What you need to know

  • The Expanded Gaming Act created the Community Mitigation Fund to help entities offset costs related to the construction and operation of a gaming establishment.
  • Past awards are listed below.
  • Details about the 2021 Community Mitigation Fund can be found here.

2021 Awards

GRANTS AWARDED 2021 TYPE OF APPLICATION AWARD DESCRIPTION
City of Everett – Lighting Specific $30,000 This grant will fund the installation of lighting controls, along with surveillance on Lower Broadway and surrounding areas.
City of Everett – Fire Department Specific $157,000 This grant will provide funding for EMT training and equipment costs.
City of Everett – Police Department Specific $70,000 This grant will provide funding for additional late-night patrols and additional equipment.
Town of Foxborough Specific $81,000 This grant will allow for specialized training for personnel in a variety of areas and equipment to enhance capabilities.
Hampden County DA Specific $75,000 This grant will continue funding for mitigating the impact of the casino and casino-related matters on the District Attorney’s Office.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. Specific $400,000 This grant will continue funding for lease assistance for the Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center, which was relocated due to its placement within the physical footprint of MGM Springfield.
Town of Plainville Specific $95,500 This grant will allow for the purchase of a transport van, along with an informational data collection sign board and enclosed traffic trailer, to house and transport traffic mitigation equipment.
City of Springfield – Police Specific $22,500 This grant will provide funding for equipment and the installation of improved technology in support of ongoing Metro Unit/MGM policing strategies.
City of Springfield – Fire Specific $22,000 This grant will provide funding for defibrillators for the apparatus that responds to the area of MGM Springfield.
City of Springfield – Blueprint Specific $400,000 This grant will fund advancements to the implementation of the strategic opportunities identified in the Springfield Blueprint Plan.
Town of West Springfield – EMS Specific $200,000 This grant will provide funding for additional Police and Fire/EMS personnel to address the increased demand for municipal services resulting from the opening of MGM Springfield.
City of Boston Transportation Planning $200,000 This grant will provide continued funding for the design of long-term improvements to Sullivan Square/Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown.
City of Chicopee Transportation Planning $200,000 This grant will allow for streetscape improvements to Chicopee Center. These will provide MGM Springfield employees and patrons safer and more equitable access to the casino.
City of Everett – Mystic Boardwalk Transportation Planning $200,000 This grant will be used to complete a missing section of the Mystic Riverwalk between Mystic View Park and Route 16.
City of Malden Transportation Planning $200,000 This grant will provide funding for transportation design services for the Broadway corridor from Everett to Melrose, and to prepare bid-ready documents for a portion of the corridor closer to Everett.
City of Boston – Lost Village Transportation Construction $239,000 This grant will provide funding for geometric changes to the intersection of Brighton and Cambridge Streets in Charlestown. This will create safer crossings and a better line of sight for turning vehicles, as well as a fiber connection from Sullivan Square to Parker Street.
City of Everett – Northern Strand Transportation Construction $135,000 This grant will provide funding for the addition of lighting on the Northern Strand Community Trail.
City of Revere and Town of Saugus Transportation Construction $800,000 This joint grant will be used for limited improvements to the Route 1 North right-of-way from the proposed exit-entrance ramps to the Overlook Ridge development to Route 99.
City of Springfield – Dwight St. Transportation Construction $200,000 This grant will help revitalize Dwight St. and Hampden St., including roadway resurfacing, sidewalk and median improvements, bicycle accommodations, guardrails, and safety upgrades.
Holyoke Community College (HCC) Workforce Development $400,000 This grant will provide funding for the enhancement of the collaborative effort of HCC, Springfield Technical Community College, and Springfield Public Schools. This will provide adult education, work readiness, and occupational skills training to connect the un/underemployed to opportunities in the region.
Masshire MetroNorth Workforce Board Workforce Development $400,000 This grant is a regional project aimed at addressing the workforce needs of the hospitality sector impacted by Encore Boston Harbor. A consortium of partners will provide career and employment services, ESOL, and digital literacy trainings target at hospitality industry workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.
City of Chelsea and City of Revere Community Planning $97,500 This grant will be used to develop tailored curricula for Contextualized ESOL Programs & Adult Digital Literacy classes. Curricula will be geared towards industries at the casino’s nexus, complimented by adult digital literacy programs for non-English speakers.
City of Lynn Community Planning $100,000 This grant will provide funding for a marketing campaign designed to mitigate the adverse effects on Lynn, its businesses, and the newly instituted cultural district as a result of Encore Boston Harbor’s operations.
City of Malden – Broadway Zoning Community Planning $50,000 This grant will be used to complete a zoning and land use review of the Broadway corridor to help remove barriers to development and allow it to attract specific industry clusters.
City of Northampton Community Planning $75,000 This grant will provide continued funding for the northampton.live marketing program for FY22.

