This technical assistance report is the product of an intensive technical assistance process that began with several weeks of background research on Springfield, MA that was subsequently presented to a panel of experts from throughout the country. After this briefing, the panel visited Springfield for a three-day site visit on October 27-30, 2013 to meet with stakeholders to examine the current economic development climate. The focus of the project was around redevelopment of the two most tornado impacted neighborhoods, Six Corners and Old Hill.
This final report builds on the observations and preliminary recommendations from that site visit to offer a more complete analysis of the neighborhoods’ potential for redevelopment. Several case studies included in the report provide tangible examples and lessons on how similar communities have successfully revitalized distressed neighborhoods. The report also includes specifics on how to implement revitalization strategies with case examples from comparable communities such as Lawrence, MA; Philadelphia, NJ; Detroit, MI; Dayton, Oh.
The technical assistance panel included:
Targeted Neighborhood Redevelopment in Six Corners and Old Hill, Springfield, MA
- Dan Jennings of Brick City Development, Newark, NJ,
- Bob Lewis of DevelopmentStrategies, St. Louis, MO
- Karen Fegely of the City of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Economic Development Department
- Carrie Mulcaire, Director of Federal Grants, IEDC, Washington, DC
- Scott Annis, Economic Development Associate, IEDC , Washington, DC
This technical assistance project was funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Economic Adjustment Assistance Project No. 08-79-04593. The grant is focused on long-term economic recovery of FY2011 disaster-impacted communities and regions in the EDA Philadelphia office region. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).