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Springfield residents pulled together in 2021 and need to continue harnessing the energy they poured into the past year, Mayor Sean VanGordon said.

“In 2021, we worked and showed Springfield was resilient and thriving. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t perfect,” VanGordon said during the annual “State of the City” address, delivered virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. “However, we showed up for each other. That’s what Springfield does. We show up.”

The city has made “significant progress” despite facing many challenges, he said, but officials and residents have to collectively commit to working together if they’re going to have continued success.

He discussed steps forward and what’s yet to come for economic development, public safety, housing and infrastructure.

Springfield is a “community of opportunity,” VanGordon said, that’s open and welcoming, and he wants to see it continue to be that.



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