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Charlie and Amanda Jackson sing a duet in the Hatch New Media Space on December 7, 2018. Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield opens its doors to the public on the first Friday of every month.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

There are signs the tourism business may be on the upswing in Clark County. Tourist-related revenue there is up by more than $100 million since 2010. That growth is also fueling a welcome boost in hiring in Springfield, as new businesses and attractions pop up, enticing visitors to spend.

What’s behind the positive numbers?

It’s First Friday at the Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield.

Springfield city hall
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Pending a final vote of approval by the Springfield city commission on December 18th, Bryan Heck will assume the city manager’s role in February.

He’ll replace outgoing Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller. Bodenmiller has held the post for the last decade and been a city employee for over 30 years.

Heck says his top priorities include improving internal communications within city departments.

The Springfield Arts Festival is in its 52nd year and growing.
Rod Hatfield.

If you drive through Veterans Park in downtown Springfield in June and July, you may stumble upon hundreds of empty lawn chairs and blankets.

The seats are often there to hold one of the highly coveted spots at the annual Springfield Arts Council Summer Arts Festival.   

Tim Rowe is executive director of the festival. He says the event's popularity continues to grow.   

 

Springfield-based EF Hutton recently launched Meggalife, a social media site designed to help users earn money for retirement while pointing and clicking online.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Two years ago, investment company EF Hutton relocated its headquarters to Springfield, Ohio.

The firm accepted a generous tax-incentive package, promising to invest millions of dollars and create up to 400 jobs in the city.

Some Springfielders say EF Hutton’s progress on these ambitious goals has been too slow. Now, EF Hutton officials hope a newly launched social-media investment platform will help convince the naysayers.

A winter market will be held in Springfield at the Mother Stewart's Brewery.
Mother Stewart's Brewery

The revamped, rebranded Springfield Farmers Market, held downtown outdoors in the summer, has more than doubled in size in 2 years - with more than 40 vendors now participating. And that momentum has led to something new - a winter market.

We’re calling it 'The Market at Mothers.' People can shop local goods, they can drink good beer and just enjoy community together," says Camaren Sloan.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Manager. Which is the organization that manages the Springfield Farmers Market.

Owners of The McAdams Building in Downtown Springfield are applying for 2.5 million dollars in state historic tax credits to renovate the building and turn it into apartments and storefronts.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

A long-vacant downtown Springfield landmark building may soon become home to a new mixed-use development that includes apartments, retail and restaurants.

The Turner Foundation is seeking $2.5 million in historic tax credits for the project, which would redevelop the McAdams building into 58 market-rate apartment units, with restaurants and retail on the first floor.

The project is estimated to cost around $17 million.

Dan Gummel

Downtown Springfield has seen a flurry of development in the last year, with new small businesses, luxury lofts and a brewery all opening their doors.

One of the most high-profile new developments is Hatch Artist Studios, where a $500,000 renovation is transforming the long-vacant Metallic Casket Company complex into studios for artists and small business owners.

Springfield artist and Turner Foundation creative director Rod Hatfield says the complex was chosen for renovation because of its central downtown location and its significance to the city.

Two EF Hutton directors, and one former director, stand in front of the company's new headquarters in downtown Springfield in 2016.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

Springfield City Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton. 

The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees.

Springfield Hosts Presidential Advisors Debate

Oct 6, 2016
Daniel Gummel

This past weekend Springfield played host to a debate between economic advisors for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The debate featured Peter Navarro, a Trump campaign economic advisor and Austan Goolsbee, former senior economic policy advisor for Barack Obama and current Clinton campaign consultant.   Both men presented their candidate’s economic platforms including plans to bring jobs and prosperity back to the region.

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

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