A delegation from the City to City project in Massachusetts will be visiting Winston-Salem Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 to meet with local decision-makers in business, government and the community to learn more about how Winston-Salem transformed its local economy over the past 20 years.
City to City is an informal gathering of civic leaders -- culturally diverse -- from business, government and nonprofits who share a common interest in learning about models for change and development that could be used in Springfield, Mass.
The delegation is visiting "resurgent cities" as identified by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which initiated the City to City project to improve economic and social conditions in Springfield. Springfield is New England's fourth-largest city, after Boston, Worcester, Mass., and Providence, R.I.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston identified 25 peer cities in the United States that best matched Springfield's profile as a mid-size city that suffered as its manufacturing base declined. Of these 25, 10 cities, including Winston-Salem, were classified as resurgent cities for having fared substantially better than the others, based on family income, poverty rates, population trends and reputation among economic development experts.
Mayor Allen Joines said, "Winston-Salem is very honored to have been identified as a 'resurgent city.' It further validates our efforts at rebuilding our economy."