Archive for 2015

Fed study shows Springfield businesses are generally optimistic

Fed study shows Springfield businesses are generally optimistic Businesses in the Springfield area are generally optimistic according to results from a recent Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis survey. On June 29, regional economist Charles Gascon discussed themes from the survey of more than 100 area businesses, as well as highlights from the Fed’s economic analysis of the region.…

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Legislators weigh in on hits and misses from the session

Legislators weigh in on hits and misses from the session Members packed the Chamber to hear state Senator Mike Parson and Representative Kevin Austin share their take on what—at least from a Chamber perspective—was one of the strongest legislative sessions in many years. “This has been a very successful year for southwest Missouri,” Parson said. “It is…

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SBDC helps land new American Airlines service

SBDC helps land new American Airlines service The airport is not just about getting to a sunny beach or a luxurious resort—we like those things too—but for the Chamber and the Springfield Business Development Corporation, our airport is about connecting commerce, economic development opportunities and ultimately, job creation. Each day decision-makers come into the Springfield region…

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Nixon signs legislation to protect businesses, taxpayers

Nixon signs legislation to protect businesses, taxpayers Picture this—you’re busy at work, when you get a letter from the Missouri Department of Revenue saying that you have to pay more than $90,000 in back taxes you never knew you owed. This is the scenario that state legislators are putting a stop to with a bill recently…

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Series: Making room for economic growth

Series: Making room for economic growth Economic development is an ongoing, competitive process.  We are always competing with other regions across the country and around the globe both to attract businesses as well as keep the employers we already have.  To stay in the running, we have to ask ourselves, “do we have the best…

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Legislation brings needed health care training programs to Springfield

Legislation brings needed health care training programs to Springfield Thanks to the $26 billion budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last month, Springfield will receive $10 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus as well as $1.3 million for occupational therapy and other related programs…

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Manufacturer announces $7M expansion, 65 new jobs

Manufacturer announces $7M expansion, 65 new jobs Digital Monitoring Products announced during its 40th anniversary celebration today that the company plans to create 65 new jobs and invest approximately $7 million at its facility in Springfield’s Partnership Industrial Center. A family-owned company, DMP was established in 1975 and manufactures advanced electronics security and monitoring products that include…

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Check out our 2015 Legislative Recap

Check out our 2015 Legislative Recap State Legislative Recap During the 2015 legislative session, over 2000 bills were filed and in the end, only 133 bills passed.  Due to a filibuster and a procedural move in the Senate, only two pieces of legislation passed out of that chamber during the last week – which has historically been…

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Springfield named top city to start a business

Springfield named top city to start a business Springfield is the 3rd best city in the nation to start a business and the top city when it comes to accessing resources for startups, says a study published by personal finance site WalletHub. The study ranked the 150 largest U.S. cities across two key dimensions, “Access to…

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Deadlines loom as lawmakers weigh critical legislation

Deadlines loom as lawmakers weigh critical legislation With just days remaining in the legislative session, the state capitol is abuzz with activity. Meanwhile, at the federal level, lawmakers are also facing tight deadlines on key business issues. Check out the update below to see where a few of the Chamber’s top priorities stand. State Legislative…

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