A Springfield non-profit is unveiling an 8-minute video on Thursday night designed to encourage workers from other communities to take a closer look at Clark County’s housing options.
The Springfield Foundation spent about $5,000 to film and edit the video, which will be displayed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mother Stewart’s Brewery, 109 W. North St. in Springfield, said Ted Vander Roest, the non-profit’s executive director.
Vander Roest said it was developed after Sunny Dhingra, president of the board for the Springfield Board of Realtors, mentioned local real estate agents had few options to show clients what the city has to offer. The city, as well as the Chamber of Greater Springfield, are working to develop new housing options to encourage workers to live in Clark County.
“It’s a marketing tool to promote Springfield,” Vander Roest said of the video.
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Dhingra could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Filming for the video started last fall, and it was directed by Rod Hatfield, a local artist, Vander Roest said. It’s possible the city could make the video available on its website as well.
The video highlights several of Springfield’s neighborhoods including Northridge, Kingsgate Commons, and the city’s historic neighborhoods, Vander Roest said. It also highlights several of the region’s amenities, including its park system and cultural amenities like the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Museum of Art.
“It covers just about anything we could think of,” Vander Roest said.
Local economic development officials have said newer housing options are needed for workers from companies like Topre and Silfex that have pledged to create hundreds of jobs in Clark County.