Revere Hosts a Forum on the Regional Economic Impacts of a Resort Casino
March 14, 2014
North of Boston region Mayors, Managers, and business leaders discuss the impacts of a Mohegan Sun resort style casino at Suffolk Downs
Revere City Hall- Today the City of Revere hosted north of Boston Mayors, Managers, along with business leaders and other experts, to discuss the impacts of a proposed resort style casino at Suffolk Downs planned by the Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority. Three panels explored: Business to Business Opportunities; Travel and Tourism Linkage; and the Implications for Transportation. The forum gave stakeholders from across the region the ability to discuss the economic impacts that a resort casino in Revere will bring to the region.
“We firmly believe that the Revere proposal has tremendous benefits for the entire region surrounding our community. The purpose of the forum today was to bring together leaders from across the region to discuss some of the ways we can work together to make this project beneficial for the area. Since the beginning the City of Revere, and my Administration, has worked to engage residents, business leaders, and regional municipal officials in the process in order to ensure everyone has a voice towards creating a destination casino resort in Revere,” stated Mayor Rizzo.
The first panel of the morning discussed Business to Business Connections and Opportunities which was moderated by Gary Barrett, Executive Director of the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development. Other panelists during the first discussion included Paul Supernant, Director of Corporate Purchasing with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy of Lynn, Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Mayor Robert Dolan of Melrose, and James McKenna, Town Manager of Winthrop.
The following panel discussed Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality and was moderated by Daniel Donahue, Regional Vice President of the Saunders Hotel Group. Members of the panel included Rinus Oosteheok, President of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Tony Sheridan, President and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Gary Luderitz, Vice President of Operations for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, and Paul Rupp of Community Reinvestment Associates.
The final panel of the day discussed Implications for Regional Transportations Networks and was moderated by Senator Thomas McGee, Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. Other panel members included John Kennedy of Vanasse, Hangen, Bruslin Inc., City Manager Jay Ash of Chelsea, and Jeffrey Mullan from Holey Hoag.
“It is important for the region to come together in one voice to say that investments in our transportation infrastructure are key to the economic vitality of the North Shore… “ stated Senator Tom McGee, Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the State Senate.
If you would like to learn more about the forum the City of Revere recently held please visit www.revere.org or call the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111.