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February 2017 Volume II No. 1

• Annual Gala celebrates momentum • ELEVATE Springfield supports young professionals • Annual Business Retention and Expansion report reveals business expectations and trends

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On the Cover The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield Project (TSP) and Economic Growth Corporation plan to redevelop the former First United Methodist Church at the corner of Fifth and Capitol into a mixeduse facility with commercial and residential space.

Our Mission: Enhance our members’ success and advance our economy.

Our Vision: To be a catalyst that helps create a strong, growing economy through talent, leadership and collaboration.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Tom Gihl............................................................Chairman Illinois National Bank

Jim Britton..............................................Chairman-Elect

Express Employment Professionals

John McCarthy..................................1st Vice Chairman The Horace Mann Companies

Lori Milosevich.............................Secretary/Treasurer

Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden

Elena Kezelis.....................Immediate Past Chairman

Memorial Medical Center Foundation

At-Large Directors

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Roger Austin.......................Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

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Message from the CEO TIF approved for downtown church redevelopment 148th Annual Gala celebrates momentum heading into 2017

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Jennifer Gill............................................Springfield Public School District #186

Dr. Charles Lucore..................HSHS St. John’s Hospital Greg Matthews...........................Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. Mike Murphy..................................Charlie Parker’s Diner Dr. Diane Rutledge .........................................Large Unit

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Member Recognition

District Association

Tim Smith.............Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects Jim Sullivan...................................................Design Ideas Dr. Charlotte Warren...................................Lincoln Land

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Gina Gemberling.........................Springfield Convention

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Welcome to our New Members

Mark Hanna ..........................Springfield Airport Authority

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Hon. Jim Langfelder ..............Mayor, City of Springfield Commissioner David Mendenhall...............Sangamon County Board

Brian Oaks...................Prairie Capital Convention Center

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Lisa Clemmons Stott.............Downtown Springfield, Inc.

GSCC STAFF Chris Hembrough........................President and CEO Lisa Schafer....................Vice President - Operations David Earhart......................Vice President - Member Services Joshua Collins............................Director of Business and Community Development Bri Coons.............................................Events Manager Ashley Earnest...................................Events Manager Sarah Graham..........................Director of Workforce Development Teri Hill.............................Advertising Representative Mark McBride.................................Membership Sales Representative Tom Owen.........Membership Sales Representative Wayne Utterback............Communications Manager Alexandria Velten........................Executive Assistant

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Message from the CEO

In the weeks following our announcement regarding the redevelopment of the former First United Methodist Church at Fifth and Capitol, I have been asked a few questions that some of you may have wondered about as well. While they’ve been asked and answered on the radio, television, and in print media, I never assume the message has reached all of our members and investors. So, allow me to answer a few commonly asked questions.

Why is The Chamber involved in this redevelopment?

There are several reasons. In late 2013, the Bowen downtown housing study revealed an immediate need for additional residential units. More and more people, especially millennials, are looking for urban living, and we are committed to encouraging and promoting downtown revitalization. The redevelopment of this prominent facility, which has been empty for over eight years, addresses the need for additional downtown residential units, is a strategic urban revitalization project, and will increase the tax rolls by tens of thousands of dollars each year, all while returning The Chamber offices to downtown Springfield. Any retained earnings realized through The Chamber ’s one-third ownership percentage will be reinvested in the community through our economic development efforts. Also, The Chamber’s

occupancy will be less than current costs, while at the same time building equity, allowing for additional resources for both member benefits and economic development. Is The Chamber competing with local developers who could have developed the property? No. The property has been sitting empty since 2008, and while a handful of developers have looked at and considered the property for redevelopment, it hasn’t happened. The adaptive reuse of the former church is complicated and, therefore, the financing for the project is equally complex. In many ways, this is why we created our Community Development Corporation (CDC). The CDC can facilitate or assist with the redevelopment of the most challenging or difficult properties, acting, as some have put it, as a “developer of last resort.” It takes a partnership like this in order to complete the project, utilizing at least four different types of financing including New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Federal Historic Tax Credits, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and debt financing.

