The Greater Springfield Moving Forward Program was started by the Chamber is 2010 and includes input and support from key community partners and leaders including the Springfield and Turner Foundations, Cox Media, the City of Springfield and Clark County.
In 2010, The Springfield News-Sun served as a site host for a citizens’ survey asking for feedback regarding key areas such as economic development, education and workforce. The survey polled resident on how to improve Springfield’s image, how to revitalize the area and strengthen local resources.
Parks and Greenspaces
Mayor Warren Copeland and
Tom Loftis, Co-chairs
Based upon a strategic planning process early in its existence, the Parks and Green Space Task Force
decided to focus its attention on the Buck Creek corridor. A summary of efforts includes:
- BIKE TRAILS: Connections of the bike trails south of town are completed, and improvements to the Beatty Station Bike Stop are proceeding.
- SNYDER PARK: The new gardens of the Master Gardeners and their future plans, and those of Hollandia Gardens and a sculpture park promise creative new uses for the former golf course.
- MAD RIVER CORRIDOR: More recently, exciting new opportunities for the Clark County Park District to acquire property along Mad River for hiking and rock climbing have emerged.
John Landess, Chair
2016 was a banner year for downtown renewal. We saw three apartments open at the Johnson Flats on Main Street, making a total of seven apartments including the Deitzel lofts at the property. One of the storefronts on the property opened as Cloud Nine Yoga as well.
- The Meek’s storefronts on Fountain Avenue opened a new Winan’s Coffee and Chocolates.
- The major investment of the Loftis family in the new brewery – Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. – came online in 2016.
- The old Ringside Bar was refurbished to house what is called Hatch Artist Studios – as a maker space for artists.
- The work of the Downtown Task Force identified the need to develop a financial tool to assist with downtown development. This led to the creation of SpringFORWARD - a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization aiming to revitalize Springfield’s urban core through qualified, catalytic commercial and residential real estate developments.
Corridors and Gateways
Jim Bodenmiller and Dale Henry, Co-Chairs
The Transportation Coordinating Committee recently wrapped up a planning study for the S. Limestone corridor from the Leffel Lane intersection to the Selma Road intersection.
- The result of the study is a four-phased series of construction projects that provide long-term path forward for growth and revitalization of the area, ranging from simple striping and traffic signal operational changes at Leffel Lane, to traffic calming and beautification components between John Street and Selma Road.
- Work will now begin on identifying and securing federal aid and other grant funding for the various phases of the project.
- Kroger has committed to building a new 123,000 sq. ft. Kroger Marketplace south of the I-70/72 interchange. This project also includes a Kroger Fuel Center as well as opportunities for out-lot development along SR 72. This multi-million dollar investment will serve as a catalyst for future growth
Jobs and Job Readiness
Jim Lago and Rick Smith, Co-Chairs
The focus of our group has been on the 8th Grade Career Fair, “It’s All About Me in Clark County.”
- On November 9, 2016, approximately 1,400 8th graders from Springfield City and all the Clark County Schools visited with more than 30 Clark County business and industry representatives at Clark State’s Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center to learn about a variety of fields, from software engineering to running a restaurant, and how they can achieve their own goals right here in Clark County.
- Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, The Chamber, OhioMeansJobs, and the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center are sponsors of the event and are just a few of the employers taking part. We are going to keep building on that success!