Springfield on the Move is hoping to help with anyone who is interested in possible retail store openings like – antiques, re-purposed items, art, penny candy, art supplies, comic books, bookstore, upholstery, window treatments, home goods, etc.
Downtown Economic Development – Regular technical assistance continues to downtown businesses, property owners and prospects. Areas of assistance include business recruitment, location assistance, financing, permitting, planning, parking, building improvements and tax credits. Much of this work is in answering questions and needs, and making referrals to other programs as appropriate. Much of our work is with established downtown businesses, additionally important priorities are to fill all downtown vacancies and more fully utilize the Odd Fellows building, the building at One Main Street, and the Woolson Block building.
The downtown economic development committee meets monthly to guide strategy and action items related to encouraging business growth, business retention and new business recruitment. The committee oversaw completion this Summer of a Downtown Business Survey to answer the question “What do our current businesses need?”. We coordinated tours of available downtown space and organized a Creative Economy presentation by Lars Torres of the State Office of the Creative Economy (February 2014) - the presentation highlighted the opportunities in this sector. The committee is finalizing marketing materials that encourage Downtown Springfield as a place to visit and as a place to do business (brochure is draft).
SOM initiated a grant with the town to update the Downtown Master Plan which was last done in 1996. The grant was awarded and SOM now serves on the steering committee with the town, the RPC and the chamber. The Master Plan process will engage the community for input on what changes are needed and desired for downtown. Completion of this project is expected next Summer. The town and SOM collaborated and was awarded a grant through ACCD and ANR to establish an electric car charging station (dual port) within downtown. The project has been delayed due to a site boundary issue, resolution is expect for next Spring/Summer.
Downtown Benefits - Springfield is one of Vermont's twenty three Downtown Programs, as such, provides ready access to downtown tax credits and other benefits. Click here for a complete list of Downtown Benefits. Click here for the Map of the Designated Downtown area.
Whether you need information, want to look at available space or just chat about doing business in Downtown Springfield - call, e-mail or come to see us. We are anxious to talk with you!