2020 Awards

GRANTS AWARDED 2020 TYPE OF APPLICATION AWARD DESCRIPTION
City of Chelsea-Beacham/Williams Streets Specific $500,000 This grant will fund a portion of the comprehensive reconstruction of Beacham and Williams Streets, from Spruce Street to the City’s boundary with Everett.  This project consists of roadway and utility reconstruction, intersection upgrades, and the installation of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
City of Everett – Fire Department Specific $200,000 This grant will provide funding to supplement the additional personnel and operational costs incurred as a result of Encore Boston Harbor’s operations.
City of Everett – Police Department Specific $184,000 This grant will provide funding to supplement the additional personnel and operational costs incurred as a result of Encore Boston Harbor’s operations.
Town of Foxborough Specific $83,000 This funding will enable Foxborough to acquire a full-size pickup truck and assorted traffic safety equipment (cones/barrier/signs) and assist local communities via mutual aid.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. Specific $400,000 The grant will provide funding for lease assistance for the Western Massachusetts Recovery & Wellness Center for FY2021. The center moved after 29 years of operation at 26 Howard Street due to its placement within the physical footprint of MGM Springfield.
Hampden County DA Specific $75,000 The grant will provide funding for personnel to mitigate the increase in caseloads as a result of MGM Springfield’s opening.
City of Springfield – Blueprint Specific $250,000 Building on initial efforts from 2019, this project will focus on advancing the most critical and pressing catalytic economic development initiatives in downtown.
City of Springfield – City Stage Specific $300,000 This grant will provide funds to perform significant capital improvements and system upgrades to the City Stage Unit located in downtown Springfield.
City of Springfield – Police Specific $110,000 This grant will provide funding for specific equipment for the Springfield Police Department to address public safety needs relating to the opening of MGM Springfield.
City of Springfield – Revenue Recovery Specific $100,000 This grant will provide funding to conduct updated parking demand feasibility studies downtown, in furtherance of solutions that may reestablish sources of revenue for the Parking Authority, and more effectively locate shared, convenient and proximate parking in areas of high demand, while freeing up open land for critical redevelopment.
Town of West Springfield Police and Fire/EMS Specific $200,000 This grant will provide funding for additional Police and Fire/EMS personnel to address the increased demand for municipal services resulting from the opening of MGM Springfield.
City of Boston – Sullivan Square /Rutherford Avenue Transportation $200,000 This grant will provide funding for a portion of the design cost of improvement to Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue. The City of Boston noted that approximately 70% of the traffic generated by Encore Boston Harbor has been projected to go through Sullivan Square.
City of Lynn – Western Avenue Transportation $100,000 This grant will provide funding for a traffic analysis, functional design report and conceptual design development for the Route 107 corridor.
City of Malden – Transit Action Plan Transportation $150,000 This grant will be used to develop a Transit Action Plan for the City of Malden.
City of Boston – Lost Village Transportation Construction Project $295,000 This grant will be used to create safer crossings and better line of sight for turning vehicles, as well as a fiber connection from Sullivan Square to the Park Street intersection.
City of Chelsea – Beacham/Williams Streets Transportation Construction Project $1,000,000 This grant will fund a portion of the comprehensive reconstruction of Beacham and Williams Streets, from Spruce Street to the City’s boundary with Everett.  This project consists of roadway and utility reconstruction, intersection upgrades, and the installation of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
City of Everett -Northern Strand Transportation Construction Project $375,000 This grant will partially fund an extension of the Northern Strand Community Trail to the Mystic River.
City of Medford – Wellington Greenway Transportation Construction Project $530,000 This grant will construct the last phase of the Wellington Greenway, a 0.3-mile path that will connect local residents/employees to the Encore Resort via waterfront paths along the Mystic and Malden Rivers.
Town of West Springfield – Park Avenue/Park Street Complete Streets Improvements Transportation Construction Project $1,000,000 This grant will provide funding to enable Complete Street Transportation Improvements to the Park Avenue and Park Street (Route 20) corridors from the Elm Street/Union Street intersection to the North End Rotary.
Holyoke Community College Workforce Development $199,000 This grant will provide funding for a workforce development system, which provides Adult Education, work readiness, and occupational skills training to connect the un/underemployed to opportunities.
Masshire MetroNorth Workforce Board Workforce Development $172,000 This grant is a regional project aimed at addressing the workforce needs of the hospitality sector impacted by Encore Boston Harbor.  A consortium of partners will provide career and employment services, ESOL and occupational skills training to prepare local residents for high quality hospitality careers.
City of Everett – Designated Port Area Non-Transportation Planning $100,000 This grant will fund a planning initiative to look at the large industrial district that straddles the Everett/Chelsea line in order to understand the impact of the district on the local and regional economy, especially as it relates to the abutting Entertainment District.
City of Medford Non-Transportation Planning $100,000 This grant will enable Medford to contract consultant services to create and launch a program to assist businesses to access funds and benefits designated through the Surrounding Community Agreement for the benefit of Medford businesses.
City of Northampton Non-Transportation Planning $50,000 This grant will provide funding to continue the “northampton.live” marketing web platform which is the City’s first marketing program.
Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development (SPREDD) Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance $200,000* The grant will provide funding for requests for studies to assist communities in geographic proximity to the potential Tribal Gaming facility in Taunton with regard to traffic capacity and operational impacts, should the construction of the Tribal Gaming facility move forward.  This continuation of a prior year grant would require a separate Commission vote to proceed depending on the status of the proposed Tribal facility.

