayors who have casino developments across the country to see how MGM and Penn National Gaming are living up to their promises.
"I'll be speaking with those mayors shortly," said Sarno. "The major thing there is that I'm going to ask the mayors straight on, he or she, did MGM or Penn keep to their promises and that is very, very important."
Each of the two companies have some big ideas, from revitalizing the north or south end, to helping improve public safety to working to attract tourism and boost the local economy. And, as the city's process nears its final stages Sarno says reaching out to other mayors is just one more step to ensure that the city is putting its best foot forward to try and win the only casino slot available in Western Mass.
"We're trying to be very strategic in this, we're trying to be very professional in this and we're trying to be very thoughtful in this process," said Sarno.
In addition to Springfield, Mohegan Sun is proposing a casino for Palmer. But, Sarno says in his mind the City of Homes is the only way to go.
"There is only one site, only one site in Western Mass and that is Springfield," Sarno said.
Final RFP proposals are due to the city of Springfield from MGM and Penn National Gaming by Jan. 3.
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