To create a sustained system for lifting people out of poverty by creating an environment whereby neighbors from throughout the community work together to address challenges and create opportunities.
- We will work alongside the community, rather than imposing projects or actions onto the neighborhoods or present as if “we” are trying to help “them.”
- Our focus will be resident-centric, meaning that every decision will take into account the wants and needs of the residents first and foremost.
- We will focus on systemic, sustainable change.
- We will recruit/create new leaders in the community.
- We will measure and publicize results.
- We will find ways to incentivize participation (through education and/or $)
During the 18-Month Zone Blitz implementation, we will ...
- Address the top priorities from the Community Listen tour, but also address other stated issues/problems as able.
- Use a “barn raising” model – everyone will need to contribute and work together to “move the needle” on community priorities and other “neighborhood health indicators” - Engage the business, faith, medical, education and non-profit service communities in plan development and implementation.
- Capitalize on existing neighborhood pride; build on this strength by engaging neighborhood residents in solutions.
- Stress the importance of this project to all Springfield citizens via a broad-based community education campaign.
- Focus the investment of City funds in the areas identified during the Community Listen Tour to improve these and other “neighborhood health indicators.”
- Address the Zone 1 “food desert” and encourage/incentivize community gardens.
- Develop/Expand programs focused on assisting children in poverty.
Who are the partners in the Zone Blitz initiative?
Following the May 2015 Community Listen tour, the City and its more than 40 partners grew to an army of more than 300 individual volunteers and more than 200 partner organizations. Recruited largely in part by City Manager Burris, partner organizations agreed to immediate action planning to improve life in Springfield's under-resourced neighborhoods. View the full list of partner organizations.
How does Zone Blitz fit in with other poverty initiatives?
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CU Community Credit Union Dec. 1, 2015 announced the Fresh Start Loan Program to provide relief to people struggling in the payday loan cycle.
Thrivent Financial presented a $50,000 check to Convoy of Hope Jan. 13, 2016 to be used to assist nine Zone 1 church congregations in improving quality of life services in their neighborhoods.
A $200,000 grant to The Missouri Job Center will provide job opportunities in the city’s northwest quadrant.
On April 5, 2016, Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced a $500,000 grant to fund a program led by Missouri State, the Drew Lewis Foundation@The Fairbanks and Drury University.
Co-hosted by Convoy of Hope and the City of Springfield May 7, 2016, this event offered free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and
Price Cutter reopened its store at Commercial and Grant March 30, 2016, filling a gap in a lack of grocery options for residents in the area.
Starting in the fall of 2016, the City's Public Works department will begin installation of now-missing sidewalk segments and improve the creek crossing near Watkins Elementary School.
Light refreshments were served as people arrived for the event.
Kim Reser, Assistant Director, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, welcomed everyone to Nichols Park for the Zone Blitz launch.
A standing room only crowd included citizens, City staff, City Council members and representatives from some of the 200 partner organizations involved with Zone Blitz.
“I’m proud of my fellow north side neighbors, who work so hard to make Springfield’s north side a great place to live,” said Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson. “I’m proud of my City Council colleag
Craig Fishel, a Councilman from Springfield’s Zone 4, where many of Springfield’s most affluent residents are located, has been particularly helpful in NOT ignoring the challenges that residents face
The crowd of attendees outgrew the Nichols Park pavilion.
Bridget Dierks, CFO’s grant program officer, said she hopes the five-year Northwest Project will become a transformative model for the community, where immediate needs are addressed, but also where fa
Director of Workforce Development, Mary Ann Rojas, announced that the Workforce Investment Board recently approved opening a Zone 1 Job Center to be housed on the first floor of Cox Medical Tower.
Teresa Coyan, Legislative and Public Affairs Manager with CoxHealth, spoke about the potential community benefit as CoxHealth and Workforce Development partner to open the Zone 1 Job Center.
Maggie Castrey (right), with both the Ozarks Mental Health Network and League of Women Voters, reviews some of the Zone Blitz literature with Phyllis Netzer, member of the West Central Neighborhood Al
Mayor Bob Stephens reads a proclamation as several Zone 1 neighborhood association leaders stand by his side.
Cars filled the parking lot and stretched all the way to Nichols Street.
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Data presented at the Community Listen meetings
Negative data indicators such as crime, illness and poverty were more found to be more concentrated in Springfield's northwest quadrant (also known as Zone 1, while positive indicators such as food and play space access were lacking. City leaders looked back at five to 10 years’ worth of data and saw this was more than a snapshot in time. View the data by clicking the links below.
- Bissett Data
- Demographic Snapshot: Bissett/Fairfield Acres
- Educational Attainment Map: 2009-2013
- Fire Calls Map: 2014
- Food Access Map: 2015
- Foreclosures Map: 2014
- Low Birth Weight Babies Map: 2011-2013
- Median Household Income Map: 2009-2013
- Mothers Age 15-19 Map: 2011-2013
- Mothers on Medicaid at Birth Map: 2011-2013
- Owner Occupancy Map: 2014
- Playspace Availability Map: 2014
- Property Crimes Map: 2014
- R-12 Free or Reduced Lunches Map: 2014-2015
- R-12 Student Mobility Map: 2014
- Service Requests Map: 2014
- Unemployment Rate Map: 2009-2013
- Violent Crimes Map: 2014
- Voter Turnout Map: 2012
Who is representing you?
View Zone 1 City Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson's video profile below.