Wednesday, January 04, 2012 • 12:34 PM Comments ()

Speak Now

posted by Maureen Turner

Tomorrow is the final public-input meeting of Rebuild Springfield, the public-private group put together to address ways to rebuild and improve the city after the June 1 tornado.

The group will hold a city-wide meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's Social Center at 375 Island Pond Rd., where participants will be asked to weigh in with their thoughts about rebuilding efforts.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Rebuild Springfield will present its master plan for those efforts, “incorporating the ideas and needs of the residents and stakeholders” and developed by Concordia, LLC, a private firm hired by the group. That meeting will also be from 6:30 to 8:30 at St. Anthony’s.

If you can’t get to tomorrow’s meeting, you can still make your voice heard —on line here, or in writing to: DevelopSpringfield, 1182 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103.

Rebuild Springfield has held 10 public meetings since October; notes from those meetings can be found on its website.

In addition, a Community-Labor Rebuilding Coalition has formed to press for the rebuilding efforts to do right by local workers. “The Coalition advocates for local people to get jobs with good pay and benefits, doing work that the community needs, with solid long-term community benefits,” according to organizers.

The coalition comprises 14 labor and community groups, including Arise for Social Justice, the Pioneer Valley Project, Western Mass. Jobs With Justice, Carpenters Local 108, United Auto Workers Local 2322 and the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council.

The group holds open meetings every Friday at 11 a.m. at the labor council office at 640 Page Blvd. For information, call 413-731-0760.

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