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December 2016 Volume I No. 21

• Redevelopment of former downtown church • Chamber hires advertising representative • Join us for The Chamber’s 148th Annual Gala

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INSIDE

Chamber reflects on projects and accomplishments


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On the Cover 2017 Board Chair Tom Gihl, of Illinois National Bank, received the gavel from 2016 Board Chair Elena Kezelis, of Memorial Medical Center Foundation, at the annual board meeting held Dec. 13.

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

Features

The Latest from Q5

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

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Fall 2016 Economic Outlook Survey results released

Dr. Ruby Davis..............................Ruby Funeral Services

Chamber acquires new tool to examine talent needs

Pamela Frazier...................................................All In One

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Message from the CEO Projects and accomplishments

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The Chamber, TSP lead downtown church redevelopment

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Sheryl Daugherty..................The Arizona Tile Company and Chapel, Inc.

Raylene DeWitte Grischow...........................Hinshaw &

Culbertson LLP

On-Site Wash & Detail

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

2016 Retail Guide available

Dr. Charles Lucore..................HSHS St. John’s Hospital Greg Matthews...........................Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

News & Events

Member Recognition

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Ribbon Cuttings

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Welcome to our New Members

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Advertiser’s Index

Join us for The Chamber’s 148th Annual Gala

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A marketing tool for your business

Dr. Diane Rutledge .........................................Large Unit

District Association

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

Community College

Ex-Officio Directors Gina Gemberling.........................Springfield Convention

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Chamber hires advertising representative

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Mike Murphy..................................Charlie Parker’s Diner

& Visitors Bureau

Mark Hanna ..........................Springfield Airport Authority Hon. Jim Langfelder ..............Mayor, City of Springfield

2017 Calendar of Events

Commissioner David Mendenhall...............Sangamon County Board

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

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 1011 S. 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois 62704 217.525.1173 | www.gscc.org UPDATE (USPS 0703 630) is published six times a year by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 1011 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, IL. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to UPDATE, 1011 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704.

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Tim Rowles......................................The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce

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

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

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Message from the CEO As we wrap up the holiday season and 2016, it provides each of us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many things for which we are grateful. It has been our privilege to work with so many of you on important business and community issues, to represent you and make sure your collective voice has been heard over the last 12 months. We thank you for your Chamber membership and investment in our community.

We are confident your membership has provided great value to you and your business. What many don’t realize is your membership also provides great value to our community as a real investment in the future of Springfield and Sangamon County. Along with at least 100 businesses and organizations that invest specifically in The Quantum Growth Partnership (Q5), the economic development initiative led by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, your membership makes a difference!

Our mission is to enhance our members’ success and advance our economy. Our vision is to be a catalyst that helps create a strong, growing economy through talent, leadership and collaboration. No community or its economy ever stays the same - we are always moving in one direction or another. Success demands a focused, aggressive strategy, strengthened by community support and collaboration. Our priorities, strategies, and plans for the future are in place. We are more committed than ever to ensuring Sangamon County’s long-term prosperity and vitality. Your membership and investment help insure the long term vitality of our community. In fact, as a result of your membership and investments, we have seen significant community projects and accomplishments over the last several years, many of which are outlined below and on the following page.

Chris Hembrough President and CEO The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce We are grateful for our partnership with each of you. On behalf of Springfield and Sangamon County, thank you for your investment in membership and Q5, and thus, our community!

Projects and Accomplishments

Accelerated the launch of the first business incubator in downtown Springfield by providing seed funding capital in 2015 and 2016. Innovate Springfield now supports 11 new start-ups.

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Attracted developer who invested $8 million in a new downtown student housing facility, resulting in increased downtown population, development of vacant property, increase to the City tax rolls, and more traffic to downtown businesses.

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Since 2014, Q5 has worked with and provided specific community data and information to 63 companies considering an investment in the Springfield market. We have also hosted 13 community and site visits over the same time period.

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Provided funding to Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) for a business mentoring and internship program for African American males, with 26 students and 28 businesses participating.

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Expanded workforce efforts, resulting in investment of software that provides critical data to expanding and prospective businesses, ACT Certified Work Ready Community status, and meeting with local employers to ascertain workforce challenges.

Worked with The Springfield Project (TSP) to form a Downtown Community Development Corporation (CDC) to facilitate mixed use development to meet the downtown housing demand. The former First United Methodist Church at Fifth and Capitol has been identified for redevelopment in 2017.

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Worked with a large coalition led by Sangamon County and the City of Springfield to gain a Record of Decision by the Federal Railroad Association on the 10th Street corridor.

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Successfully advocated for a $26 million federal TIGER Grant to fund the Carpenter Street underpass, and a $14 million federal TIGER Grant to fund the Ash and Laurel Street underpasses.

Met with over 250 businesses since 2014 through our Business Retention and Expansion program identifying and assisting with numerous retention and expansion efforts of local companies. Also identified business climate issues to address with local policy makers.

