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Community Leadership Visit


Visit locations:
2018 Chattanooga, TN
2017 Boise, ID

2016 Greenville, SC

2015 Huntsville, AL
2014 Omaha, NE
2013 Nashville, TN
2012 Fort Collins, CO
2011 Tupelo, MS
2010 Springfield, MO
2009 Grand Rapids, MI
2008 Madison, WI
2007 Knoxville, TN
2006 Oklahoma City, OK
2005 Des Moines, IA
2004 Asheville, NC
2003 Lexington, KY
2002 Little Rock, AR
2001 Charlotte, NC
2000 Spokane, WA
1999 Colorado Springs
1998 Chattanooga, TN
1997 Boise, ID
1996 Peoria, IL
1995 Tulsa, OK
1994 Spartanburg, SC

For a quarter-century, a delegation of Springfield community leaders has traveled to a peer city, to learn from the experiences of another community and to bring back ideas that will benefit the Springfield region. These visits have provided the opportunity to learn “best practices” from other areas, especially with regards to downtown redevelopment, regional partnerships, and overall community betterment. These Community Leadership Visits offer the opportunity for interaction with leaders in other parts of the country and relationship building among our own local leadership, which is just another element of this successful program.

There are many examples of the tangible benefits Community Leadership Visits have brought to Springfield. The visit to Lexington, Kentucky was the catalyst for developing and implementing the Community Focus Report. The trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, spurred community leaders to accelerate plans to expand our airport, and the Des Moines, Iowa, visit prompted the airport name change to the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The Boise, Idaho, visit sparked the formation of the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, and the trip to Grand Rapids was the impetus for the Facing Racism program, to name a few. Click on the links on the left to learn about each visit.