With the move to establish and site Massachusetts casinos advancing, cities and town across the state are reviewing developers’ proposals and debating the advantages and challenges of accepting gambling resorts into their communities.

Casinos: Deal Us In? -- the fourth in a series of Building Boston 2030 public forums presented by Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board -- will address the benefits of and concerns about the three casino applicants for Region A, which includes Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Worcester counties.

The balanced discussion will take place from 7:45 - 9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby will deliver opening remarks.

The panel will include representatives of both casino applicants and potential host communities, which include NECN Business Editor Peter Howe, who will moderate the discussion.

Panelists - Casino representatives

  • Scott Butera, CEO, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Chip Tuttle, COO Suffolk Downs

Panelists - Community representatives

  • Celeste Ribeiro Myers, No Eastie Casino
  • Brian Murray, chair, Milford Board of Selectman
  • David Rodriques of Everett

“The coming of casino resorts to Massachusetts can provide economic benefits to the host communities, and our panelists will describe those benefits while also addressing the potential costs to cities, towns and society,” said Richard Taylor, executive in residence at Sawyer Business School and director of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University.

The forum is a joint effort of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVP is required.

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