*These funds carried over from the 2019 Community Mitigation Fund awards and do not count towards the 2020 total

2019 Awards

GRANTS AWARDED 2019 TYPE OF APPLICATION AWARD DESCRIPTION
City of Everett Specific $182,088.90 The grant will provide funding for the Everett Police Department to pay the salaries of officers that were trained at Northern Essex Community College.  These new officers will replace officers transferred to the Gaming Enforcement Unit.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. Specific $400,000.00 The grant will provide funding for lease assistance for the Western Massachusetts Recovery & Wellness Center for FY2020. The center had to relocate after 29 years of operation at 26 Howard Street due to its placement within the physical footprint of MGM Springfield.
Hampden County District Attorney Specific $100,000.00 The grant will provide funding for personnel to mitigate the increase in caseloads as a result of MGM Springfield’s opening.
City of Springfield – Police Specific $228,457.68 The grant will provide funding for specific equipment for the Springfield Police Department to address public safety needs relating to the opening of MGM Springfield. For example, Springfield requested funding for new radios that would enable the Springfield Police Department and the Gaming Enforcement Unit to more easily communicate with each other. Similarly, the City asked for equipment to assist with traffic and crowd control, such as cones, message boards, Invarion Rapid Plan traffic software licenses, etc.
City of Boston Transportation $200,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a portion of the design cost to improve Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue.  Boston noted that approximately 70% of the traffic generated by Encore Boston Harbor has been projected to go through Sullivan Square.
City of Lynn Transportation $200,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a traffic analysis, functional design report and conceptual design development for the Route 107 corridor. Route 107 connects Revere, Everett and Boston to the south, along with Salem and Peabody to the north, with casino patrons and employees expected to use Route 107 to access the casino.
City of Medford Transportation $200,000.00 The grant will provide funding to design a multi-use boardwalk under the Route 28 bridge.  A completed boardwalk could provide Encore Boston Harbor employees and patrons safer access the casino’s shuttles from Station Landing to the facility without having to navigate Wellington Circle or cross Route 28 at grade on foot or by bicycle.
City of Everett / City of Somerville Transportation $425,000.00 The grant will provide funding to advance the planning and design of the MBTA Silver Line bus rapid transit service from Chelsea through Everett along the MBTA Commuter Rail right-of-way to Sullivan Square and then to Somerville. An extension of the Silver Line with a stop at Encore Boston Harbor would provide significant regional transportation benefits and could also significantly help reduce traffic related to Encore Boston Harbor.
City of Revere/Town of Saugus Transportation $425,000.00 The grant will provide funding to further advance the planning and design of improvements along the Route 1 project corridor. Environmental Impact Reports prepared for Encore Boston Harbor envisioned approximately 9% of the traffic would be using the Route 1 corridor to get to/from the casino.
City of Everett / City of Somerville Transit $400,000.00 The grant will provide funding to fully design a connection from Draw 7 Park in Somerville across the MBTA tracks to the Assembly Square Orange Line Station head house. The MBTA head house expansion is part of a broader effort to connect pedestrians and bicyclists to a regional pathway network and to provide a way over the Mystic River from Everett, opening new transportation options to thousands of people.
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Transit $25,000.00 The grant will provide funding to improve the utilization of the current Loop Service and to assist in the PVTA’s marketing and advertising efforts.
