Chamber of Commerce supports casino

Chamber of Commerce supports casino


BUSINESS COMMUNITY TONIGHT TO
BRING A CASINO TO THE CITY OF
SPRINGFIELD.
22NEWS REPORTER SHANNON HALLIGAN
EXPLAINS WHY THE GREATER
SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
DECIDED TO BACK A SPRINGFIELD
CASINO.
WITH SPRINGFIELD’S UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE OVER 11%, THE CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE SAYS THIS IS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO BRING IN NEW,
MUCH NEEDED JOBS. STILL, DESPITE
THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE CONCERNS
AND SO DO OTHERS.
ON BEHALF OF IT’S 550 MEMBERS,
THE GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE CAME OUT IN SUPPORT
OF A SPRINGFIELD CASINO MIONDAY
NIGHT. CHAMBER PRESIDENT JEFFREY
CIUFFREDA SAID THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS VOTED IN SEPTEMBER…
THE HOPE IS THAT A CASINO WILL
BRING JOBS.
1:29 THE FACT THAT THIS WILL
BRING 2500 JOBS ROUGHLY AND PAY
SOMEWHERE IN THE VACINITY OF 15
MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR WERE TWO
OF THE MAJOR BENEFITS AND THE
SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER JUST FELT
THAT WE COULDN’T SAY NO TO THAT
WE HAD TO ENCOURAGE IT BE BASED
HERE IN SPRINGFIELD.
12:29 HOWEVER, SOME OF THOSE WHO
ARE AGAINST CASINOS SAY THAT
RATHER THAN ADDING TO THE CITY
OF HOMES IT WILL JUST DEPRECIATE
THE VALUE OF THOSE HOMES.
9:22 PROPERTY VALUES, INCREASED
CRIME, INCREASED TRAFFIC, AND
WE’VE SPOKEN TO A LOT OF SMALL
BUSINESSES WHO ARE NOT HAPPY.
THEY THINK THEIR STORE FRONTS
ARE BASICALLY GOING TO
CLOSE UP. BUT CIUFFREDA NOTED
THE CHAMBER HAS CONCERNS AS
WELL. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE A
CASINO WOULD EMPLOY PEOPLE FROM
THE AREA. THE CHAMBER ALSO
WANTS THE COMPANY TO OFFER
INCENTIVES TO VISIT OTHER PLACES
IN SPRINGFIELD AND USE LOCAL
VENDORS. THEY SAID THEY’RE NOW
LOOKING TO OTHER CITIES THAT
HAVE RECENTLY ADDED A
CASINO…PLACES LIKE TOLEDO,
OHIO AND KANSAS CITY TO FIND OUT
WHAT’S WORKING AND NOT WORKING.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PLANS TO
OUTLINE THEIR CONCERNS TO THE
MAYOR IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.
THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR
ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE

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