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, Chair
A flurry of development is bringing more activity to the core in 2022. Early in the year a new restaurant opened in the parking garage storefronts on Fountain Ave. named Charlo’s Provisions and Eatery. Across the street, a restored building at 28 -30 North Fountain Ave saw Firefly Women’s Boutique and Pretzelmaker open in April.
2022 is seeing Center Street Townes near completion. The final section of townhomes is under construction and should be complete in the spring. To date 24 townhomes have been purchased and 4 are currently for sale.
The Old Springfield Burying Grounds on Columbia Ave., sometimes called the Demint Cemetery is complete. The 2 year, $1.1 million project is Springfield’s first Cemetery and is the final resting place for our early community members, some of which fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and one who participated in the Boston Tea Party.
A new updated parking area fronting Hatch Artist Studios is now open and provides ample parking for Mother Stewart’s Brewery and other downtown businesses. SpringForward took the lead on this project and is a valuable upgrade to the area.
Springfield’s newest storefront opening is Grandpa Joe’s Candy Store in the old Columbia Gas building at the corner of Center St. and High St. Covering over 6,000 sq ft, its theme is pulled from a favorite childhood book and movie – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s been a huge hit for the downtown!
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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