The state gaming law called for the creation of a five member public body, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”), to oversee and regulate the implementation and licensing process.
The mission of the MGC is “to create a fair, transparent, and participatory process for implementing the expanded gaming law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in November, 2011. In creating that process, the Commission will strive to ensure that its decision-making and regulatory systems engender the confidence of the public and participants, and that they provide the greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of the Commonwealth, reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially negative or unintended consequences of the new legislation, and allow an appropriate return on investment for gaming providers that assures the operation of casino-resorts of the highest quality.”
Mission and Values
In the spirit of its mission, MGC has established a Speakers Bureau to provide organizations with a direct and face-to-face opportunity to learn more about the Commission and the state’s new gaming industry. A designated speaker from the Commission welcomes the opportunity to share with interested organizations information and updates related to matters of expanded gaming including the licensing process, the increased economic and job opportunities, community mitigation issues and the overall mission of MGC.
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Suffolk Downs and Caesars have filed an application with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to build a resort casino at the site of the existing Suffolk Downs race track, which has been in operation for over 77 years. The address of this development is 525 McClellen Highway, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128.
The Suffolk Downs property line spans into the City of Revere. As such, the City of Revere is also a host community, and will reach its own Host Community Agreement.
The City is dedicated to ensuring that small and local businesses prosper. The gaming law requires that applicants develop detailed plans promoting local businesses in host and surrounding communities, including developing cross-marketing strategies with local restaurants, small businesses, hotels, retail outlets and impacted live entertainment venues. Beyond the requirements set forth in the legislation, through the Host Community Agreement process, the City is working to ensure the developer contracts with local vendors and suppliers as much as possible. For example, the developer has indicated that it will spend approximately $150 million annually for goods and services at local and regional businesses in connection with the casino’s ongoing operational needs.
In addition to direct supplier opportunities with the casino, the City plans to include in the Host Community Agreement support for small and local business in a variety of ways, such as through new training and technical assistance programs, capacity expansion, expansion of business loan programs, and grants to improve storefronts business districts.