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Recognized members via social media marketing, ribbon cuttings, web listings, and print mediums.

Advocated on behalf of and informed members about important business related topics, including the proposed overtime rules and key legislative issues.

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Q5 worked with TSP to attract $2.65 million in federal funds for East Springfield Redevelopment, allowing the acquisition of 108 properties in the Neighborhood of Hope for the development of single family homes. Also worked with TSP to employee over 400 youth with 56 local businesses through the Summer Youth Employment Program.

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Q5 staff continues to work with StandardAero, one of Sangamon County’s major employers, and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) regarding the expansion of LLCC’s aviation program to help meet StandardAero’s growing employment and workforce demands. As a result of the ongoing work, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (LRS) invested $850,000 to help expand the LLCC aviation training facility.

 Provided members with direct access to local, state, and federal officials at an annual reception.  Q5 helped Henry Technologies, a leader in design and manufacturing of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning components located in Chatham, Illinois, secure incentives through local officials to complete a renovation project in their production facility, which also assisted with employee retention and expansion efforts. Q5 continues to work with the company regarding workforce demands.  Enhanced The Chamber’s presence in Sangamon County by developing a formal membership alliance with the Rochester Business Association.  The Q5 Development Policy Council worked with the City of Springfield to advocate for an increase in yearly infrastructure investment, as well as the three (3) year, $86 million road, sidewalks and storm sewer investment and the 10 year, $55 million sewer repair system. Also, streamlined the land subdivision process and the electric and water installation fees for new subdivisions.  Assisted with retaining 450 jobs, by advocating for keeping the United States Postal Service facility in Springfield and local businesses that rely on the facility, and contributing funds toward legal action which helped stop the movement of traffic safety division jobs out of Springfield.  Worked with Springfield, Sangamon County, labor and the Springfield Airport Authority on a $3 million federal appropriation for the construction of a new airport entrance road that helps ensure the viability of the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield. Currently coordinating advocacy for a new cyber mission at the 183rd.

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The 2017 Chamber Board of Directors is: front row, left to right, Gina Gemberling, Dr. Ruby Davis, Pamela Frazier, Tom Gihl, Elena Kezelis, Jennifer Gill, and Diane Rutledge. Second row, Jim Britton, John McCarthy, Lori Milosevich, Mike Murphy, Mayor Jim Langfelder, and Tim Smith. Third row, Roger Austin, Mark Hanna, Brian Oaks, Jim Sullivan, and Dr. Charles Lucore. Raylene DeWitte Grischow, of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and Roger Austin, of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., are new members to the board.

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Join us for The Chamber’s 148th Annual Gala

The Annual Gala is a prestigious dinner that The Chamber has hosted for 148 years. This event provides an opportunity to gather with top business and community leaders throughout Sangamon County. We hold the Gala each year to celebrate Chamber accomplishments from the previous year, review priorities for the current year and recognize exceptional volunteer leaders. The evening is also a great chance to catch up with friends, colleagues and key business leaders.

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The Chamber, TSP lead downtown church 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 mixeduse 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 Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 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 market rate residential units. There will be sixteen (16) Wayne Utterback/The Chamber one bedroom apartments and nine (9) two The Chamber, The Springfield Project, and Economic Growth Corporation plan to bedroom apartments. There are ongoing redevelop the former First United Methodist Church on the corner of Fifth and Capitol in discussions with a local organization about downtown Springfield into a mixed-use facility with commercial and residential space. utilizing the commercial kitchen in the lower level of the facility. The completion of the project is dependent upon a number of factors. This project plans to utilize four different types of financing including New Markets Tax Credits, Federal Historic Tax Credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF), as well as debt financing. A commitment of NMTC has already been received and the city’s Economic Development Commission unanimously recommended City Council approval of the TIF request. While TIF and Historic Tax Credit projects are familiar incentives in Springfield, the New Markets Tax Credits are not as common, only a few local projects have utilized the program. New Markets Tax Credits provide private investors a federal tax credit for investments made in projects targeted in distressed census tracts. This tax credit provides equity into the project and is offered through the US Department of the Treasury. The development plan calls for design work and financing of the project to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The construction phase of the project is expected to take about a year to complete 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 that has been made to date. We are committed to encouraging and promoting downtown revitalization. A great way to do that is to redevelop this prominent facility that has been empty for over eight years, address the need for additional downtown residential units, 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. CHAMBERUPDATE |

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The traditional thought on Chamber membership is that you have to attend a lot of events to receive value from it. While event attendance can enhance your membership experience, particularly if you are seeking to build your business network, it is not the only way to benefit from membership.