City of Boston Workforce Development $213,400.00 The grant will provide funding to support the next phase of the Greater Boston Casino Pipeline Initiative to create a pipeline of job seekers to resolve the backfill needs of local hospitality employers as talent migrates to Encore, as well as to help workers gain employment at Encore.
Holyoke Community College Workforce Development $300,000.00 The grant will provide funding for the continuation of the Work Ready program, which will enroll up to 200 individuals in the gaming school through scholarships, up to 70 individuals in certificate training, 180 in English literacy for the workplace, and 100 individuals in Adult Basic Education classes in order to get them into the pipeline for skills training and job placement.
Masshire MetroNorth Workforce Board Workforce Development $300,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a project whereby local residents are engaged and referred to services aimed at preparing them for career opportunities in the hospitality and gaming sector.
City of Chelsea / City of Everett Non-Transportation Planning $105,000.00 The grant will provide funding for the creation of a trilingual Enterprise Center at the Chelsea Campus of Bunker Hill Community College. The center will provide skills training and services to entrepreneurs, existing businesses, and workers, initially focusing on the hospitality sector. The initiative will create a pipeline of workers and businesses to support and provide services to the Encore Boston Harbor and its guests, and provide a skilled workforce to backfill open positions within the communities as workers are hired by the casino.
City of Chicopee / City of Springfield Non-Transportation Planning $50,000.00 The grant will provide funding to help implement potential projects outlined in “Reinvesting the Gaming Economic Development Fund” and “Implementation Blueprint, An Economic Development Strategy for the Renaissance of a Great American Downtown: Springfield, MA”, with an emphasis on downtown Springfield development and  a development program for the Westover Metropolitan Airport.
City of Northampton Non-Transportation Planning $29,000.00 The grant will provide funding for continued marketing activities building upon the activities already funded by the MGC, which include an evaluation of the marketing campaign performance from 2019 and planning for 2020, campaign planning activities and monitoring and measuring the response and feedback posted on the “Northampton Live” web site.
City of Revere Non-Transportation Planning $50,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a tourism video that will promote the City of Revere as a destination and also will feature Encore Boston Harbor as a nearby major attraction.
Town of Saugus Non-Transportation Planning $50,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a tourism video that will promote the Town of Saugus as a destination and also will feature Encore Boston Harbor as a nearby major attraction.
Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SPREDD) Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance $200,000.00 The grant will provide funding for requests for studies to assist communities in geographic proximity to the potential Tribal Gaming facility in Taunton with regard to traffic capacity and operational impacts, should the construction of the Tribal Gaming facility move forward.  This continuation of a prior year grant would require a separate Commission vote to proceed depending on the status of the proposed Tribal facility.
Town of Foxborough / Town of Plainville / Town of Wrentham Reserve $75,000.00 The grant will provide funding to hire a professional marketing consultant/firm to prepare a marketing, strategic and creative plan for the destination marketing of the Towns of Foxborough, Plainville, and Wrentham.  The towns envision the regional approach benefitting Plainridge Park Casino by attracting more tourists, business travelers and visitors to the region, along with establishing the area as a destination for overnight stays.

