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The changing face of colleges – and college students – in Missouri Technology has changed the world of higher education in myriad ways, from how information is shared with students to the environment in which they receive it – and even what information is most important for them to be receiving. Missouri’s ability as a…

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Chattanooga highlights natural assets and focus on intentional planning When the Chamber took nearly 80 community, business, education and nonprofit leaders to Chattanooga in mid-September, it was the second time a group from Springfield had visited the Tennessee city since the Community Leadership Visit program began in 1994. A lot has changed in Chattanooga since…

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National economic strength in the near term – and local preparation for future growth The national economy is currently strong, and it will remain strong through at least the end of 2019, according to the keynote speaker at the SBDC’s recent Economic Outlook. Kathleen Navin, director of US Economics at Macroeconomic Advisers by IHS Markit,…

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Chamber receives top industry award for communications The Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, is thrilled to announce that it has received a Communications Excellence Best in Show award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The Chamber was recognized for its digital brochure, a marketing piece primarily…

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Russell Cellular announces $8M new headquarters, 135 new jobs The Chamber and its economic development arm, the Springfield Business Development Corporation, are pleased to announce that Springfield-based wireless communication services company Russell Cellular is expanding to accommodate more than two decades of growth. The exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot corporate…

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St. Louis Fed president urges caution during Chamber visit James Bullard, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, made a presentation to Chamber members and SBDC investors on May 11 about monetary policy and how it interacts with the economy – and his overall message was one of optimism tinged with…

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Encouraging Missourians to buy local When Missouri’s then-Lieutentant Governor, Mike Parson, and his wife went shopping during a recent trip to Vermont, they were struck by how intentional the Green Mountain State is about branding its locally made products. “It’s very ‘in your face.’ They’re very intentional about telling you what is made locally,” Parson…

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Looking at the future of health care The Springfield region – like Missouri and the rest of the country – has several positives on the health care horizon, but also faces significant challenges. That was the message from the March 28 Health Care Outlook, the first event in the 2018 Outlook Series. The Chamber’s economic…

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Strengthening Springfield through economic diversity and investment Building a strong community that can successfully create and retain high-paying jobs is a team effort – and the Springfield region, like other mid-sized metropolitan areas in the U.S., has the capacity to do this, making life better for all its residents. Exploring the future of Springfield was…

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Manufacturers discuss industry growth, advances and challenges The Springfield-area manufacturing industry is positioned to make continued advances in technology, wage growth and employee safety – if the community continues to make investments in programs that support workforce development and retention. That was the message from four local industry leaders during the Dec. 8 Manufacturing Outlook…

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