Residents meet to discuss city’s future
Updated: Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009, 6:42 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009, 5:52 PM EDT
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – City residents, business owners and organization leaders met to discuss what matters to the residents of Springfield.
The meeting was sponsored by The Springfield Institute, a non-profit think tank. The organization’s goal is to bring fresh perspectives, raise the level of debate, broaden participation, support community groups and contribute to urban transformation. They have a central commitment to outreach, inclusion and community organization.
The group’s focus is to research and organize data about the city by involving the average citizen and then create a long term development plan. They want to avoid the pitfalls of the political process and elected officials by keeping the movement grassroots.
According to Aron Goldman, executive director of The Springfield Institute,”We want to hear what’s important to residents and we want to get that onto the radar of planners and decision makers in the city. The second thing we want to do is think creatively about systems to have ongoing feedback from regular residents from all over the city.”
For more information about The Springfield Institute and how you can be involved go to their web site at www.springfieldinstitute.org