Why is an out-of-town organization participating?

Economic Growth Corporation and its CEO, Brian Hollenback, bring a wealth of

Chris Hembrough President and CEO The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce experience and expertise to a project like the adaptive reuse of the former church property. Brian and his organization have completed numerous projects similar in size and scope. Most importantly, Economic Growth Corporation brings access to $1.6 million in NMTC as equity to the project. Without their involvement, it is highly unlikely we would receive the $1.6 million in equity. Without the equity, the facility would likely sit empty for years to come.

TIF approved for downtown church redevelopment

On January 17, 2017, The Springfield C i t y C o u n c i l a p p r o v e d t h e Ta x Increment Financing (TIF) request for the redevelopment of the former First United Methodist Church. The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield Project (TSP) and Economic Growth Corporation plan to redevelop the property at the corner of Fifth and Capitol 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. The Chamber and The Springfield Project will occupy the former church sanctuary, which will be redeveloped as office space. An additional 1,400 square feet of main floor office space will be available in the building’s education wing. Current plans call for the remainder of the education wing to house twenty-five (25) residential units, sixteen (16) one bedroom apartments and nine (9) two bedroom apartments. 2

The completion of the project is dependent upon a number of factors. As the column above references, the project plans to utilize at least four different types of financing including New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Federal Historic Tax Credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF), as well as debt financing. A commitment of NMTC has been received and the City has approved the TIF request. The Historic Tax Credit application has passed the first phase of approval and is awaiting passage of the second phase.

once all sources of financing have been secured. While there are a number of moving parts that will make this project a reality, we are encouraged by the progress to date and will keep our members apprised as developments occur.

The development plan c a l l s for desi gn w ork and financing of the project to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, with construction Submitted photo beginning shortly thereafter. The construction phase of the The sanctuary of the former First United Methodist project is expected to take Church will be redeveloped as office space and house about a year to complete, The Chamber and The Springfield Project.

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148th Annual Gala celebrates momentum heading into 2017 At its 148th Annual Gala, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful 2016 and plans to build on the momentum for larger accomplishments in 2017. As part of the celebration, The Chamber recognized those who have helped lead our business sector and the community at large. Three awards were given to Chamber leaders who went above and beyond their positions to help enhance our members’ success and advance our economy. •

Chairman’s Award - presented to Tim Smith of Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects. The Chairman’s Award is presented to a Director of the Board who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, extraordinary involvement, and exceptional dedication.

Ambassador of the Year Award - presented to Sherry Feagans of Martin One Source. The Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes the hard work and dedication of the individual that earned the most points for the various responsibilities of an Ambassador.

President’s Award - presented to George Dinges of The Development Services Group. The President’s Award is given to an individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to a project or program, thereby creating extraordinary benefits for Chamber membership.

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Tim Smith of Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award from 2016 Board Chair Elena Kezelis.

Speaking at the event were Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough, 2016 Board Chair Elena Kezelis and 2017 Board Chair Tom Gihl. “Our gala is a unique opportunity to celebrate all that happened last year and look forward to the new year, while at the same time recognizing the people and organizations who help move our community and economy forward,” Hembrough said. “It is through the work of our board and volunteers, business leaders and staff, and the city and county that 2016 was such a significant year.”

Presenting Sponsor: Photo by Terry Farmer

At the 148th Annual Gala, Sherry Feagans of Martin One Source was named the 2016 Ambassador of the Year.

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Other sponsors include Martin One Source as print sponsor; Cooper’s Hawk Winery Restaurants as wine sponsor; Best Expo, Inc. as stage decoration sponsor; Terry Farmer Photography as photography sponsor; and ContentWorks LLC as graphic design sponsor. CHAMBERUPDATE |

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George Dinges (left) of The Development Services Group was the recipient of the President’s Award from Chamber President & CEO Chris Hembrough.

