Forward-thinking community leaders and institutions of higher education have teamed up to secure federal funding to bring their digital economy ecosystem to life in their town on the banks of Maine's Kennebec River.
Recently listed by PC Mag as a 2021 top-ten “Work From Home Town,” Springfield has gigabit fiber connectivity, a boutique cinema, a craft brewery, a micro coffee roaster and café, and farm-to-table dining — all within 30 minutes of prime skiing.
How did this town of 20,000 reach these heights? Through foresight into how the economy was changing — and a concerted effort to adapt to it. Local leaders knew that the local job market was too reliant on tourism and natural resource extraction.
Like many rural communities, its economy had struggled to rebound from the Great Recession, and while the economy was transitioning to more tech-based employment, Cape Girardeau was slow to develop a digital economy.