The 2009 Competitive Assessment was conducted by Market Street Services, a community and economic development consulting firm. This report highlights the socio-economic strengths and weaknesses of the area as determined by this firm. For the purpose of this assessment Springfield was compared to Knoxville, Tennessee, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kalamazoo, Michigan under the categories of "People, Prosperity and Place."
Strengths and weaknesses are featured for each topic area of people, prosperity and place in the Competitive Assessment Overview [pdf] and in the Springfield Business Journal's article, "Report cites job growth, low wages as Springfield issues."
Highlighted strengths from the assessment include:
A sampling of weaknesses in the assessment include:
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