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ELEVATE Springfield supports young professionals For over 10 years, The Chamber has offered programming for young professionals. Recently, a task force was convened to evaluate and rebrand these offerings to ensure the professional needs were being met for this important part of our community’s workforce.

ELEVATE Springfield was created and will focus on professional development, leadership, and mentoring. As part of the $75 annual membership fee, members will receive admission to several professional development events, CEO roundtables, select Chamber Business After Hours events, and other valuable benefits. Membership is open to individuals ages 21-39. Applications are being accepted through the end of February, and can be found on the young professional website at www.ypspringfield. org.

Apply soon so you can join us for the first ELEVATE Springfield event on Thursday, Feb. 23. Desiree Logsdon of BUNN will discuss mentoring and how to successfully create those meaningful relationships. ELEVATE members can register for the event online. If you are interested in hearing more information about ELEVATE Springfield, please contact Sarah Graham at (217) 5251173 ext. 221 or sgraham@gscc.org.

ELEVATE Springfield 2017 Calendar of Events February 26 Professional Development Event with Desiree Logsdon March - TBD CEO Roundtable Event April 20 Networking at The Chamber’s Business After Hours May 18 Networking at The Chamber’s Business After Hours May - TBD CEO Roundtable June - TBD Professional Development Event July - TBD Community Host Orientation August - TBD Professional Development Event September 21 Elected Officials Reception October - TBD CEO Roundtable Event November - TBD ELEVATE Springfield Networking & Social Event

Please contact our local team for more information (217) 391-2991

December - TBD Coffee with CEOs

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New changes coming to Business Connections

New floor plan and lower booth prices highlight this year’s show

The Chamber’s annual business expo will be held April 20 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Changes for 2017

This year’s expo will feature a new floor plan, reduced booth prices, and a renewed focus on Always Buy Chamber (ABC). ABC encourages members to support fellow members, which are businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to our area’s growth and progress by being a part of The Chamber. As a member, you are challenged, whenever possible, to look for opportunities to do business with other members.

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Business Connections provides members a unique chance to make new member-to-member connections. With all of the technology today and social media interactions, Business Connections provides a chance to get out of the office, away from the computer and interact faceto-face with potential new customers and existing clients. Members are encouraged to exhibit at Business Connections and send key representatives to visit other exhibiting businesses.

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Business Connections is not only a trade show, but host to the largest Speed Networking event of the year. Business After Hours closes out the day of events, with food and drink available directly on the show room floor.

Business Connections is also the site of the largest Speed Networking event of the year, with approximately 100 participants sharing information and initiating valuable business relationships. Business After Hours at Business Connections is one of the largest of the year with food and drinks available directly on the show room floor for a fun and informal networking experience.

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State of the City address on April 20

Join your peers and local leaders for a status report on the City of Springfield. Mayor Jim Langfelder will review accomplishments and challenges from the past year, and outline future priorities at The Chamber’s annual State of the City Luncheon. The event will be held on Thursday, April 20, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. The event begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. and is slated to adjourn by 12:45 p.m.

The Sangamon CEO program is a year-long, accredited high school class connecting students to local business leaders, allowing them to “experience” the challenges and rewards of running a business. CEO students will be present to share information and answer questions about their businesses. The Chamber encourages members to Always Buy Chamber, support their fellow members and exhibit at Business Connections! To register for a booth or to learn more, contact Bri Coons at bcoons@ gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 216.

EXPO SCHEDULE: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Speed Networking 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: State of the City Luncheon 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Show Floor Open 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Business After Hours 7:00 p.m.: Show Floor Closes & Exhibitor Teardown

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Register online by visiting our website, www.gscc.org, and finding the event on our Events Calendar. Early bird cost to attend is $28 for members or $45 for non-members on or before April 5. Prices for registrations made April 6 or later are $33 for members or $60 for non-members. For more information, contact Ashley Earnest at 217-5251173 or aearnest@gscc.org.

