Chamber Hosts Neil Bluhm to Discuss Casino Future

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The application process continues for Brockton to receive the available state gaming license required to move forward with plans for developing a resort casino and entertainment destination on the site of the Brockton Fairgrounds. Since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs announced it would grant the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe the 155 acres in Taunton needed to build a $500 million Indian casino, the question of Brockton receiving the gaming license has grown stronger.
However, gaming commissioners agreed to continue Brockton’s application process regardless of the casino prospect in Taunton, and opened a two-week period for residents and business owners to submit feedback.
Although the commission received hundreds of letters and emails both in support and against a Brockton resort casino, many business owners and Chamber members in Brockton and the Metro South region wrote to the Mass Gaming Commission in support of the project.
Peter Neville, president of Concord Foods and Chamber Board member wrote, “As the largest manufacturer in Brockton, I know firsthand how a vibrant and fiscally healthy city directly benefits business. A resort casino in Brockton will bring important revenue into the city and help revitalize the region.”
Member Brian DeLano, co-owner of Weiss Sheet Metal in Avon said, “This not only benefits the city’s coffers, but also local businesses that will get a huge boost with an increase in tourism and economic development.”
During this time, Neil Bluhm, chairman of developer Rush Street Gaming, came to the Metro South Chamber of Commerce to meet with key individuals in the City of Brockton and the resort casino project to discuss the future of the casino.

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