Press Release, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
City Encourages Residents to Take On-Line Survey to Provide Input for Disaster Resilience Work
September 1, 2015 –Springfield, MA- The City of Springfield has advanced to the Final Round of competitive funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Resiliency Disaster Competition and plans to apply for an estimated $60 million to make the City more resilient against future natural disasters.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “In the days and months after the multiple disasters Springfield faced I pledged we would go after all money available. The City is currently in the process of applying for a significant grant and public input is critical to this endeavor. I am asking all residents to please participate and provide their input into our recovery process.”
The City needs resident input on their proposed ideas and has launched an on-line survey, in English and Spanish, at:
Paper copies of the survey are also available at the following locations:
· Mayor’s Office, City Hall, Room 214, 36 Court Street, Springfield
· Office of Disaster Recovery, City Hall, Room 405, Springfield
· Office of Planning & Economic Development, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield
· Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield
The City is seeking $60 million in federal disaster recovery funds to increase the City’s resilience. Drawing on strategies identified in the recently-completed regional Sustainable Communities initiative, and informed by resident input during Phase 1 of the funding application process, Springfield is proposing to increase the resilience of its low-income and vulnerable residents through a portfolio of interventions, each of which is designed to provide environmental, economic and social benefits to it urban core riverfront neighborhoods. By jump-starting the recommended strategies and interventions, Springfield will serve as a model for other urbanized watersheds.
The City is focusing on four areas: 1) Flood and Heat Protection for Vulnerable Populations and Critical Services; 2) Clean and Redundant Energy Supply; 3) Healthy People, and 4) Improving the Business Environment. Some of the specific project ideas include planting many more trees, repairing aging housing stock in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, generating clean energy from hydro-power, and facilitating workforce readiness of unemployed and under-employed residents.
In addition to this on-line survey, the City is also holding a public input session on September 15 from 5-6:30 at the offices of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, 2nd Floor meeting room. Simultaneous translation in Spanish will be provided.
To review the City's Round One application, go to:
Questions regarding this survey can be directed to Catherine Ratte at PVPC (413) 285-1174.