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SEIGMA Blog: host community real estate profiles

Henry Renski, a researcher on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently wrote a blog examining three new reports he co-authored about real estate challenges and opportunities in the three MA communities targeted for casinos: Everett, Plainville, and Springfield. Read more here.

SEIGMA and UMass Amherst announce Biostatistician search

The SEIGMA study and University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences are searching to fill a Biostatistician position. Requirements include collecting and analyzing data; reviewing literature; drafting, revising and producing study reports.

Candidates must possess a Master's degree in Social Sciences (e.g., biostatistics, public health, sociology, psychology, economics) with three years of experience with program planning, evaluation, or large-scale research studies. For a complete position announcement including the application instructions and required qualifications, please see the full position listing.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

SEIGMA report details wages generated in constructing Plainridge Park Casino

A recent report issued by SEIGMA team member the UMass Donahue Institute examines the impact of almost $22 million in wages generated through the construction of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. News site Wicked Local reports that 85 percent of that amount went to Massachusetts residents, with much of the remainder paid to workers from nearby Rhode Island. Read more here.

SEIGMA team member from UMass Donahue Institute presents findings about economic impact of Plainville slot parlor

Rod Motamedi, Research Manager at the UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) and a research lead on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently presented research to the Massachusetts Gaming Commision about the economic impact of constructing the Plainridge Park Casino, the slot parlor located in Plainville, MA. The Sun Chronicle reports construction employed about 800 people from Norfolk County, where the casino is located, as well as nearby Bristol county. Another 74 construction workers on the project were from the Plainville area itself. Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Constructing Plainridge Park Casino

Rod Motamedi, a research lead on the SEIGMA economic and fiscal analysis team, recently wrote a blog explaining results from his analysis of the impacts from the construction phase of Plainridge Park Casino. Read more here.

Volberg presents research on problem gambling rates in Massachusetts to legislators

SEIGMA PI Rachel Volberg presented research results about problem gambling rates in Massachusetts to lawmakers in a meeting at the State House. The findings, from the SEIGMA study, document gambling rates before the opening of casinos in the state. Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Enrique Zuniga explained the project as “very ambitious” and “something that has never been done before in the world, mostly because we’re looking at it before and after the introduction of casinos.”

Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Fact Sheets Released

SEIGMA Web Manager Matthew Medeiros recently wrote a blog explaining the team's new set of fact sheets on the project. "We have initiated an ongoing series, the SEIGMA Fact Sheets, which will share information on the project, and ultimately our results, in a style that is engaging, clear, and avoids overloading readers with too much technical information," he writes. Read more here.

Volberg quoted in article on PlayMyWay program in Massachusetts

A recent Casino City Times article on the PlayMyWay program quotes SEIGMA Co-PI Rachel Volberg about the prospects for success with for the gambling budgeting program in Massachusetts. "I think the Gaming Commission and the other folks who have been involved certainly learned from the mistakes that were made in other jurisdictions, so I'm actually very hopeful that it will be an effective tool," she said. Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Plainridge Park Casino Patron Survey

SEIGMA Expert Advisor Laurie Salame recently wrote a blog post describing the role surveys of casino patrons will play in the study. "Our patron survey is a prime example of the ways the SEIGMA project allows experts from both the social and economic teams to work together," she writes. Read more here.

SEIGMA Blog: Assessing Health Impacts of the Springfield Casino

SEIGMA Project Manager Amanda Houpt recently wrote a blog post describing the forum on health impacts of the casino in Springfield sponsored by Partners for a Healthier Community. "We were thrilled to connect with the Western Massachusetts community at this event," she writes. Read more here.