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 2019 Community Mitigation Fund can be found here.

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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.

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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