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Springfield’s Talent Attraction Initiative wins international award

Springfield’s Talent Attraction Initiative wins international award Companies continue to tell the Chamber and our economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, about the need for additional skilled workers to meet the demands of growth. It’s why the Chamber officially added workforce development as a fourth strategic area of focus, and why the SBDC…

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Education leaders discuss innovation, workforce preparedness

Education leaders discuss innovation, workforce preparedness The third event in the Springfield Business Development Corporation’s Outlook series focused on education and featured four panelists offering their insights on innovation in a rapidly changing world. Before the panelists took the stage, Chamber Vice President of Workforce Development Lindsay Haymes provided an overview of the Chamber and…

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Honoring those who protect us every day

Honoring those who protect us every day Most of us hope that we never need to call on the services of one of our community’s many first responders. But whether it’s the police, sheriffs, firefighters or medical professionals that answer calls for help, they play a critical role in keeping us safe every day. The…

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The Reach Campaign begins Year Two

The Reach Campaign begins Year Two The Reach Campaign is off and running for 2017, and the second year of the Chamber’s new efforts officially launched on Sept. 14 with the kickoff event at the Savoy Ballroom. Reach is the Chamber’s reimagined idea to offer members ways to invest in the Chamber and support the…

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Keeping you informed about Chamber progress

Keeping you informed about Chamber progress Nearly 450 Chamber members gathered at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center on August 9 for the Annual Membership Luncheon to hear from Chamber leaders about the progress we’ve made through the first half of 2017. The purpose of the luncheon each year is to keep members informed about…

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Collecting ideas to address transportation funding

Collecting ideas to address transportation funding The Chamber has long advocated for increased funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure. Because of the direct correlation between transportation and economic development, we applaud any statewide effort to improve Missouri’s system. Last legislative session, the General Assembly created the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force. The group has…

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Furthering a long-standing military relationship

Furthering a long-standing military relationship The Chamber has long been supportive of the work of our nation’s military and our veterans, and nowhere is that on display more than our connection with one of the country’s most important military installations – a facility just a few miles up the interstate, Fort Leonard Wood. The Fort…

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The value of investing in the future

The value of investing in the future A central theme emerged at the 2017 Economic Outlook event on August 23: our region’s economy is strong, but maintaining that strength will require investment in our future. Hosted by the Springfield Business Development Corporation (the Chamber’s economic development arm), the second in this year’s new Outlook series…

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Young entrepreneurs share their experience

Young entrepreneurs share their experience Taking the plunge to start your own business takes courage, commitment and encouragement. So it’s not surprising that successful entrepreneurs often have interesting stories to tell and valuable advice to offer. The Network, the Chamber’s young professionals group, brought together three such storytellers at the Young Entrepreneur Panel, held August…

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Coming to the table to find common ground

Coming to the table to find common ground Public safety is critical to our region’s economic prosperity, and the need for resolution to the ongoing lawsuit between our local governments is at the top of the list of ways to ensure that continued prosperity. On July 28, the City of Springfield, Greene County Commission and…

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