Greater Springfield Moving Forward
The Greater Springfield Moving Forward Program was started by the Chamber in 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 residents on how to improve Springfield’s image, how to revitalize the area and strengthen local resources. Four core committees were formed and each committee continues to meet regularly and advance strategic projects.
Parks & Greenspaces
Mayor Warren Copeland & Tom Loftis, Co-Chairs
The OSU Master Gardeners and Hollandia/Kiwanis have continued to build out the Snyder Park Gardens and construct permanent structures on the property. The Springfield Conservancy District continues to clean up the property at Water Street and North Street along Buck Creek.
John Landess & Ted Vander Roest, Co-Chairs
Co-Hatch the Market opened in May with all of the office spaces leased. The space includes the Market Bar and five food vendors including Painted Pepper, Cork and Board, North High Brewing, Ironworks Waffle Café and Fresh Abilities.
The Parking Garage opened in May at a cost of $6.8 million and includes 305 parking spaces. The city is offering free parking for all of 2021. Planning is underway for the 3,000 square foot retail space along Fountain Avenue.
The first six unit building of the Center Street Residential project was completed and four of the units were sold with one being used as a model. The second four unit building is under construction and plans were submitted on a third building.
A group was formed to make improvements to Springfield’s Columbia Street Cemetery and fund raising is underway. The cemetery holds the remains of seven Revolutionary War soldiers and two from the War of 1812.
Corridors & Gateways
Bryan Heck & Mike McDorman, Co-Chairs
Preliminary design was completed for the South Limestone corridor from Leffel Lane to Singer Street. A Public Comment period was held from November to January of 2020, with detailed design to begin in the first quarter of 2021.
The City of Springfield finalized a location for the western gateway sign, working with interested stakeholders on sign location. Construction to begin sometime in 2021.
Jobs & Job Readiness
Jennifer Sirucek & Melanie Flax Wilt, Co-Chairs
The Jobs/Job Readiness Taskforce is an employer-lead collaboration between Clark County Business leaders, Education leaders and community entities focused on connecting employers with the current and future workforce. Always adaptable, the Taskforce met throughout 2020 and continued working on their two primary initiatives. Short-term initiative to fund and push forward a campaign for residents of Clark and neighboring counties to local job opportunities, inclusive of all industries within the county. Long-term initiative remains focused on the collaboration of businesses and schools; make students aware of career opportunities inside Clark County and prepare them to enter the workforce. The J/JR Taskforce, as a collective, serves as an ideation and design thinking laboratory, where business and education are equally represented at monthly meetings to continue create and define best practices.
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