L E A D | IN F LUENCE | IMPACT Board Takes Position
SCHOOL TAX REFERENDUM
IN THIS ISSUE 4Chamber Prepares Future Leaders 4KEB, US Chamber to speak on Tax Reform
October 2018 | Volume III | No. 5
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Leadership Springfield Class of 2019
Refresh Leadership Simulcast
Tax Reform Seminar To Be Held Oct. 23
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MEMBER RECOGNITION 5
Welcome to our New Members
ON THE COVER:
Message From The CEO
Chase Economist James Glassman to Keynote Economic Outlook Breakfast
School Tax Referendum
Leadership Springfield Alicia Wheeler of Escape Springfield presents a team building program called Lockbox Showdown for this fall’s Leadership Springfield class.
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Over 14 weeks this fall, participants will learn about various personality types, leadership styles and roles, leadership choices, strategic planning and team building. They will also enhance their leadership capabilities by learning from some our community’s greatest leaders, and developing a deeper awareness of our community in the areas of Tourism & the Arts; Health Care; Education; State Government; Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Local Government, and Technology and Innovation.
Chris Hembrough President and CEO This fall is a significant time when it comes to our support of the region’s emerging leaders, and our future leaders. It has been said many times, “that everything rises and falls on the quality of leadership in any and every organization.” Leadership really is important, that’s why we pay so much attention to it and provide significant leadership development opportunities like Leadership Springfield.
Leadership Springfield Leadership Springfield, a program of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, recently began its 33rd annual class, the largest in program history, after receiving more applications than any other year. Upon completion of the program, participants will be recognized and honored during our Annual Gala on February 1, 2019. The purpose of Leadership Springfield is to develop future leaders for area businesses, organizations, and the community at-large. It is our goal to strengthen our community one leader at a time.
Outside of regular program sessions, participants are also challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working as teams on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations. Leadership Springfield may be more relevant today than any other time in the program’s history. When you consider our ever-changing culture, ongoing technological advances and the need for leaders to guide organizations while connecting the right people to the right priorities – great leadership is essential. We need leaders who, for decades to come, will understand how to bring people together to solve problems and not just talk about them. And, maybe most of all, we need leaders who want to and will do the right thing, even in the face of opposition.
Countywide Sales Tax Referendum The Board of Directors of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) recently voted to support the proposed one percent Countywide Sales Tax referendum. We believe the need for safe, secure, 21st century school facilities throughout Springfield and Sangamon County are critical to the future of our community and this referendum is our most attractive means to that end (see page six for more information). Revenue from the referendum can only be used for facilities and is the only means to significantly renovate and/or build new, more functional facilities, thus addressing the facility needs outside the parameters of health life safety bonds, which can only be used for very specific and narrow projects (roofing, heating/cooling systems, electrical systems, etc.) Revenue cannot be used for school personnel costs. We understand, many people believe Chambers of Commerce should oppose nearly all proposed tax increases and they often do. However, we believe the Countywide Referendum is an investment in the future of our community, by investing in our schools, and therefore, investing in our students – who are our future leaders.
Information about this year’s class and Leadership Springfield in general can be found on the Chamber’s website (www. gscc.org/leadership-springfield). A list of this year’s class can be found on page seven.
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SCHOOL TAX REFERENDUM The Board of Directors of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) supports the proposed one percent Countywide Sales Tax referendum. We believe the need for safe, secure, 21st century school facilities throughout Springfield and Sangamon County are critical to the future of our community and this referendum is our most attractive means to that end.
"Nobody wants to pay more in taxes, but this is essential. The future of our community is dependent upon our schools which are directly related to our ability to attract people and businesses. Thousands of visitors each year will contribute to sales tax revenues and our school facilities. Why not allow others to help us secure our future, rather than face the harsh reality in 10 or 20 years that our community is in real trouble? We’ve all seen people choose other communities because of “better school facilities”. We must reverse this trend and invest in our future today.” - John Staff, owner of Staff Carpet & GSCC Board Member
Key Facts Many school facilities throughout Springfield and Sangamon County need critical safety and security upgrades, renovations and additions, and in some cases need to be replaced. For example, 81% of Springfield Schools are 50 years old or older, with 28 temporary classrooms (mobile units) in use across the District. School facilities and performance are critical when it comes to attracting talent to the region and preparing our future workforce. School facilities are directly tied to new residents, employees, and businesses, and are one of the first things potential residents want to see. There have been no voter-approved tax increases (property or sales) to benefit District 186 schools since 1984. While the proposed referendum is a sales tax it does not tax groceries, medicine, cars, boats, licensed vehicles, farm equipment, parts, or inputs. Sangamon County residents living in districts where facility needs are not as significant as others may experience a decrease in their property taxes if the referendum passes. Revenue from the referendum can only be used for facilities and is the only means to significantly renovate and/or build new, more functional facilities, thus addressing the facility needs outside the parameters of health life safety bonds, which can only be used for very specific and narrow projects (roofing, heating/cooling systems, electrical systems, etc.) Revenue cannot be used for personnel costs. Thousands of annual visitors will contribute an estimated 20-30% to the sales tax revenues and funding of the Sangamon County School facilities.
