EXTRA is an online, interactive speaker series by The Next 10 focused on further developing the ideas that emerged in late 2020 from the Greater Springfield community (see the Ideas Wall and Interactive Map). Now, TN10 is eliciting the help of local residents, community leaders and national experts to inspire, inform and put details to catalytic projects for the community’s future, including identification of the champions, resources and policies that must be in place to seek new opportunities. Through the EXTRA series, community members will have an opportunity to dive deeper into the emerging initiatives and how the community can move them forward.
EXTRA Session 2: Investing in the Creative Economy
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CT
Springfield’s rich cultural scene has been a gem for locals and visitors alike—but what if it became the jewel in the community’s crown? What if Springfield’s arts and culture scene could drive economic opportunity, draw talent, and enrich and educate those from here and far on a bigger scale? In this extended EXTRA session, you’ll hear how arts, cultural tourism and the creative scene are driving development and investment nationally—and what it would take to position Springfield as a center for creative industry.
EXTRA Session 1: Revitalizing Downtown Springfield
MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021
1:00 – 2:00PM CT
The Next 10 revealed broad support for a vibrant Downtown Springfield, so how do we get there? Hear from experts who have been in the downtown world for decades discuss what it takes to revitalize a city center. In this EXTRA session, we talk housing, development, catalytic investments, programming, culture and the diverse new approaches for shaping downtowns—and how to make it all happen in our community.