 

2018 Awards

GRANTEE TYPE AWARD DESCRIPTION
Town of Attleboro Reserve $100,000.00 Traffic study of and improvements (e.g. signal coordination) to a study area that consists of Route 123 from its intersections at Route 1, northerly along Route 1 to the North Attleborough corporate line.
City of Boston Transportation $200,000.00 Assistance with the design of the Sullivan Square/Rutherford Avenue Project.
Boston Private Industry Council Workforce Development $300,000.00 Funding for the Greater Boston Casino Pipe Line Initiative (GBCPI) including funding for English for Hospitality classes, “Community Supports” local outreach to jobseekers, Best Pre-apprentice program funding and Gaming School Scholarships.
City of Chelsea Transportation $200,000.00 100% Design / Engineering of Beacham / Williams Street Corridor
Cities of Everett/Somerville Joint Transportation $425,000.00 Design & permitting of station enhancements / a weather protected connecting structure (Connector) to provide enhanced access to the Assembly Square MBTA Station.   A completed Connector would work in tandem with a proposed bicycle and pedestrian bridge to provide connections from the Station to the Encore Boston Harbor facility, the City of Everett, and regional bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Hampden County District Attorney Specific $125,000.00 $100,000 for the hiring of an additional Assistant District Attorney to assist with potential increased caseloads that may result from the operation of the MGM Springfield facility, and $25,000 to develop a tracking system for casino related cases.    The grant provides flexibility to allow the DA’s office to pay for the portion of a victim witness advocate.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department – FY18 Specific $365,000.00 Lease assistance for the Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center for 2018 and 2019.   The Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center needed to move from its prior location within the footprint of the MGM Springfield facility.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department – FY19 Specific $400,000.00 See above.
Holyoke Community College Workforce Development $300,000.00 Work Ready collaboration between Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) including $70,000 for HCC  gaming scholarships, $57,306 for HCC / STCC line cook training; $100,000 for year two of the SPS Ahead of the Game program for literacy and math skills GED / HiSET; and $82,693 for year two of the STCC / HCC Hampden Prep Program for local education (high school credential) and career readiness exploration and certificate.
City of Holyoke Reserve $100,000.00 $35,000 to engage a consulting firm to coordinate staff and community stakeholders in a Holyoke Tourism Plan.  The remaining $65,000 will be reserved to implement the deliverables of the Tourism Plan.
Massachusetts State Police Specific $1,814,544 Hiring, Training, and Compensation of  Troopers for the Expansion of the Gaming Enforcement Unit
City of Malden Non-Transportation Planning $50,000.00 Funding to engage a planning consultant to assist in the completion of a Broadway Corridor Framework Plan to study existing physical and economic conditions, project gaming facility related impacts on the Corridor, provide recommendations relating to land use, economic development, and the public realm, and provide an action plan to implement these recommendations.
City of Medford Transportation $198,600.00 Survey, completion of documents, completion of Final Design documents and complete permitting for the proposed South Medford Connector bicycle and pedestrian path, designed to provide enhance regional connections.
MetroNorth Regional Employment Board Workforce Development $300,000.00 Metro North Casino Careers Consortium (MNCCC) including $95,000 for the NECAT Everett Culinary Training Program, $10,000 for the Career Casino Advisors program, $60,000 for English for Employment, and $50,000 for Job Readiness Training
City of Revere Non-Transportation Planning $50,000.00 $42,000 to continue the services of an economic development consultant to address Encore Boston Harbor opportunities over an additional period of 6 months. The balance of the grant, $8,000, would be used to undertake marketing and promotional efforts about these development opportunities and the potential linkage with the Encore Boston Harbor Casino.
City of Revere / Town of Saugus Joint Transportation $275,000.00 Funding for preliminary traffic designs for elements within Phase 1 of the Route 1 Improvement Project in order to plan for potential Encore Boston Harbor traffic.
Springfield Police Specific $160,498.32 Training and equipment for Recruit Officers to attend Police Training Academy, and additional personnel costs.  Five Springfield Police Officers and one Lieutenant will be assigned the MGM Springfield Gaming Enforcement Unit.
Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance Grant $200,000.00 A reserve for tribal technical assistance planning studies to assist communities surrounding the proposed Taunton gaming facility. The release of funding requires a vote of the Commisson that construction of the proposed facility will likely commence prior to or during FY19.
Town of West Springfield Transportation $200,000.00 Professional engineering consultant to collect data, analyze and design improvements to portions of both Park Street (Route 20) and Park Avenue (Route 20) between the intersections of Elm Street (Route 20) and Union Street, easterly to the North End Bridge Rotary at Route 5 to mitigate transportation impacts associated with additional casino traffic.
Town of West Springfield Non-Transportation Planning $40,000.00 Funding for an architectural and engineering consultant to conduct a Police Facility Needs Assessment and Location Study.   The Town of West Springfield will experience space constraints in its current facility resulting from the hiring of eight new officers to address potential MGM Springfield calls for service.
Town of Wrentham Reserve $40,000.00 Creation of new Route 1 Zoning Regulations to address increased development interest in the corridor resulting from the Plainridge Park Casino.