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Annual Business Retention & Expansion report reveals business expectations and trends Executive Summary

One of Q5’s most important programs is Business Retention & Expansion (BRE). It is a fact that the majority of job growth will come from our community’s existing businesses, and the purpose of a BRE program is to retain the businesses already located in our community and assist with their expansion. Additional objectives of the BRE program are to keep a pulse on our community’s business climate and address overall barriers to growth in our community. In 2016, Q5 staff met with approximately 65 businesses in Springfield and Sangamon County with 39 of those businesses completing a business survey. All BRE visits are confidential and all information, unless otherwise noted, is an accumulation of the information gathered from the 39 businesses who took part in the survey. The data in this report is not scientific in nature and only represents the information gathered from the businesses met with in 2016. One of the themes in 2016 is a continuation of a more pessimistic mood in the business community about the overall economy. This often contrasted with the projection of increased sales, market share and overall growth in their own businesses. This theme is also consistent with the Economic Outlook Survey conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield, which has had a downward shift in expectations of the overall Sangamon County economy since the spring of 2015. The fiscal situation in the state, a lack of a budget and the backlog of unpaid bills that cause cash flow issues for our local businesses likely feeds this sentiment. Overall, several businesses in the area are planning expansions, implementing new technologies or diversifying their product to stay current with the market. Businesses are much more optimistic about their own business than the overall economy. No businesses indicated that they were leaving or shutting down and only two businesses filed Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices with the state. One was AIG’s continual transition and another was a retail service industry that sold with the anticipation that workers would be retained by the new company.

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The purpose of a BRE program is: • R etain the businesses already located in our community • Assist with their expansion • Keep a pulse on our community’s business climate • Address overall barriers to growth in our community services and options in the Wabash & I-72 industrial park area was identified. Q5 staff were able to facilitate conversation between businesses in the area and telecommunication providers. Staff have since followed up with the businesses who originally brought this issue to our attention and they have reported that they are satisfied with the new options and services available to them. Standard Aero During the 2015 BRE program, staff from Q5 and the Springfield Airport Authority worked with Standard Aero as they announced their plans to grow at their Springfield facility at the airport. They identified a need for a larger pool of workers specifically trained in certain areas, including: airframe & power plant (A&P) mechanics, painters, avionics technicians, and upholsters. Shortly afterward, Levi, Ray & Shoup donated the needed funding for Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) to expand their A&P program at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Closing the Communication Gap In the first quarter of 2016, Q5 staff met with a local business undergoing construction work to expand and grow their business. Their project had been on hold due to a service issue with a local provider. Staff were able to assist the company in closing the communication gap holding up the project and work resumed the next week. While the project is considered confidential, this type of assistance is one of the most important parts of a BRE program since it helps our local businesses grow and create jobs and wealth within our community.

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value in gathering data to analyze trends and common problems and solutions. The following breakdown is from various segments of the survey. Business Dynamics The business dynamics section is designed to engage participants in a series of questions aimed to achieve a better understanding of their business. The figures depict the overall vitality of a business and offer an opportunity to provide assistance for those who may need it. Of the 39 businesses that participated in the survey: •

69 percent reported sales are increasing

46 percent reported increasing market share

72 percent reported their product is growing

82 percent reported that they have new products in the last five years

79 percent anticipate new products in the next two years

Workforce Workforce is a growing concern for businesses, both in retaining their current workforce and their ability to attract needed talent for the future. The 2017 program will include enhanced effort to identify future workforce needs and current issues affecting businesses. In 2016, businesses were surveyed regarding their staffing needs as well as their satisfaction with current employees. Of the businesses who participated in the survey, 63 percent reported having problems recruiting qualified candidates. Of those who identified recruiting problems, 40 percent identified the community as being part of their recruiting problems and 60 percent identified that the industry as a whole had workforce shortages. Businesses could identify the community, CHAMBERUPDATE |

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industry, both the community and industry, or neither, and the fact that it came out to 60 percent for industry and 40 percent for community is coincidental. One of the largest workforce issues identified in 2016 was finding talent for management and sales positions. Usual issues were identified as filling technical positions that mirror national shortages, and competing with large metro areas for top technical talent. Ninety-seven (97) percent of respondents provide on-site training to their workforce with 58 percent indicating that they are increasing spending on training their current workforce.

