What you need to know

  • The Expanded Gaming Act, M.G.L. c. 23K, § 18(9),  requires the establishment of the necessary training programs that promote the development of a skilled and diverse workforce.
  • Casino developers are required to set diversity hiring goals and submit strategic plans on the development of a diverse workforce that provides employment opportunities for the unemployed.
  • Casino developers are required to set diversity contracting goals and submit strategy plans for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses to participate as contractors in all stages of building their gaming establishments (design, construction, and operation).
  • Casinos are required to regularly provide to the Commission detailed, statistical reports on the diversity of their workforce and vendor contracting.

About Diversity

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission maintains a commitment to DIVERSITY in its core values. We value a diverse workforce and supplier base and expect that our partners in the gaming industry will embrace these same values. MassGaming is working with licensees, their contractors, vendors, and community leaders to ensure that the state’s new expanded gaming industry is inclusive and provides opportunities that reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth.

As part of the casino application process, all gaming applicants are required to set diversity hiring goals and submit strategic plans for the inclusion of minority, women and veterans in the workforce. Applicants were also required to formulate their own specific diversity goals related to minority, women and veteran owned businesses to participate as contractors in all stages of building their gaming establishments (design, construction, and operation) (M.G.L. c. 23K, § 15(15)).

MGM Springfield Diversity Plans
Plainridge Park Casino Diversity Plans
Wynn Boston Harbor Diversity Plan

MassGaming has established processes and systems to ensure diversity during construction and operations. Our regulations require the regular reporting of the diversity goals during construction related to supplier and workforce diversity. The Commission has procured and engaged two construction monitor companies to oversee the construction workforce and supplier diversity as well as other commitments the licensee has made.

This process has resulted in strong diversity numbers for the Category 2 Slot Licensee Penn National Gaming and their contractor Turner Construction.  The Licensee authorized the contractor Turner Construction to award a total of $97.5 million in contracts. The contractor reported that, as of June 30, 2015, $30.8 million (31.6%) of the contracts went to minority, women and veteran owned businesses. $9.4 Million (10%) of total contracts was awarded to MBE’s, $13 million (13%) of total contracts to WBE’s, and $8.4 million (9%) to VBE’s. The Category 2 Licensee surpassed their diversity goals which were 4% MBE, 7% WBE and 3% VBE.

See charts below:

2 - Plainridge Park Casino Construction Subcontractor Spending

Additionally, Penn National Gaming set similar goals for its construction workforce. This workforce consisted of approximately 300 workers with 17% being minority, 4% woman, and 7% veteran, surpassing both their purposed minority and veteran goals of 16% and 3%.

3 - Plainridge Park Casino Construction Workforce Diversity

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