InFocus: What the future holds for the City of Springfield

City planners believe the city's private business relationships are key to long term economic success

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a new sense of optimism in the air in Springfield.The city that was once a mecca of economic development at the crossroads of New England seems to be experiencing a flurry of economic growth.

This Sunday, 22News InFocus presents a one hour special on Springfield, and how the city’s success affects the region.We’ll take you on a tour of the city and discuss the issues on residents’ minds: economic development, public health and safety, education, transportation and the long term plan to make Springfield, and the region, an attractive place to live and work.

We’ve talked with representatives of city government as well as public and private organizations and businesses with long term investment in the city.You’ll hear about what’s being done to stimulate revitalization and economic development to help create a stable economic base, safe neighborhoods and quality housing.You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to make the downtown more walk-able, how private and public businesses are investing in ways to clean up the streets, open storefronts, fuel innovation and redesign the entertainment district into a dining district.

You can watch the 22News InFocus one hour special on Springfield this Sunday at noon, LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the 22News app. And if you miss it, you’ll find it on our website at