Independent Coalition for Our Neighborhoods

Small-scale development workshop with Bernice Radle – Friday November 16

Springfield ICON will host a discussion about small-scale development in Springfield’s older neighborhoods on Friday November 16 from 8:30-11:30am.

Participating in the workshop will be Bernice Radle, the founder and CEO of Buffalove Development and Little Wheel Hustle, companies in Buffalo, NY that work to bring vacant spaces back to life. Her projects have been featured in TedxBuffalo, in the NYTimes, and on American Rehab Buffalo on HGTV / DIY Network, and her work has received awards for historic preservation.  Bernice is the keynote speaker at ICON’s Annual Party Fundraiser on Thursday evening, and on Friday morning she will present more in-depth information about her work and answer questions.

Bernice will also participate on a panel with local people involved in development in Springfield’s neighborhoods to talk about their experiences.

One of our goals for the workshop is to foster partnerships between businesses that could collaborate to create economic development by rehabbing older properties or developing vacant lots in Springfield, thereby increasing property values throughout the city.  If you know of anyone doing work in older neighborhoods – we’d love to have a good turnout and lively discussion on Friday morning – please feel free to forward a link to this post.

There is no cost to attend, but we request you RSVP to or 217-528-9803.

Location & Parking

The workshop will be at the Illinois Association of Realtors, 522 S 5th St, Springfield, IL 62701. Please plan to park offsite since the event will be during business hours.  There is street parking in front of our building, or we suggest the parking ramp at 6th and Capitol, which is just a few short blocks away.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The Springfield Business Journal… and the Illinois Times…

Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association & Enos Park Development…

John Shafer & Associates…

Illinois Association of Realtors…