“A voter’s first reaction can understandably be to oppose the proposed referendum. However, with further study, considering the overall need, and the long term benefits of the proposal, like talent attraction, business attraction, and business growth, I believe this will be a great step forward for the future of our community.” - Jim Britton, owner of Express Employment Professionals & 2018 GSCC Board Chair
Many believe Chambers of Commerce should oppose nearly all proposed tax increases and they often do. However, we believe the Countywide referendum is an investment in the future of our community. 6
LEADERSHIP SPRINGFIELD CLASS OF 2019 Tom Bee Environmental Control Solutions
Tim Kienzler Bank & Trust Company
Laura Bell Camelot Care Center
Ashley Koster HSHS Medical Group
Brian Bond Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.
David Kromphardt Peoples Bank & Trust
Adam Booher Bunn-O-Matic Corporation
Brent Lake Sikich LLP
Chelsea Bradford United Community Bank
J.R. Lauer The Horace Mann Companies
Ella Brahler Hickory Point Bank
Vern Lindquist Lincoln Land Community College
Damon Brown The Horace Mann Companies
Kenny Micheletta GoWeb1.com
Ronetta Buckner Helping Hands of Springfield / Salvation Army
Nicole Miller Marine Bank
Jokima Christison Springfield Clinic, LLP Leslie Collins Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach Billy Cummins Neuhoff Media Springfield Meghan Davlin Illinois Automobile Dealers Association Rosie Dively Heartland Credit Union Monica Guerrant American Lung Association Julie Hammers Springfield Public School District 186 Melissa Hansen Schmadeke Memorial Medical Center Foundation Lindsay Hausman Hanson Professional Services Inc. Anna Holloway Apartment Mart of Springfield Nikki Irlam Springfield Public School District 186 Andre Jordan AARP Brian Kiel Orthopedic Center of Illinois
Trevor Noonan Merrill Lynch Blaine O’Connell Illinois Chapter - National Electrical Contractors Assoc. Susan O’Donnell Express Employment Professionals Will O’Hearn Lincoln Library City of Springfield Andrew Olson Town and Country Bank Lauren Plavnick Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Tina Prather Home Instead Senior Care Jennifer Rodgers SIU School of Medicine Jake Rourke TROXELL Adam Solomon Solomon Colors, Inc. Matthew Trapp Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C.
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The Chamber is partnering with Express Employment Professionals to offer the 9th Annual Refresh Leadership Simulcast event, held on Wednesday, October 24 at Calvary Church (501 W. Hazel Dell Road). Breakfast and networking begins at 7:30 a.m. The simulcast begins at 8:30 and will wrap up by noon. CEOs, business owners, and leaders are encouraged to attend. Leaders come from all walks of life, but the most essential qualities of leadership are universal. Attend and hear a distinguished and diverse lineup of speakers share their insight and experience on what makes great leaders. Join us to learn more about the power of great leadership and take away new insight on how to refresh, energize, and motivate the people you lead.
The 2018 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast speakers include:
• Mark King, Innovation Expert and Former President of Adidas, North America
• Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Secretary of State (2001-2005)
• Josh Sundquist, Author, Speaker, and Paralympian To register online, visit the following link, RefreshLeadership. com/Simulcast, or for more information contact Erin Sommer at (217) 528-3000 or email@example.com.
CHASE ECONOMIST JAMES GLASSMAN TO KEYNOTE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK BREAKFAST The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Chase will once again offer the Economic Outlook Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at the University of Illinois Springfield’s new Student Union. James Glassman, Managing Director & Head Economist, Commercial Banking for Chase, is the keynote speaker. Doors open and buffet begins at 7:15 a.m. with program starting at 8:00 a.m.
