By Dawn Larzelere. I recently visited Springfield and made presentations to the Community Leadership Academy and representatives of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. During my research leading up to the presentations, I was pleased to see how Springfield and Clark County have capitalized on so many of their prosperity driving assets that we define in our Restoring Prosperity report.
I was also fortunate enough to be invited to attend the Chamber’s groundbreaking for a new downtown park called National Road Commons. The park, which has been in the works for several years, will eventually span down to Buck Creek and showcases how a community can seize on natural amenities and quality of life attractions to make its urban core stronger. It is hoped the park will spark additional development including additional restaurants and office and retail space. Work is expected to be completed by the next summer, in hopes of a formal dedication on July 4.
My presentation from the day can be found on slideshare if you are interested.