For decades, the downtown has been a blemish on Springfield and an issue that was not adequately addressed. In 2010, Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady and Committeeman Jerry Fernandez proposed the creation of a Business Improvement District that would form a public-private partnership with commercial property owners, businesses, resident and Township officials. This designation has been used successfully around the state and in nearby communities to revitalize business districts. Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady, Committeeman Jerry Fernandez and Committeeman Marc Krauss voted to begin the formation of the Springfield Business Improvement District on August 10, 2010 with Resolution 2010-154.
The Business Improvement District focuses on several short-term and long-term facets: visual improvement, maintenance, public space streetscapes, promotions, marketing, liaising with the Township Committee and planning. Thus far, all of their initiatives have been successful and have improved business in Springfield.