|Casino, MGM's Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS (Charles Punzo/Beau Rivage)|
Murren, who grew up in Connecticut, expressed his desire to work closely with the people of Brimfield. "The remote nature of this property, along with its proximity to the Mass Pike, is exactly what we had in mind."
MGM's working name for the development is Rolling Hills Resort. It would be developed on a wooded parcel adjacent to and just north of the Mass Pike. The initial plans include building a new off-ramp from the Pike into the resort.
Murren estimated the resort development would create some 3,000 permanent direct jobs as well as several thousand indirect jobs; along with several thousand construction-related jobs. Murren and other members of the MGM Executive Team were in Brimfield this week to meet with town officials, residents and other community leaders.
The developers declare that they are committed to continuing dialog with local residents throughout the development process. "In the communities where we locate we get to know our neighbors well," said Murren. "We listen to what they have to say, to their ideas and thoughts. And then we create high-quality world-class destination resorts that offer quality jobs and make the community and our company proud."
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the State Legislature's Conference Committee report on expanded gaming in Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The passage of the bill, which automatically became law with the Governor's signature, kicked off the most highly anticipated public bidding process in the Commonwealth's history. Interested developers will compete for three licenses, one in the Greater Boston area, another in Southeastern Massachusetts and a third in Western Massachusetts. The Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer will appoint a 5-person Gaming Commission that will oversee the lengthy process and award the licenses.