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The Chamber and Springfield Business Development Corporation have published a new community relocation guide and released another video, adding to the Talent Attraction Initiative arsenal. The new video specifically targets IT talent.
Workforce isn't just a buzz word--it's part of an emerging issue facing communities across the nation. See how Springfield is working to stay ahead of the trend.
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it will contract with Springfield Public Schools and 10 other area school districts to launch a new career readiness initiative that will focus public education resources on confronting the number one challenge facing businesses and employers today: talent development and retention.
The intel that we receive from visiting with area employers is crucial. It helps our organization and our community stay ahead of trends in the economy and tells us where we need to focus in the long term. There is one trend in particular that we hear so often and that is so important that the Chamber's board of directors has decided to elevate it to a fourth Strategic Area of Focus to our Action Plan this year.
From Op-Eds to an annual gala, the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has been working almost non-stop to move the needle on top legislative priorities this January.
There are a number of companies in our region who contribute above and beyond their Chamber membership to invest specifically in the economic development efforts of the SBDC. The SBDC is staffed by and serves as the economic development arm of Chamber. See what the SBDC accomplished in 2014.
The Chamber is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to conduct a short 10 question survey which will evaluate regional economic conditions. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and will be open to all businesses from February 4 through February 11 in an online format. The results of the survey will be released later this spring.
From marketing to networking to skills training, check out this list of ways that the Chamber can help you grow your business in 2015. No time? No problem.
Three days, 10 panel discussions, 43 guest speakers, and 168 tweets later, 61 of Springfield’s business and community leaders learned the ins-and-outs of what makes Omaha, Nebraska a city of big ideas, big dollars and “no coasting.”
Dr. John Bentley was named the 2015 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday. Bentley completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to finish his training in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then practiced medicine at St. John's, now Mercy Hospital Springfield, for 35 years. What began as a volunteer position with The Kitchen Clinic in 1980 evolved into a directorship in 1985 and ultimately, his role with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, where he has served as a family practitioner for 11 years.
The Chamber along with the other eight organizations that make up the Springfield Metro Partnership hosted 45 newly-elected legislators this month in an effort to build on the strong relationship between the Springfield community and state lawmakers.
How do you capture the spirit of our city in a little more than 3-minutes? You combine dozens of interviews with Springfieldians, hours of raw footage from around the region and a relentless focus on the key findings of our Talent Attraction Initiative research.
Before a record breaking crowd at Good Morning, Springfield, Chairman of the Board Jeff Schrag sat down with the new Chamber President Matt Morrow to find out what Matt’s thoughts are on the top issues facing Springfield.
Americana Tire and Wheel has announced plans to locate in the Springfield region, investing $1.5M to open a new assembly facility in Marshfield, MO, and create 20 new jobs above Webster County average wage.
It's the question every human resources department has to answer when hiring outside the community, and because there are so many reasons to choose Springfield, it's not always an easy question to answer--until now.
CLAY COOPER’S COUNTRY EXPRESS – It’s more than country! Clay Cooper’s Country Express has something for everyone with high energy singin’, dancin’, gun-slingin’, trick-ropin’, Johnny Lonestar; Comedian Matt Gumm; Youth Performers, Ezrah Noelle and Colt Cooper; 10 incredible dancers, a six-piece live band, and of course, your host, CLAY COOPER! Get up close and personal with this blast of a cast! Clay is celebrating his 28th season performing in Branson! LIVE music, LIVE singing, LOTS of fun!
Lew’s Fishing Tackle has announced plans to invest $3.5M for a new corporate headquarters and consolidated distribution center in Springfield. Lew’s will build the new 58,000 sq. ft. facility on land north of Partnership Industrial Center and plans to add five new jobs to their current workforce of 26. Chamber staff and Springfield's partnership for Economic Development worked with Lew’s executives to facilitate the expansion and help them access local property tax abatement.
For the last year, industrial employers looking for a building in Springfield have had only a handful of options to choose from. In fact, Springfield’s industrial vacancy rate currently stands at 4.3%. This sits well below the national average of 9.4%, putting our region at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a home for new or expanding employers. Luckily, several local developers are stepping up and hope to capitalize on the demand for industrial space.
Marketing your business with the Chamber doesn’t have to mean attending networking events. There are a number of ways you can increase visibility for your business, without ever leaving the office.