The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hosted a meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. It was the last public presentation for MGM Resorts International before the commission decides on issuing a gaming license. Newly named President of MGM Springfield, Michael Mathis, ran through a detailed presentation of the wide ranging benefits to the community as well as the significant investment plans. Also speaking was Jodi Collins, an area native that recently graduated from Smith College. Early last year she went to a job fair at Umass and after serving and internship, was hired by MGM to help manage the application process. The Commission also heard from the Mayor of Springfield, Domenic Sarno, as well as the local Travel and Tourism Boards, all speaking in support of the project. The Commission and MGM both place great emphases on using local vendors, workers and suppliers when possible as this will help engrain MGM into the local community.