MGM Resorts International is planning a new project in an unexpected place: Springfield, Massachusetts. The current plans are to bring entertainment venues, a casino resort, and new housing all to downtown Springfield.The city has been coping with a string of bad luck recently, having trouble with both finances and high unemployment. In addition, a good portion of its downtown area was destroyed by a 2011 tornado. MGM's plans would see much of this damage replaced with new developments. While the city officials are eager to hear proposals for the project, church groups have vowed to fight the encroachment of gambling establishments in Springfield. According to the Boston Globe, up to 3 other casino companies are also making proposals to the city.