The City is pleased to announce that it has issued its Phase I - Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals for a proposed destination casino resort development to be located in the City. Through this RFQ/RFP process the City seeks to pre-qualify enterprises desirous of participating in the City’s Phase II process, the purpose of which will be to select one or more enterprises with whom the City will negotiate a host community agreement for the development, construction and operation of a destination casino resort project. Upon the successful conclusion of those negotiations, targeted for the end of April 2013, the final host community agreement or agreements will be submitted to the City Council for approval and then to the City’s voters. Once approved in this manner, the host community agreement must be provided to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission by any applicant for a gaming license. The RFQ/RFP can be downloaded from the City’s webpage located at www.springfield-ma.gov/casino.
“We are excited to formally launch the casino selection process,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. “We look forward to a robust competition which will determine the company or companies with whom we will enter into a host community agreement,” the Mayor continued. “This is an important first step that we anticipate will result in the largest economic development project in the City’s history bringing thousands of good paying jobs to our great City along with significant opportunities for our business community and sustainable economic benefits for our residents for many years to come.”
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy and City Solicitor Edward Pikula will take questions from the media today, Friday, September 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., in room 220 of Springfield City Hall regarding the release of the RFQ/RFP.