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PodCamp: One Local Woman Works to Innovate Springfield

Katie Davidson explains the mission of Innovate Springfield to podcamper Evan Klein
Katie Buck
NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS
Katie Davidson explains the mission of Innovate Springfield to podcamper Evan Klein


Hello, I’m Evan Klein For the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Katie Davison, works for Innovate Springfield, a business incubator.

"Everything has been new. I think getting our first members in because our whole purpose is to get people who want to start companies to join our organization as members."

They are a pretty new group and thirsty for members so they hired people to advertise for them. They must have done a good job because they had 50 at once as of June 21, 2018.


"I have two co-workers, Nadia Gronkowski is our social innovation program coordinator, and Sarah Beth Ayers is our community manager, and the three of use work really well together. That's really important for the work we do, that we have a strong team that sees the common vision, and is able to carry it out."

They are a small group but can still get the job done. They all have different jobs. They all work really hard and want the same thing. They like to help people.

"I heard about this new thing they were trying to do in Springfield, a business incubator where companies come and get what they need to help them start new companies."

She thought that this would help Springfield and she knows that she needs to help new companies.

This has been Evan Klein for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.


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  NPR Illinois PodCamp is an annual program teaching media literacy, civic education, journalism, and technical skills to aspiring students.

Evan is an 11 year old at Glenwood Intermet School. He enjoys listeining to podcasts, playing video games, and reading.
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