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Celebrating a virtual Good Morning, Springfield! Dr. Nicole Holt, Springfield Public Schools’ deputy superintendent of academics, offers an update from the school district during the July 2 edition of Good Morning, Springfield! with Chamber President Matt Morrow.  The Chamber’s monthly networking series – Good Morning, Springfield! – has, like most in-person events in our world…

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A virtual meeting with one of Springfield’s busiest people The Network’s CEO Series continued on June 30, and the featured guest was one of the busiest people in the fight against the coronavirus. The Network had the opportunity to hear from Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and to say members learned…

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Legacy manufacturer Kraft Heinz reinvests in Springfield Longtime employer Kraft Heinz is reinvesting in its Springfield manufacturing facility as part of a five-year $48M project to enhance its manufacturing operations and capacity. This is the third major capital investment in the facility over the last several years, demonstrating Kraft Heinz’s commitment to the Springfield region…

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Highlighting the path to economic recovery State leaders highlighted Missouri’s current economic recovery efforts and potential positive workforce signs for the state during a conference call with Chamber members on June 24. Director of Missouri Dept. of Economic Development (DED) Rob Dixon, Commissioner of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) Zora Mulligan, and Deputy Director…

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Minimizing employer liability during reopening & recovery Please note: This information was provided on Wednesday, June 10; guidance may have changed since that time. This information is not intended to constitute legal advice; individuals should contact an attorney for advice with respect to any particular matter specifically facing your business. As we move further into…

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Resources for creating a more inclusive community The following are Chamber President Matt Morrow’s comments from the June 4 edition of Good Morning, Springfield! I am incredibly proud of our community right now. I’m proud of our citizens for peacefully expressing our shared grief and outrage – and for inspiring much more action needed to…

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A look at COVID-19’s impact on Missouri unemployment On May 20, Chamber members heard an update and guidance on the current unemployment implications of COVID-19 as the state moves towards recovery during the first installment of the 2020 Public Policy Speaker Series. Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR),…

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Missouri lawmakers conclude 2020 legislative session When the 2020 legislative session ended on May 15, it marked the end of one of the more unique years in the history of the Missouri General Assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted both the function and the focus of lawmakers, as they lost about five weeks of work time…

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Springfield ranked Top 50 Heartland Metros for Millennials In a recent article about the coronavirus pandemic possibly accelerating an “urban exodus,” geographer Joel Kotkin noted that millennials were already steadily moving away from expensive coastal metros to more affordable “second-tier” cities. Now, with the cost of living and possibility of remote work more important than ever, Kotkin predicts a…

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Staying virtually connected with young professionals Despite the physical distance, members of The Network for Young Professionals have taken the opportunity to stay connected in recent weeks through engaging, live virtual events. The first was held on May 13 featuring Dr. Shelly Farnan and Jana Greig from Burrell Behavioral Health, talking to members about the…

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