New North Citizens Council Endorses MGM Springfield
SPRINGFIELD (MA) July 2, 2013 – MGM Resorts International today announced that its MGM Springfield proposal has received the exclusive endorsement of the New North Citizens Council, Inc. (NNCC). At a meeting held on Wednesday, June 26 the Board of Directors, of the NNCC unanimously voted to endorse the MGM Springfield proposal for the development of a resort casino in the South End of the City of Springfield.
The NNCC earlier today delivered a letter to Mayor Domenic Sarno informing him that the organization supported his choice for a casino developer. The City Council also received copies of the letter.
"MGM Springfield conducted their presentation, heard our concerns, and returned to participate in discussions with us that addressed employment; fair market rents; educational development opportunities; as well as social justice issues that will impact everyone in the City of Springfield," said Jose A. Gonzalez, Board President of NNCC. "We will focus on getting the word to the residents to come out on July 16th and vote yes for MGM Springfield."
Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts President and Chief Marketing Officer and MGM Springfield President said, "We are thrilled to have the endorsement of the New North Citizens Council. This well respected community organization has the best interest of the residents of Springfield in mind. We are honored that they believe in our project and will partner with us to bring out voters for a yes vote on July 16th."
MGM Springfield representatives have held more than 400 community meetings since their August 2012 announcement. These 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.
Founded in 1973, the NNCC provides advocacy, public and human services to Hampden County residents with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino community for the purpose of enhancing the preservation and support of the family resulting in the improvement of quality of life.
MGM Springfield is proposed for 14.5 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, an approximately $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