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March 2014
  
What a Night!
  
2014 Celebrate Springfield photo gallery
Armando Feliciano, Secretary Greg Bialecki, Terry Powe, Suzanne Hendery, Colleen Loveless, Nick Fyntrilakis, Jay Minkarah
We extend our gratitude to the nearly 500 attendees who joined us for our 3rd Annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner & Gala on Wednesday, March 12.  The MassMutual Center was host to this special gathering of guests which included area residents and individuals; business and organization leaders; and City officials. We were also pleased to have Secretary Gregory Bialecki from the Commonwealth's Office of Housing and Economic Development with us.
 
The event was a celebration of the collective work being done throughout the City toward revitalization. Our President and CEO, Jay Minkarah, provided an overview of several DevelopSpringfield projects underway as well as some highlights from the Rebuild Springfield Plan.
 
The event also provided an opportunity to  honor three individuals who have played leadership roles in revitalization efforts in Springfield. Presented with Partners in Progress awards were:  Colleen Loveless, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together; Terry Powe, Principal of the Elias Brookings Elementary School; and Mark Tolosky, President and CEO of Baystate Health.
 
We are very grateful for the outstanding support of our sponsors and attendees.  MassMutual Financial Group, Baystate Health and Health New England served as Platinum Level Sponsors.  Please click here for a link to our full list of amazing supporters for this event.
 
 
      
 
View our online photo gallery-click here.
Leadership Partner Spotlight
  

The Partnership Investment Program is designed to provide an opportunity for ongoing investment in DevelopSpringfield's work toward the revitalization of Springfield. Leadership Partners have the opportunity to engage at a high level in shaping organizational goals and policies and in developing project strategies to further advance economic development in the City of Springfield.

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We are grateful for the very generous support of MassMutual Financial Group, our first Partner to pledge their support at the Leadership Partner level in our first year of launching the program. This commitment is coupled with strong support of DevelopSpringfield initiatives.

 

MassMutual believes the best way to enhance the City of Springfield - the community it has called home for more than 162 years - is through supporting education, economic development and community vitality initiatives.

 

For the past three years, MassMutual has donated more than $7 million annually through its local and national programs. To learn more about their efforts and support of special initiatives, click here to view their webpage focusing on Corporate Responsibility.

 

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Blight and Vacancy Issues
 
Springfield was among eight cities selected to attend the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program designed to empower civic leaders to tackle issues of blight and vacancy that impact community revitalization efforts.
 
The selection process was competitive for the four day program held at Harvard Law School. Representing the Springfield delegation was Gerry McCafferty, Director for the Office of Housing; Tina Quagliato, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Stabilization; Lisa DeSousa, Associate City Solicitor; Mike Fenton and Melvin Edwards, City Councilors; Sarah Page, Deputy Director of HAPHousing; and Jay Minkarah, President and CEO of DevelopSpringfield.
 
Click here for a link to the City's press release.
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Our mission is to help create conditions that encourage private development, with a bricks-and-mortar focus and always with an eye toward understanding and meeting Springfield's unique and diverse redevelopment needs.

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