Closing Summary

The data collected as part of the 2016 BRE survey is consistent with what we have heard from businesses through everyday interactions, as well as the Economic Outlook Survey conducted by the UIS Survey Research Office. Businesses are optimistic about their own success, more pessimistic about the overall economy, weary of the state’s financial issues and lack of budget, and worried about finding a qualified workforce. Changing Direction in 2017 The BRE program has collected a large amount of data over the past three years with completed surveys from 230 businesses. Moving forward, Q5 staff will take a portfolio approach where we identify businesses that bring wealth into the community, monitor interactions with their company, and assist with workforce needs.

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Gain valuable insights using our Cost of Living Calculator The Springfield Advantage website serves as the area’s economic development website to help promote Springfield and Sangamon County and provide information on available property, demographics, workforce and general community information. New updates were rolled out last year on www.springfieldadvantage.org to provide business location decision makers with more data and information about Springfield and Sangamon County. One of those additions was a cost of living calculator. This was created so that our businesses and potential hires can utilize a data driven approach to compare cost of living to other communities. Recruiters, human resources staff and potential hires will be able to go to the website and key in their salary to compare communities to Springfield. The site will then calculate how much money someone would need to make in the other communities alongside average expenditures of housing, transportation, groceries, utilities and other costs to meet the cost of living in Springfield. This feature will highlight to potential hires how much further their money will go in Springfield and Sangamon County. For information, contact Josh Collins at (217) 535-1173 or jcollins@gscc.org.

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The Update is The Chamber’s magazine that is published six times per year. Magazines are mailed to Chamber members, but did you know that the entire magazine can be viewed online? Access to the digital magazine is available on www.gscc.org underneath the “News” section, or look for the link to the latest edition in the eUpdate. The Update magazine features stories about Chamber events, Q5 projects and accomplishments, photos from ribbon cuttings and various events, and much more. The digital edition includes click-able links for emails, event details, and advertisements. If you would like to learn more about advertising through The Chamber and taking advantage of this new opportunity, contact Teri Hill at (217) 525-1173 ext. 208 or thill@gscc.org.

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The Chamber’s weekly eUpdate has now become responsive, providing the ability to adapt to any format whether it be viewed on a computer, phone or tablet. The eUpdate is The Chamber’s digital newsletter, distributed every Wednesday. It features the latest Chamber news including the latest from Q5, events, member benefits, and advertising opportunities. Along with the updated technology, the eUpdate has been reformatted and streamlined, getting you the information you need quickly. The calendar of events has been moved to the bottom of the email, along with a few easy access links for member benefits including Hot Deals, Job Board, and most recent Update magazine. As always, members are encouraged to make submissions for inclusion in our Member News section. Send your press release or flyer to Communications Manager Wayne Utterback at wutterback@gscc.org by Monday at 5 p.m. to be featured in that week’s eUpdate.

The Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at the Wyndham City Centre Hotel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Presenting Sponsor of the spring fair is Lincoln Land Community College and First Student is the Title Sponsor. Last year’s career fairs had over 50 employers participating from the central Illinois area. Companies are looking to hire individuals for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions; and entry-level to experienced opportunities are available as well. Company representatives are continually impressed with the professionalism and the high quality job seekers that attend The Chamber job fairs. Over 500 job seekers traditionally attend the fair, which allows companies the opportunity to screen many individuals in a short period of time. In 2016, one employer collected over 70 resumes, another set-up interviews with 10 prospective candidates and one hired 22 employees from job fair events. The Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The early bird rate for Chamber members is $125 and is available until March 17. For more information, contact Sarah Graham at (217) 525-1173 ext. 221 or sgraham@gscc.org.

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