A strong economy improves the livability of a neighborhood, improving housing stock, attracting new residents, increasing school success, reducing crime and contributing to the health of children and families.
Mansfield was once a booming industrial hub, but no longer. However, there are new strategies for economic development emerging. From small businesses to healthcare-related industries, resources are becoming available to support their growth.
The North End is rich in assets, both social and economic. Leadership from the non-profit sector, elders, faith-based groups, and the community’s young adults have begun the process of creating community-driven strategies that connect economic development opportunities.
Economic Development Recommendations:
- Surveyed North End residents indicated that the most needed business on the North End is a grocery store. Moreover, residents indicated that business development efforts should focus on the following: 1) more locally owned and operated businesses, 2) businesses that create jobs, particularly those that pay a “living wage,” 3) more African-American owned businesses, 4) the creation of affordable, recreation businesses for kids of all ages, 5) more businesses within walking distance of the neighborhoods.
- Redevelop vacant commercial properties and land.
- Encourage small business development through micro-lending, new market tax credits, etc.
- Target resources to use the Arts as an economic development strategy.
- Develop commercial nodes in well-traveled intersections, and target areas.
- Prioritize workforce development.
- Explore worker owned business ownership models