Despite the fact that Saint Consulting helped Wynn Resorts garner 86.5 percent of the vote on a local ballot initiative for its $1.6 billion destination resort casino in Everett and assisted the company with the subsequent approval of its license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, there was one more hurdle that needed to be cleared.
Opponents of gaming in Massachusetts had sponsored a statewide ballot initiative in November 2014 that would have overturned the state’s Expanded Gaming Act. This act, which was passed in November 2011, allowed up to three destination resort casinos in three geographical regions and one slots facility statewide.
Two other licenses had also been granted including MGM Resort International’s proposal for a destination resort casino in Springfield and Penn National Gaming’s proposal for a slots parlor at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville. In addition, Penn National had already spent over $100 million to develop their facility since winning the state’s first license in February.
Therefore, Saint Consulting was retained to work with the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs to help defeat the ballot initiative. As a result, residents voted overwhelmingly against the initiative by a 60-40 percent margin. In the process, the company helped preserve 16,500 jobs for the state including 10,000 high-quality permanent jobs and 6,500 construction jobs. This victory also prevented shipping gaming revenue out of state since Massachusetts residents were spending $1 billion a year at casinos in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine. Further, the new casinos are estimated to generate more than $400 million in new revenue for Massachusetts state government and cities and towns.
With its success on behalf of Wynn Resorts and others, Saint Consulting continues its track record of adding value for market leaders worldwide. For more information about Saint Consulting, please visit www.tscg.biz.
Owen Eagan is a Senior Consultant and Vice President for The Saint Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm specializing in land use politics. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Emerson College, the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to communication and the performing arts. Email Eagan@tscg.biz