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Springfield a magnet for casino hopefuls

Mayor’s welcome mat lures four developers

SPRINGFIELD — As many as four top-tier casino developers have informed Springfield officials that they would like to build a gambling resort in this struggling city on the Connecticut River, a level of interest unmatched in other parts of the state that will force developers into direct competition even before they apply for a state license.

“We’re ground zero, baby,” Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno gushed during an extended interview.

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