Downtown Springfield Inc. Names Piero Taico as Assistant Director

CUDNTWN – Downtown Springfield Inc (DSI) welcomed Piero Taico as the new Assistant Director.  Taico will be responsible for all aspects of the Old Capitol Farmers Market (OCFM) and building relationships with DSI’s membership and volunteer groups.

No stranger to Downtown, Taico has worked and volunteered for years with DSI partners and members. Taico became familiar with the needs of the downtown business community while he worked as a photographer for Springfield’s Own Magazine (2017-2019) and baking croissants with Incredibly Delicious (2019). Most recently, Taico served as the Communications Coordinator for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, aiding in their shift towards statewide organizing. While working for the Alliance, he visited farms and farmers markets from Carbondale to Chicago, telling the story of revitalizing Illinois’ regional food system to help shift policy and empower local farm and food businesses. 

A current member of DSI’s Momentum on Main Street committee, Taico was one of the faces behind our Cash Mob series, helping bring more attention and patronage to our downtown members. In 2020, he also sat on the steering committee for Springfield’s Local Food, Local Places grant, which brought together our community for a two-day workshop and created an action plan to help make Downtown Springfield a local food leader in central Illinois.

Piero can be reached at or (217)-544-1723.

Downtown Springfield, Inc. (“DSI”) is a 501(c)6 business association and Main Street organization working to increase economic and cultural vitality in historic downtown Springfield. DSI is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.