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Manufacturing leaders discuss trends in supporting industries The focus of the SBDC’s 2019 Manufacturing Outlook event, held on December 6 was trends and issues affecting industries that support manufacturing, such as real estate and logistics, automation, workforce training, and transportation. Real estate development is a critical part of attracting and retaining business like manufacturers. Alex…

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Continuing efforts to attract talent Part of the work of the Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, is to attract new potential employees to our region by showing the many things that make Springfield a great place to live, work and play. To broaden the reach of our talent attraction…

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Vital Farms expanding, adding more than 50 new jobs Vital Farms, a Certified B Corp and pioneer in offering pasture-raised, ethically sourced products sold nationwide, is expanding its operations in Springfield just three years after breaking ground on its first facility here. Dubbed “Egg Central Station,” the company’s 84,000 sq. ft. facility in Partnership Industrial…

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Fed economist offers cautiously positive view of economy Supported by BKD CPAs & Advisors Kevin Kliesen, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, visited Springfield on August 21 for the 2019 Economic Outlook event, and offered his view on the overall state of the national economy. His verdict: though there may be…

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Welcome to our new online home! We’d like to welcome you to our new online home. We’ve put a lot of work into trying to develop a website that is more user-friendly, easier to navigate and still provides all the tools and information you’ve come to expect from the Chamber. We hope we’ve hit the…

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Aviation manufacturer expands in Ozark The Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, are excited to join in announcing a new manufacturing win for our regional partners in Christian County. Alpine Aviation Group, Inc., an aerospace-focused advanced manufacturing company, is expanding into Missouri with a new facility that will be used…

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Tackling the concept of international growth Organizations are always looking for ways to grow, but the idea of international growth can be daunting. For CEO and founder of Integrated Trade Finance LLC (ITC) Jeffrey Kamins, however, there is no choice but to get competitive by getting your business into the foreign market – and it…

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Health care leaders talk access and employee impact There’s no denying the important role health care plays in the Springfield region’s economy, and its role in recruiting and retaining employees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that nearly 36,000 people have jobs tied directly to health care in our 10-county region, working in more…

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Positioning our region for tech growth Missouri in general, and southwest Missouri in particular, are in the midst of a technology industry boom that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. That’s the news from the Technology 2030 Report, commissioned by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry and released at a recent conference in…

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Helping members understand the story of economic development As the Chamber works to help companies create jobs in our community, part of that effort includes helping the public understand the state of the local economic environment, and the process by which we encourage businesses to invest here. Chamber President Matt Morrow has been featured in…

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