A Message from MGM Resorts International's Chairman
A century ago, Bridgeport welcomed my family when they emigrated from Ireland. It is the city where I was born, and where a work ethic took root. I recall the neighborhoods and businesses that helped define Connecticut’s largest city, where families like mine could, through hard work and determination, build their futures.
My connections to Connecticut remain strong, and I have assembled a team of experts at MGM who share my commitment to developing properties that maximize the potential of urban communities and contribute to their vitality. MGM believes that Bridgeport is the best location for Connecticut's first commercial casino and is committed to competing in Connecticut wherever opportunities arise.
We welcome the opportunity to work closely with Seaview Bridgeport LLC to create a magnificent new center of energy and vitality in Bridgeport. In the coming days, we will share our ideas and plans with the people of Connecticut and with policy makers in the city and across the state.
MGM Bridgeport promises to be a pivotal development that will jumpstart job growth and economic expansion in Connecticut. As a central component of the breakthrough Bridgeport Harbor initiative, MGM Bridgeport will emerge, advancing efforts to realize the potential of Connecticut’s largest city.
Our track-record reflects that is what we have done in Maryland, Michigan and Massachusetts. And that is precisely what we will do in Connecticut. Ours is a partnership for progress that will bring jobs and produce economic benefits.
MGM is ready, willing and able to make a real investment in Bridgeport and in Connecticut. The landmark partnership between MGM and Seaview Bridgeport provides ample evidence of the seriousness of our interest, and we invite everyone to take a look at our plans and projections.
While our intent in Connecticut is surely about seizing an exceptional business opportunity, it is also deeply personal. We look forward with enthusiasm to moving ahead if given the opportunity to implement our plans for MGM Bridgeport. The benefits will accrue to residents and businesses in Bridgeport and in every corner of Connecticut.
Jim Murren is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International. He is Chairman of the American Gaming Association, a member of the Business Roundtable and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity College.