2019 Publication Archive

MGM Springfield Construction: Spending, Employment, and Economic Impacts, September 26, 2019

Researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute, as part of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research study at UMass Amherst, have released findings on the economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield. Specifically, these findings detail: 1) where the construction dollars were spent (regionally and statewide), 2) where the construction workers resided and whether it was a diverse workforce, and 3) what were the total statewide economic impacts of constructing MGM Springfield. The findings were released today after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission open meeting in Springfield.

Rod Motamedi, senior research manager at the UMass Donahue Institute and lead author of the report, comments on the importance of this research:

“A construction project of this scale tends to result in most attention focusing on the construction site itself. Our goal is to show how activity that seems contained to one place actually spreads throughout the Commonwealth and impacts businesses, workers, and communities not only where the construction is happening but in other regions. Overall, we found that every county in the Commonwealth saw some economic benefit from the construction of MGM Springfield. The economic benefits did ultimately tend to grow with proximity to Springfield.”

Acces the report below.

Read the executive summary. 

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