Surrounding towns get ready for MGM Springfield opening


Construction for MGM Springfield will soon be wrapping up.

As crews start to complete projects, executives look to hire new staff to operate the casino.

On Tuesday, the Career Center was packed with candidates looking to land a new gig.

"It’s a good opportunity and they’re looking for everybody," said Springfield resident Rafael Martinez. Local job seekers have been coming down to the Career Center to see if they might be a good fit for the MGM team.

"I’m just trying to get a job. I just got laid off from the last job I had. I’m a single father and I’m trying to provide for my son and me," Martinez added. Diversity initiatives have remained a strong focus throughout the project.

Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission were in Springfield Tuesday for a progress report. "The gaming law was an economic development bill, but throughout the law there were references to diversity and inclusion," said Jill Lacey-Griffin with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Western Mass News found the MGM construction union workforce is made up of more than 8 percent women, about 21 percent minorities, and nearly 9 percent veterans. "We’ve exceeded our targeted goals that we agreed upon with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission," said Chelan Brown. Trade experts said the more than 200 apprenticeships from the local building council were a stepping stone for many budding careers.

"A lot of women who probably didn’t even know we existed are now currently working as plumbers and electricians and sheet metal workers, etc.," said Michael Langoni with the Pioneer Valley Building Trades Council. As the job comes to an end, MGM Springfield wants to ensure employees are supported in finding future work.

If you think a career at MGM is right for you, the Career Center will open again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the Career Center, please visit the link here.

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