Annual Business Retention & Expansion report reveals business expectations and trends

March 23, 2017

Survey tool explores workforce needs

The Chamber’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program has reached out to businesses for many years to gauge how they view the economy of Springfield and Sangamon County. An interview based tool is utilized to help the Chamber understand the specific needs of local companies and to provide direction to those companies considering expansion of their operations.

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January 4, 2017

The Chamber and The Springfield Project plan mixed-use redevelopment

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield Project (TSP) and Economic Growth Corporation have formed a Limited Liability Company (LLC), for the purposes of redeveloping the former First United Methodist Church at the corner of Fifth and Capitol in downtown Springfield. The prominent but vacant downtown property will be redeveloped into a mixed-use facility with commercial and residential space. The construction team will include Evan Lloyd Associates Inc. as the architect and O’Shea Builders as the construction manager.

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December 14, 2016

Economic Outlook Survey finds Sangamon County businesses have mixed expectations for the economy

SPRINGFIELD – The Survey Research Office at the University of Illinois Springfield will release the Fall 2016 Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey on Friday. Nov.11. The study examines the economic perceptions, expectations and evaluations of Sangamon County businesses as well as public and non-profit organizations.

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November 9, 2016

Springfield MSA sees increase in jobs year over year

The Springfield MSA (Sangamon & Menard County) had an increase of 1,100 in the non-farm job total from September 2015 to September 2016.

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October 31, 2016

Opening eyes at Business Education Week

This October, business professionals experienced first-hand look of the day-to-day lives of today's teachers and students through Business Education Week.

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October 27, 2016

Open Door program off to strong start

In the June 2016 Update Magazine, The Chamber reported on the new Open Door Business Mentoring & Internship Program announced by Lincoln Land Community College and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. It was reported that the program, funded by the Chamber’s Quantum Growth Economic Development Partnership (Q5), would begin this fall by connecting 20-30 African-American male LLCC students with local businesses and organizations.

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September 28, 2016

Website updates go live for Springfield Advantage

The Quantum Growth Partnership (Q5) created specifically for site selectors to serve as a one-stop shop for data and information about Springfield and Sangamon County. The website was designed for anyone who participates in the location decision-making process, such as a business executive, a realtor or a site-selection consultant.

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August 24, 2016

Business support needed to become a Certified Work Ready Community

Sangamon County, via The Chamber’s Q5 Workforce and Education Council, is working to become the first county in Illinois to be a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). “Work Ready Sangamon” has achieved 76% of its goals and has 22 businesses supporting the initiative. Additional companies are asked to show their support by filling out this form.

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August 2, 2016

Chamber organizes advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

During the week of May 23, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce coordinated a consortium of local leaders to advocate for community priorities in Washington, D.C.

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June 1, 2016