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November 2014
DevelopSpringfield Hosts 2nd Annual Open House

DevelopSpringfield hosted our 2nd Annual Open House for Partners

and supporters on November 19.  Guests enjoyed the opportunity

to network and learn more about our work though informative displays and conversation.


The event was held to provide a more intimate opportunity for our Partners to visit and become more familiar with ongoing projects as 

well as hear more about some of the exciting revitalization efforts on

the horizon.

Project displays included rehabilitation projects for the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street and the Gunn Block on the corner of State and Maple Streets, highlights of the Worthington Street Area Plan, the newly announce Springfield Innovation Center and the Mason Square Supermarket project.  Other highlights included our Curb Appeal and Corridor Storefront Improvement programs.
Partnership Investment Program ~ Get Involved
DevelopSpringfield continues to strengthen its efforts to stimulate revitalization and economic development in Springfield.


Our annual campaign for our Partnership Investment Program is underway, and you are invited  to invest in the work of DevelopSpringfield.  By joining us as a Partner, you will help to provide a foundation of financial support to strengthen our work while having the opportunity to participate in strategic planning and advisory groups that help shape our direction and focus in areas such as real estate strategy; and urban development and design.

Our current Business and Non Profit Partners who have joined us already in our 2014-2015 campaign include: 122 Chestnut, LLC; Associated Building Wreckers Inc.;Big Y Foods, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts; Common Capital, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.; Hampden Bank; HAPHousing; Jennings Real Estate Services; Liberty Mutual Group; New North Citizens' Council; North End Housing Initiative; NUVO Bank & Trust Co., Rebuilding Together, Springfield College, and Titan Roofing.  We are grateful to all of them for their support as well as our Individual Partners. Special thanks to Baystate Health and MassMutual Financial Group for their extraordinary support as Leadership Partners.  Please join them in supporting DevelopSpringfield in our collective efforts to revitalize Springfield.

Becoming a Partner is easy!  Join online and learn more about the program benefits--click here for more details.  Or, feel free to call our office at 413-209-8808 to speak with us about your interest. 
Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"
DevelopSpringfield is pleased to partner with NAI Plotkin, Rational Urbanism and ULI Boston/New England to bring Strong Towns "Curbside Chat" to Springfield. This candid talk about the future of America's cities, towns and neighborhoods is presented by Charles L. Marohn, Jr. PE AICP  ~ Planner, Engineer and President of Strong Towns.

The "chat" is a dynamic presentation that overviews the challenges that communities face with regard to resources and infrastructure and focuses on ways to grow more resilient and become more prosperous in changing times.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion led by members of ULI Boston/New England.

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 2.  Click here for a link to the invitation.  Seating is very limited, please respond immediately to reserve your spot.  Reservations are required.
Springfield Innovation Center
Future Home of the 
Springfield Innovation Center

The Springfield Innovation Center is one of DevelopSpringfield's newest and most exciting projects. Governor Deval Patrick's recent announcement of $2 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funding to MassDevelopment marks a critical step toward advancement of this important initiative. 


The Innovation Center is an extraordinary collaboration between DevelopSpringfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MassDevelopment, the City of Springfield, Valley Venture Mentors, the Innovation Hub, and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). 


The project includes rehabilitation of more than 16,000 square-feet of mixed-use space which will include a 9,000 square-foot business accelerator program with co-working, presentation and function space and an innovation café as well as additional office space.


Last month DevelopSpringfield purchased a building at 276 to 284 Bridge Street in a block of historic buildings known as the Trinity Block.  On Monday, October 20, the Springfield City Council approved the sale of a vacant adjacent building at 270-272 Bridge Street to DevelopSpringfield in the same block to support the project. Funding to support the development of this project, including property acquisition and rehabilitation of the two buildings is being provided by the Commonwealth through a MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to MassDevelopment, by MassMutual, and other sources.  


Click here for a link to the full press release.

We're Participating in Valley Gives Day!
DevelopSpringfield will be participating in Valley Gives Day again this year, a community wide e-philanthropy event to raise funds on-line for charitable organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley.
Please mark your calendars for 12/10/14 (Wednesday, December 10) as a reminder to plan to visit the Valley Gives website to make your contribution.  Gifts made on this special day will help to leverage additional bonus gifts to participating charitable organizations like ours!  So, please plan ahead by marking your calendar and stay tuned for additional updates from us on the simple process for making your gift.
We will be promoting the opportunity to contribute to support the work of DevelopSpringfield on this day especially as we join together with the communities of western Massachusetts for this extraordinary charity fundraising event. 
As a social media event, all of the participating organizations will be spreading the word through e-newsletters, Facebook and Twitter.


Please "Like" us on Facebook and "Follow" us on Twitter and also share our posts and tweets with your own network. The success of this event will rely on expanding our reach, and inspiring you and others to help support the revitalization of Springfield by making a gift to DevelopSpringfield.


Please forward this newsletter to others in the Springfield community to help spread the news!
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