A marketing initiative directed at alumni of Springfield's colleges and universities began with a four-page piece in the winter issue of Drury Magazine (read more).
On Monday, April 16, the board of directors of the Springfield Business and Development Corporation unanimously elected to retain the services of Resource Development Group (RDG), a Columbus, Ohio-based economic development consulting firm, to manage the Partnership for Prosperity II capital campaign (read more).
The SBDC and Chamber boards both approved an updated Memorandum of Understanding with Missouri State University during board meetings on April 16. This newly approved version will replace the original which was approved in February 2003 (read more).
For the second straight year, the St. Louis Business Journal has focused on Springfield's community and economic development program, the region's workforce and population growth, center city revitalization, business success stories and this market's overall impact on the state's economy. Take a look at featured articles.
The Missouri General Assembly last week took another step toward passing much needed improvements to perhaps the most effective economic development incentive program in the state's history. The Missouri Quality Jobs program is designed to entice quality job creation by providing saleable tax credits and withholding tax rebates to Missouri companies that create jobs at wages above the county average wage -- and those firms who pay at least half of the new employee's health insurance premiums (read more).
Keep an eye out for the kickoff of The Network! It's an organization being formed by the Chamber to position Springfield as an attractive community for professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. Events and activities in the near future will focus on networking, professional development, a CEO roundtable and more. If your business or professional organization has employees in this age group, encourage them to get involved in The Network! For more information, email Kristen Westerman.
The Springfield Business & Development Corporation is the economic development subsidiary of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and its mission is to provide a continued revenue source for the Chamber's economic development program, assisting business and industry, and attracting new business and industry to the Springfield area.
Immigration Forum 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Michael Jaromin, district director of the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services office, will present information to help local employers ensure they are hiring legal immigrants as well as a program on the various forms of visas and how to apply for them. The program is free to Chamber members. Contact Kristen Westerman for more information or to RSVP.
The Network Kickoff 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 Hammons Field, J Bucks Patio
All Chamber members are invited to celebrate the kickoff of The Network (including young and seasoned professionals). The Network is an organization formed for professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. Events and activities in the near future will focus on networking, professional development, a CEO roundtable and more. Register now.