2017 Awards

GRANTEE TYPE AWARD DESCRIPTION
City of Boston Transportation $150,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a portion of the City’s engineering design costs for a proposed reconstruction of Sullivan Square / Rutherford Avenue, a major traffic corridor expected to support casino related traffic and traffic from other traffic generators over the long term.
City of Boston Reserve $100,000.00 In conjunction with Boston’s 2017 Transportation Planning Grant, this grant will provide funding for a portion of the City’s engineering design costs for a proposed reconstruction of Sullivan Square / Rutherford Avenue, a major traffic corridor expected to support casino related traffic and traffic from other traffic generators over the long term.
City of Everett Specific $150,000.00 The grant will provide funding for a bike sharing service in Everett that will help Everett lessen potential casino related construction and operation period traffic congestion.
City of Everett Transportation $150,000.00 The grant will provide funding for the preliminary design and engineering of a bus-only lane on the west side of Broadway/Route 99 from the Everett city line to Route 16 / Sweetser Circle, a primary traffic corridor for expected casino related traffic.
City of Lynn Transportation $100,000.00 The grant will provide funding for transportation planning studies to help alleviate potential casino related traffic impacts on Lynn roads.
City of Malden Transportation $150,000.00 The grant would provide funding for planning and design of improvements to Exchange Street from Pleasant Street to Main Street.  The area was named as a hub for parking and transport for both casino employees and patrons to the site.
City of Medford Transportation $80,000.00 The grant will provide a full year’s worth of funding for a contract transportation planner and funding for an engineering feasibility study for a proposed new multi-use path.  A new multi-use path (the South Medford Connector) may greatly enhance connections to other regional pathways and provide another method for employees and patrons to access the casino.
City of Melrose Reserve $26,904 Planning study to identify and quantify infrastructure improvements along the Washington Street, Pleasant Street and West Wyoming Avenue corridors.
Norfolk District Attorney’s Office Specific $25,000.00 The grant will provide funding to develop a data system to help the Norfolk County DA’s Office determine casino related impacts on Office resources and caseloads.
City of Northampton Reserve $100,000.00 Marketing plan and promotional efforts
Town of Plainville Specific $148,750.00 The grant will provide funding for the purchase of a fire suppression vehicle for the Plainridge Park facility.
Town of Plainville Reserve $98,397.92 This grant will provide funding for public safety radios that can work in the Plainridge Park facility, a cardiac monitor, and body armor to be used in responding to events at Plainridge Park.
City of Revere/Town of Saugus Transportation $150,000.00 This grant will provide funding for a shared transportation planner to help the two communities plan to address casino related transportation issues.  This innovative sub-regional cooperative effort is designed to help the two communities focus on achievable transportation improvement projects involving roadways that may be impacted by casino related traffic.
City of Revere Reserve $50,000.00 Marketing plan and promotional efforts
Town of Saugus Reserve $28,256 Development of wayfinding and branding scheme to further promote the town’s open spaces and economic centers for a regional attraction promotion.
City of Somerville Transportation $150,000.00 The grant provides funds to initiate a formal planning study of the intersection of Interstate 93, State Route 28 (Fellsway/McGrath Highway) and State Route 38 (Mystic Avenue), which already experiences one of the highest crash rates in the state and may be impacted by casino related traffic.   A consultant team will be engaged to conduct public engagement, alternatives analysis, and concept design.
City of Somerville Reserve $100,000.00 The grant will provide funding for baseline data collection for two areas that may be impacted by casino related traffic, near-highway air pollution and vehicular traffic patterns.  The City can use such data when comparing such pollution and traffic patterns once the casino is operational.
Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)

Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance Grant

(Reserve)

 

$200,000.00

Upon a determination by the Commission that construction of a proposed Taunton gaming facility will likely commence during Fiscal Year 2018, this reserve would provide funding to the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) for technical assistance funding to assist in the determination of potential impacts that may be experienced by communities that are geographically proximate to such proposed facility.
City of Springfield Specific $31,523.00 The grant will fund the continuation of a valet pilot program for the Caring Health Center and other area businesses impacted by construction.
Town of West Springfield Transportation $150,000.00 The grant will provide funding for engineering design services for improvements to the Elm Street (Route 20) corridor from Westfield Street to Park Street to enable the town to better accommodate casino related traffic and to improve pedestrian, bicycle and public transit access and safety.
Workforce Development Pilot Program Grants

On June 28, 2017, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approved close to $600,000 in grants for a Workforce Development Pilot Program designed to fund gaming career pathways for local residents. The Workforce Program is a component of the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund, which was established by the Gaming Law to help entities offset costs related to the construction and operations of gaming establishments.

The Workforce Program was developed to provide interested residents in gaming regions the ability to attain academic and occupational credentials needed to work in the most in-demand occupations related to the gaming industry.  Additionally, it was established to assist the unemployed or underemployed to either get their GED or Adult Basic Education (“ABE”) which would position them to get future jobs in the casino industry or training in advance by the backfilling of jobs.

GRANTEE PROGRAM AMOUNT DESCRIPTION
REGION A
MetroNorth Regional Employment Board Metro North Casino Careers Consortium (MNCCC) $200,000.00 The purpose of the MNCCC is to prepare and train local residents for jobs related to the construction of the Wynn Boston Harbor gaming facility and to create a system in which local residents are able to start a career pathway leading to any number of casino-related careers.
REGION B
Springfield Public Schools Ahead of the Game Program $171,833.03 The Springfield Public Schools would like to establish an initiative called “Ahead of the Game” program which will target low-skill, low-income adults, interested in pursuing long term careers with MGM Springfield.  The Ahead of the Game program will focus on individuals looking to obtain their adult basic education (ABE) or GED, in order to pursue higher education.  The goal of this program will be to prepare low-income adults for enrollment into post-secondary workforce training programs relevant to the needs of MGM Springfield.
Springfield Technical Community College Hampden Prep $200,000.00

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), in collaboration with Holyoke Community College (HCC) proposes to develop and implement an innovative High School Equivalency (HSE) and workforce readiness program, Hampden Prep.

The overarching goal of Hampden Prep is to accelerate ABE, HiSET prep and developmental programs for Hampden County residents and to provide non-traditional students the supports needed to complete postsecondary credentials in areas recognized by employers in the Springfield labor market.

