After months of lobbying, speculation and debate, the Massachusetts Senate voted last week to approve a bill that authorizes a casino in Western Massachusetts and two others in different parts of the state. Now a joint legislative committee will have to draft a final bill to send to the governor, but towns are already competing and evaluating the possibilities for a resort-style casino.
The city of Springfield is urging residents to give input on the city's rebuilding strategies in response to the June 1st tornadoes.
A series of public hearings are being held in Springfield in the coming months to develop strategies for rebuilding the hardest-hit areas of the city. Bobbie Hill is a principal consultant with Rebuild Springfield, a public-private partnership that hopes to come up with a master plan by the end of December.
The Springfield chapter of Rebuilding Together says it has attracted a thousand volunteers – enough to repair at least 25 homes between October first and October fifth.
"There's a lot of sense of urgency right now with winter approaching again to get the blue tarp off the roof so that it can be rectified."
Colleen Loveless is the executive director of Rebuilding Together's Springfield chapter.
Bo Zhao a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center speaks at a municipal aid forum in Springfield tomorrow. Zhao’s working on ideas to revitalize the city. He told WFCR’s Susan Kaplan about a new formula he calls-the municipal gap-that measures the need of a community’s aid based on local economic and social characteristics which Zhao says are outside the control of municipal officials.