Date: May 6, 2015
Location: St. Edith Stein Church
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:00PM | St. Edith Stein Church
Present: Scott Dwyer, President (Dwyer’s Glass); David Lynch, Vice President (Lynch’s Towing); Richard Gowell (Gowell’s Candy); Jeff Chrzanowski (Spark Street Auto Body); Nelson Fernandes (JJ’s Caffe); Allen Davis (BAR Automotive)
Present: Officer Stanley David (Brockton Police); Shelley Clough (Crescent Credit Union);
Meeting called to order at 6:05pm by President, Scott Dwyer
President’s Report – Scott Dwyer:
The vote for officers will be postponed for the next meeting in June. Shelly Clough has been nominated as a board member.
Our balance, as of April 6, 2015, is $3469.23.
Dwyer would like to spend the majority of the meeting discussing the Casino project and its impact on the City, as well as the overall economic development of Brockton.
Guest Speaker: Michael Gallerani, Executive Director (Brockton 21st Century Corp.)
The biggest deterrent to crime is jobs and the Rush Gaming project will provide over 1500 permanent jobs. Gallerani compares the economic development of the city to a jigsaw puzzle and the Casino is just a piece of the puzzle. It’ll introduce the public to a “new” Brockton, a tourism destination for the South Shore. The project will include traffic improvements along Belmont Street and Forest Avenue, including a rotary at the corner of Forest Avenue and West Street. The casino operations will also have to purchase gift cards from local businesses which will help spur revenue for them (the local businesses) by introducing new customers to the City. Question was posed as to what would happen if the Casino were to fail after opening. Gallerani mentions that Rush Gaming is a Fortune 500 company and they would not invest $650 million in order to lose. Lots of thought has been given to this project by its investors. With investor problems with the Somerset casino proposal (Brockton’s opponent for the last casino license), it looks as though the final decision may be between Brockton and New Bedford. Question was also proposed about the viability of a casino being developed on Reservation land by the Wamponoag/Mashpee tribe. Gallerani has been notified that the status of the reservation land is still years away from federal approval so the likelihood of a casino popping up is minimal.
In terms of Downtown’s development, everything is on the table. There are a number of buildings that are looking to be redeveloped. A two-way Main Street is still under consideration.
Father Bill’s Mainspring is looking for investors/developers to move forward with their Catholic Charities project on North Main Street.
There is an RFP out for the redevelopment of the Corcoran Building on Montello Street.
Gallerani has only been on the job for two months but has learned a tremendous amount about the city in this short time. The city is also working on a Master Plan for the Campello district on the South side.
There is funding for workforce training from the State, with matched funds to business as long as the trainee/employee is learning a new skill. The State will also pay more for workforce training for veterans (through Mass Office of Business Development).
Meeting Adjourned at 7:06pm.