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MGM chief pledges jobs, economic gains for Springfield, if officials approve his casino

James Murren, chief executive  of MGM Resorts International spoke at Boston College Chief Executives’ Club  on Thursday. The Las Vegas-based MGM plans to hire 3,000 people at a facility in Springfield, he said.
James Murren, chief executive of MGM Resorts International spoke at Boston College Chief Executives’ Club on Thursday. The Las Vegas-based MGM plans to hire 3,000 people at a facility in Springfield, he said.Credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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The chief of Las Vegas casino giant MGM Resorts International made a lengthy pitch for his proposed Springfield casino to Boston’s business elite Thursday, pledging to create thousands of jobs and to help revive the long-struggling western Massachusetts city.

James Murren’s remarks at the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club lunch came just days ahead of his scheduled appearance before the state Gaming Commission next Monday for a suitability hearing. He said his company planned to hire 3,000 people in Springfield, and another 2,000 to build an $800 million gambling and entertainment facility there.

“I have every reason to expect that we will be found suitable,’’ Murren told reporters after the luncheon.

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