ICON’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Springfield residents in inner city older neighborhoods.
ICON preserves, improves and promotes older neighborhoods, whose residences and businesses reflect a commitment to a safe, attractive, viable, livable environment for residents and entrepreneurs.
ICON supports and partners with community leaders and promotes the election of government leaders who share ICON’s vision and who actively work to enhance the appeal of residential neighborhoods with intentional residential and commercial development.
What is ICON?
Carol Kneedler, Chair,
Polly Poskin, Vice Chair
Darrell Riffey, Treasurer
Suzie Weissburg, Secretary
Karen Jacobs, Parliamentarian
Jamie Adaire, At Large Member
Michael Higgins, At Large Member
The Coalition of Inner City Older Neighborhoods (ICON) first met on Monday, March 29th, 2010. The meeting was the result of discussions among seven inner city neighborhoods about the lack of time, energy, and resources being directed to the older neighborhoods and the resulting blight to the central core of the city. Attending the first meeting were nineteen representatives from 12 neighborhood associations who reviewed and identified their most pressing problems.
Over the next six months these problems were clarified with input from a number of guest speakers into specific items to use as the political agenda for the coalition.
On Monday, October 9th, 2010, 30 representatives from 18 neighborhood associations formally approved the ICON ByLaws, which have been updated several times since.