The event offers local business leaders insights from a nationally recognized economist who presents an overview of our national economy and how it will impact our local community. Glassman will review the global issues that are driving U.S. economics, discuss the latest macroeconomic trends affecting the business environment and provide an outlook for investment markets. Thanks also go to premier sponsor Comcast and venue sponsor University of Illinois Springfield. Register online at www.gscc.org or contact Bri Coons at (217) 525-1173 ext. 216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ENERGY CO-OP PROVIDES SAVINGS ON UTILITIES The Chamber continues to partner with CQI Associates to offer members an Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program. Members of The Greater Springfield Chamber who receive their electricity and/or natural gas services through Ameren can join the commercial energy co-op. There is NO FEE to join. CQI has been helping businesses save on their utility rates for over 11 years in central Illinois. Joining the Chamber’s Energy Co-op Program provides:
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TAX REFORM SEMINAR TO BE HELD OCT. 23 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect small and mediumsize businesses and their owners for the 2018 tax year. The Chamber is offering a seminar to members so that they can be prepared for these changes. Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP is serving as premier sponsor. Caroline Harris, Vice President, Tax Policy & Economic Development, and Chief Tax Policy Counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss why tax reform was needed and what’s next in the legislative landscape as it relates to tax reform. Danielle Hunt, CPA and Partner with KEB, will provide attendees with information about the major provisions affecting their business so that they can plan for the future. Some of the provisions will include the reduction in corporate tax rates, qualified business income deductions, and depreciation changes, among others.
Co-op members can expect to save about the equivalent of their largest electrical bill in the summer and/or their largest natural gas bill in the winter. For questions or if you would like an estimate on what your company’s savings could be, contact David Earhart at (217) 525-1173 ext. 215 or email@example.com,
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APPLES FOR FALL What says fall better than the crunch of a juicy apple? More than 2,500 apple varieties are grown in the U.S., with new ones added yearly. During peak apple season, you can usually find 12 to 18 different varieties of apples in your local grocery store. Each variety is different in size, color, flavor, texture and cooking ability. A few of the more common varieties are: Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Cripps Pink, Jazz, Braeburn and Honeycrisp. “Rave is a brand new variety,” according Ronnie Minteer, Springfield Hy-Vee produce manager. “It’s part Honeycrisp and part MonArk – an early apple to ripen - that’s juicy and crunchy.” Many of the varieties are only available for a month or two.
Submitted by Hy-Vee health, cancer prevention and reduced inflammation. So what to do with apples, besides eat them? Use apple juice instead of water in a spice cake mix, then add chopped apples for extra flavor. Add apples and pecans to chicken salad. Add chopped apples and a dash of cinnamon to oatmeal before cooking it for a flavorful fall treat. Apples and oatmeal make a great fall combo in bars, cookies and breakfast breads as well.
Here is a recipe to give you a head start on fall flavors. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal •
2 ¾ cups quick oats
¼ cup ground flaxseed
“What we’re seeing is some of the traditional varieties like Empire and MacIntosh and Jonathan are being replaced by newer, more popular varieties. More people prefer Jonagold over Jonathan. And Red Delicious is being replaced by Cosmic Crisp,” said Minteer.
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup butter, melted
Apples are grown in all 50 states, but most are grown in the states of Washington, New York and Michigan. Illinois has its share of orchards but most of the apples grown here are sold at Farmer’s Markets or road stands.
1 cup skim milk
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 apple, diced
¼ cup raisins
Nutritionally, a medium apple has 80 calories and are fat, sodium and cholesterol free. They are a great source of the fiber pectin and have 5 grams of fiber. It’s best to eat the peel, along with the apple - two-thirds of the fiber is in the peel - along with antioxidants, which help reduce damage to cells. A study found that eating an apple a day helped reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. Regular apple consumption has also been linked to weight loss, improved gut
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flaxseed, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir until combined. Gently stir in walnuts, diced apples and raisins. Pour batter in greased 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degree oven, uncovered for 20-25 minutes. Note: This can be frozen prior to baking if wrapped well, then thaw in refrigerator 48 hours prior to cooking. Serves 6. Per serving: 450 calories, 11 g protein, 62 g carbohydrate, 20g fat, 85 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 430 mg sodium.
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