Springfield's South End Citizens Council Endorses MGM Springfield
SPRINGFIELD (MA) January 30, 2013 — MGM Resorts International today announced that its MGM Springfield proposal has received the exclusive endorsement of Springfield's South End Citizen's Council.
Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts President and Chief Marketing Officer and MGM Springfield President, said, "We are extremely proud to have received the exclusive endorsement of the South End Citizen's Council, MGM believes in being a good corporate citizen, and this begins with working hard to earn the support and trust of those people who we hope to soon call our neighbors."
Leo A. Florian, President of the South End Citizens Council, added, "We have had an open and honest dialogue with MGM from day one. The South End Citizen's Council voted to exclusively endorse the MGM Springfield project because of the benefits the project would bring not only to our neighborhood but to the entire City of Springfield."
MGM officials have been meeting with South End residents and business owners for months to discuss the MGM Springfield proposal and answer questions. MGM hosted a neighborhood dinner prior to its August 2012 announcement detailing the uniquely urban and integrated Downtown Springfield resort casino proposal. The dinner was followed in November by a formal presentation to the South End Citizen's Council.
In addition to the South End, MGM Resorts executives and the MGM Springfield team have met with 11 other neighborhood councils across the city over the past several months. They plan to meet with the remaining councils in the weeks ahead. These neighborhood meetings/presentations have been a way to inform, educate and hear from different communities throughout the entire city to better understand their needs and their priorities.
"We would never come into a community and presume to know what's best for them," said Hornbuckle. "By investing this time in listening to residents, business owners and community leaders we believe we've put forward a project that is worthy of this city and its people."
Florian also said, "MGM has created a proposal that is respectful of our neighborhood's unique fabric and history, and also will bring 3,000 much-needed permanent jobs, revenue and vitality to this entire city. Their level of community engagement across this city has been unprecedented and it clearly shows in the amount of care and detail that has gone into this proposal."
The endorsement was made official prior to MGM Resorts submitting its detailed response to RFQ/P Phase II of the city's casino selection process. A copy of the endorsement letter was submitted earlier this month as part of MGM's response and was kept confidential until the city made the Phase ll responses public.
The South End of Springfield was the area hardest hit by the June 1, 2011 tornado that swept through the city. The MGM Springfield project would either restore or replace many of the buildings damaged in that storm. The 196-acre South End neighborhood is located immediately south of the Central Business District. It is bound by Union and Howard streets to the north; Mill Street, Mill River and Main Street to the south; Maple Street to the east; and the Connecticut River to the west.
MGM Springfield is proposed for about 10 acres of land between Union and State streets, and Columbus Avenue and Main Street. MGM is seeking the sole gaming license in Western Massachusetts. Since unveiling plans in August to develop MGM Springfield, a more than $800 million world-class residential, retail, dining and entertainment district, MGM Resorts continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the entire City of Springfield and its existing infrastructure.
About MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts' unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company's renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations.
For more information about the company please visit www.mgmresorts.com