Each week on “On a Mission” we talk to community leaders who are out to make a positive impact in the area. Today, our host Wendy Norfleet talks to Kelly Rich from Springfield Preservation and Revitalization.
Springfield Preservation and Revitalization nonprofit working to preserve and protect Historic Springfield while also working to help the community grow and succeed.
To learn more, visit https://www.sparcouncil.org
How do you define success?: When people say they used to be scared of Springfield but after they came to an event, they loved it and can’t wait to go back!
Who in the industry inspires you and why?: SPAR works closely with several other neighborhood organizations to collaborate and work together. RAP, SMPS, DVI, ECDC, RYD are regular partners to SPAR.
What is a tip for success that you would provide someone in your same industry?: Don’t be silo-ed into your community. We’ve been successful with “blurring the lines” of neighborhood boundaries for the success of both areas.
What excites you most about your industry?: Being around people and sharing about the city and our beloved neighborhood.
What is the biggest challenge you think you or your organization is going to face in the upcoming year?: Our residential real estate market has been pretty intense in the past year. I’m glad houses are selling at great prices but I worry the repercussions of pricing people out of our economically diverse authenticity.
Who is a Trustee in our community that you admire and why?: Too many to name.