Piero Taico is the new assistant director for Downtown Springfield Inc (DSI). Taico will be responsible for all aspects of the Old Capitol Farmers Market and building relationships with DSI’s membership and volunteer groups.

He 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 toward statewide organizing.

Taico is also active in DSI’s Momentum on Main Street committee and helped organize the Cash Mob series, bringing more attention and patronage to downtown members. He has also served on the steering committee for Springfield’s Local Food, Local Places grant, which brought together the community for a two-day workshop and created an action plan to help made downtown Springfield a leader in local foods throughout central Illinois.