WASHINGTON, DC – The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, based in Springfield, Massachusetts received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the The Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress 2015-2025.
The new 2015 Plan for Progress is the region's economic development strategy, setting forth a broad vision of "A strong, innovative, engaging, and vibrant economy and quality of life that fosters prosperity and sustainability and is driven by collaborative leadership."
To achieve this vision, the Plan for Progress has the following four major goals, each of which includes detailed strategies and action steps:
An Executive Summary of the Plan is also available. To assess progress towards stated goals, a metrics-based accountability system is in place, utilizing critical data to assess economic trends at http://www.stateofthepioneervalley.org/.
For more information or to get involved in Plan for Progress implementation efforts, please email your contact information to LSullivan@pvpc.org.
2015 Plan for Progress (PFP) Articles
Entrepreneurial spirit(s) in the Pioneer Valley...
Guest authored by Thom Fox
Valley Fest will highlight more than 50 craft-beer brewers, introducing their products to thousands of New England aficionados. But it's more than a celebration of craft beer. Valley Fest is evidence of Springfield's ongoing entrepreneurial renaissance.
Guest authored by Dan Hodge and Chris Sikes - While the Pioneer Valley has long been known for its large number of esteemed colleges and universities and a few large private companies and hospitals (e.g., MassMutual and Baystate Health), the region’s economy is largely driven by its small to medium-sized businesses.
Guest authored by Marla Michel
In early June, a really cool thing happened in the Pioneer Valley: a civic hackathon.
I know what you’re thinking. “Hackathon? What’s that?” Don’t be scared. The FBI is not going to come get you because you said the word.
The last in a series of four WGBY Connecting Point shows on the Plan for Progress will air tonight, June 1st. Jim Madigan talks with four community and regional leaders who are highly accomplished at outreach and collaboration.