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Springfield Looks to the Future Generation For Ideas

The city of Springfield is having its first ever “Community Visioning Challenge” which will end up giving the city a long term plan for improving Springfield. But, instead of having officials come up with ideas, Springfield is asking its future leaders. KSMU’s Adam Hammons reports.

The city has formed teams of students from local universities and high schools and asked them this question: what city characteristics, features and amenities would make you want to live in Springfield for the next 20 years?

Over the next few months these teams will work on finding an answer. By April they will present their ideas to City Council which will then work on a long term plan for the city.

The Community Visioning Challenge is actually a contest to see which young team comes up with the best ideas.

Springfield asked students because not only are they future residents, but the future workforce, voters, and community leaders of the city.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.