2016 Awards

GRANTEE TYPE AWARD  DESCRIPTION
Town of Attleboro Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
City of Chelsea Transportation $167,150.00 The scope of work for this study includes a field survey, condition assessment, environmental screening, and Road Safety Audit which will form a basis for future funding applications by the City.  This corridor is a gateway thoroughfare which could better serve pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists and freight for the casino by the improvement of its roadway conditions and through comprehensive planning.
City of Everett Reserve $100,000.00 This grant provides funding to study the expansion to the Everett portion of the Northern Strand Community Trail bike path.  The expansion project could promote greater options for pedestrians and bicyclists that may visit or work at the Wynn Boston Harbor facility.  Additionally, it could allow for an extension of access to the linear park system along the Mystic River while addressing the need for pedestrian and bicycle access to and from Wellington Station on the MBTA Orange line.
City of Everett Transportation $50,000.00 $100,000 of Everett’s original reserve of $100,000 is included in the budget for Everett’s 2016 Transportation Grant.  The budget for the study is $150,000 including the $50,000.  Additional funding for Community Trail bike path after expenditure of reserve.
Town of Hampden Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Specific $280,000.00 The Sheriff Department’s Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center (WMCAC) was required to move after 29 years in the same location due to construction of the MGM Springfield facility.  The WMCAC has provided a very important rehabilitation program for over 17,000 Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester County residents  as a correctional substance abuse treatment center during this time.  This grant is to cover unfunded lease costs through FY17.
City of Lynn Reserve $100,000.00 Award of reserve
City of Malden Transportation $100,000.00 Malden is recognized as a multi-modal transportation hub for the casino project.   In recognition of the transportation hub, Malden reserved approval for two separate and distinct studies; one to assess current parking facilities (Jackson Street Garage, Central Business District Garage, Malden Center MBTA Parking lot, Main Street parking Lot and Dartmouth Street Parking lot) and determine future needs, and the second to limit exposure of both pedestrian and bicyclists to safety risks created by heavy traffic volumes, busy intersections and high travel speeds in the area of Malden Center Station.
City of Malden Reserve $100,000.00 The grant provides funding toward the hiring of a senior planner, with the City of Malden providing a significant portion of the salary.  The Senior Planner’s activities will be focused on positioning the City to take advantage of and benefit from the economic opportunities from the casino development through a Comprehensive Marking Program and a Citizen’s Engagement Program.
City of Medford Transportation $167,000.00 As a transportation hub for the casino, Medford received funds for a transportation planner to help coordinate a plan for Wellington Circle, a potential water shuttle and monitoring of agreements related to parking facilities.  As a significant portion of traffic will go through Medford, particularly through Wellington Circle, the Commission granted Planner’s cost for Fiscal Year 2017; and one year allocation for consultants working with the Planner.  To encourage participation in alternate transportation modalities, the Commission granted for funding as a state match for federal funding sources for a water shuttle study, including an analysis of Station Landing and Wynn Boston Harbor as shuttle docking sites.
City of Melrose Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
Town of North Attleborough Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
City of Revere Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
Town of Plainville Reserve $100,000.00 The one-time reserve funds are used to assist communities in offsetting costs related to unanticipated  impacts that may arise and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.
Town of Saugus Reserve $35,000.00 Procurement of a Phase 1 consultant (expended only $21,744 of the awarded $35,000)
City of Springfield Reserve $50,000.00 $50,000 of Springfield’s original reserve  of $100,000 is included in the budget for Springfield’s 2016 Specific Impact Grant for a parking solution.
City of Springfield Specific $150,000.00 The grant will be used to implement a coordinated pilot parking solution to accommodate local businesses between Union and State Street in Springfield impacted by the construction of MGM Springfield.  The Commission authorized $50,000 of the $150,000 for the first 90 days of the Pilot Parking Solution.
Springfield Preservation Trust Specific $350,000.00 Pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement between the Commission, Blue Tarp reDevelopment and the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the fund shall be used to aid with the rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation of State Register listed historic resources within one-half mile of the Project. In addition to MGM Springfield’s significant historical preservation efforts on-site, MGM Springfield also provided $350,000 for the Preservation Trust.
Town of West Springfield Specific $246,000.00 The Grant provides funding for an unanticipated cost increase in the design and permitting of a project to reconstruct Memorial Avenue above the amount of an award granted through arbitration.  By following design concepts consistent with the State’s Complete Streets initiative, it is hoped that this project will more effectively compete for state transportation dollars.
Town of Wrentham Reserve $50,000.00 Prepare a study of the Route 1 corridor

2015 Awards

On March 5, 2015, the Commission established Community Mitigation Reserve Funds for 20 communities and determined that it would preserve the ability of 4 other communities to apply for the Reserve in 2016. The purpose of this Reserve is to assist communities in offsetting costs related to construction related impacts that may arise in 2015 or thereafter and for planning purposes, either to determine how to achieve further benefits from a facility or to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts.

APPLICANT TYPE AWARD 
Town of Agawam Reserve $100,000.00
City of Boston Reserve $100,000.00
City of Cambridge Reserve $100,000.00
City of Chelsea Reserve $100,000.00
City of Chicopee Reserve $100,000.00
Town of East Longmeadow Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Foxborough Reserve $100,000.00
City of Holyoke Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Longmeadow Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Ludlow Reserve $100,000.00
City of Lynn Reserve $100,000.00
City of Malden Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Mansfield Reserve $100,000.00
City of Medford Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Saugus Reserve $100,000.00
City of Somerville Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Northampton Reserve $100,000.00
Town of West Springfield Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Wilbraham Reserve $100,000.00
Town of Wrentham Reserve $100,000.00

 

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