MGM chief pitches his Springfield casino to Boston business audience, ahead of gaming board hearing

Boston, MA--12/5/2013--James J. Murren (cq), chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International (cq), speaks at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheon, on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 06BCclub Reporter: Beth Healy
James J. Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, spoke at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheon.
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MGM Resorts International chief executive James Murren made a long pitch for his Springfield casino to Boston’s business elite Thursday at the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club lunch.

Murren’s proposed $800 million casino project is scheduled to come before the state gaming commission on Monday for a suitability hearing. A Connecticut native whose mother hails from Lowell, Murren pledged to create 3,000 jobs at the casino, and to employ 2,000 more to build the facility in the struggling western Massachusetts city.

In response to reporters’ questions after the lunch, Murren said, “I have every reason to expect that we will be found suitable.”

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While numerous other casino projects have recently been rejected by Massachusetts voters, Springfield residents last summer approved a casino development.