Mayor Roxann D. Wedegartner and Greenfield’s Office of Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams announce participation in the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative’s (MDI) Local Rapid Recovery Planning program (LRRP). The initial component of this program includes a survey of owners (or managers) of commercial business establishments in downtown Greenfield – this includes both for-profits and non-profits; and even if your business is temporarily closed. In February 2021, Greenfield was informed by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) about this incoming technical assistance from MDI in recognition of the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on local, downtown businesses. You can view the map of Greenfield’s LRRP downtown study area here: /files/Local_Rapid_Recovery_Planning-Downtown_Study_Area.pdf
According to the Commonwealth, “The primary mission of the MDI is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. MDI's guiding principles are that the most effective approach to downtown revitalization is a holistic one; that it addresses economic and community development needs; and that it provides a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous.”
Managers and/or business owners are encouraged to complete this survey as soon as possible here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/LRRPBiz
According to Mayor Wedegartner, “At this point in time – we need to be doing everything possible to support the reopening and post-pandemic recovery of our businesses, downtown, and commercial districts in Greenfield. I strongly encourage all pertinent business owners and/or managers to complete this survey immediately to help with these important efforts.”
MJ Adams stated, “Good, current data - that's what will strengthen our ability to move forward with a solid understanding of the needs of our local businesses and organizations as we make a game plan to recover from the pandemic's economic impact on the heartbeat of Greenfield’s Business District.”
If you have any questions or concerns about the LRRP in Greenfield, please feel free to contact the city’s Office of Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-772-1548.