Led by Fred Rose, lecturer for the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Springfield Initiative provides a bridge between university research and resources and city residents working to make their lives and communities better. Its focus is on strategies to improve the lives of marginalized communities as an integral part of improving the prosperity of cities and regions.
As a university-community partnership, the Initiative will respond to research and development needs and priorities from the community, and initiate its own projects around issues of critical importance and potential. The Intiative has the ability to act as a convener of stakeholders, to bring rigorous research and theoretical perspectives to development processes, and to inform local initiatives with best practices.
For the most up-to-date information on the Initiative and its events, visit the Wellspring Initiative's blog.