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Nearly $700,000 raised for Springfield economic development, educational opportunities


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A community organizer and her team spent the pandemic researching and applying for grant resources to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Springfield’s economy and education system by providing funding opportunities and technical assistance.

The funds will be used to create and maintain the efforts of the Springfield Creative City Collective. As a coalition of economic development stakeholders, the Springfield Creative City Collective aims to transform and revitalize the Springfield cultural and creative economy by implementing sustainable and culturally competent initiatives that include advocacy, racial equity, social justice, professional development, and strategic resources. Funding is going towards addressing the intersecting systemic issues that are limiting the growth and prosperity of the overall creative and cultural economy.

Springfield Creative City Collective community organizer, Tiffany Allecia said, “we know as a majority Black, Brown and low income community we were disproportionately affected by the aforementioned consequences, which is why we have worked together to identify our needs and seek financial support to develop sustainable solutions. The process of raising $690,000 was dynamic, strategic and a collective effort.”

According to Allecia, their goal was to design meaningful and sustainable solutions to address the intersecting inequities and disparities of Springfield. One way […]

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