In addition to having access to member to member marketing possibilities like event sponsorships and advertising in our Update magazine, eUpdate emails and on our website, it opens up other promotional channels that are sometimes overlooked. As a member of The Chamber, a number of opportunities are unlocked that aren’t available to non-members such as: • Online business profile which includes a 200 character description, link to your company website, location on a Google map and a "contact" us feature that protects your email address from unsolicited communications • Opportunity to grow your business at nearly 50 Chamber events each year, access to Chamber advertising vehicles and various FREE business development programs including Hot Deals, Member News, radio interview, ribbon cuttings and business referral services • Access to The Chamber's SEO based website platform that puts your company in front of over 17,500 website visitors a month Being a member of The Chamber is an effective business strategy. It provides your business with a marketing tool that gives you a number of options and access to an engaged

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Fall 2016 Economic Outlook Survey results released The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the University of Illinois Springfield Survey Research Office has partnered since 2008 on the Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey. This survey is conducted in the spring and in the fall and examines the economic perceptions, expectations, and challenges business, non-profit organizations, and public sector entities face. Specifically, the survey asks representatives of organizations who are members of The Chamber to provide responses to a number of questions pertaining to the organizations’ economic outlook over the next twelve months.

The Economic Outlook Survey enhances the Business Retention and Expansion program to get indicators of how our local employers view the current state of the economy and what their needs are. It is hardly a surprise that our local businesses, non-profits and government institutions have lower than normal expectations regarding the economy given the Illinois budget situation and the overall negativity that comes with presidential elections. Some of the key indicators that we look for in the survey are expected growth, biggest obstacles and the topical section that changes with each survey.

Expected Growth

Each year respondents are asked what their expectations are for both the overall Sangamon County economy and for their own business and organization. This fall, only 31% expected growth of the overall economy compared to 58% a year ago. However, respondents’ expectations for their own businesses remain largely positive or stable for the next 12 months. Respondents expect growth in gross revenue/ sales, profitability and overall status of their own organizations while expecting capital investment and the total number of employees to remain roughly the same. The contrast between businesses view of the overall economy and their own firms is consistent with businesses usually optimistic about their own business.

Biggest Obstacles

The survey asks respondents to identify their three biggest challenges over the next 12 months from a list of thirteen challenges (including the option to specify some other, unlisted challenge). Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents list state government finances more than any other challenge (56%). This figure is nearly the same as the spring survey in which 55% of respondents listed state government finance as on the biggest challenges facing their organization. The next highest challenge was government regulations and taxation (44%) followed by consumer confidence (44%).

Topical Section

The topical section for this year focused largely on economic development. The survey presents respondents with eleven different proposed economic development strategies and were asked to say whether each strategy would have a negative effect, no effect, or a positive effect. For each strategy, a plurality or majority of respondents said it would have a positive effect though the extent to which respondents thought the strategies would be positive differs greatly (see figure 6). Overall, respondents were most optimistic about repairing infrastructure with 83% saying this strategy would have a positive effect. Respondents are also positive about investing in public schools (76%), lowering utility costs (75%), providing employers with tax incentives (75%), and expanding workforce training programs (74%). A copy of the full report can be downloaded at www. springfieldadvantage.org under Data in the Research Center. CHAMBERUPDATE |

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Chamber hires advertising representative Te r i Hill has joined The Chamber as its Advertising Representative. Teri previously worked as an account executive for Illinois Times and prior to that worked as an account executive for Smart Media USA, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and served as General Manager of the Springfield Shopper.

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She has also served as a Chamber Ambassador for the last three years. Teri will be responsible for helping members develop marketing strategies by utilizing Chamber advertising options such as the Update magazine, eUpdate emails and website. Teri can be reached at (217) 525-1173 ext. 208 or at thill@gscc.org.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge 1130 Legacy Pointe Drive (217) 679-7249

Gateway Foundation 2200 Lake Victoria Drive (217) 529-9266

Innovate Springfield 1405 Stevenson Drive (217) 585-1620

Memorial Physician Services 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd. (217) 726-1001

Roberts Seafood Company 1615 W. Jefferson St. (217) 546-3089

Rutledge Youth Foundation 151 N. Bruns Ln., Suite 1 (217) 525-7757

Smoky Jennings Springfield 3040 Kelly Lane (217) 679-2810

Springfield Business Journal 427 E. Monroe St., Suite 200 (217) 726-6600

WindSolar USA 104 N. Sixth St., Suite 300 (217) 825-4206

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Welcome to our New Members October and November, 2016

A Storage Box

Connect Hearing

Modern Countertops

AdGators Digital Signage Co.

CYMB Consulting

My Angel Vision, LLC

Boony Smith Luparell 2945 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62702 T: (217) 753-3075 http://www.astoragebox.com Storage - Household & Commercial

Vicki Michaels 2425 W. Iles Ave, Suite 102 Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 546-7790 www.connecthearing.com Hearing Aids (Audiologists)

Josh Budd 3905 Kingsley Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 553-1670 www.adgators.com Signs

Charles Young Springfield, IL 62704 T: (323) 800-1773 www.changeyourprospective.com Advertising Agencies & Counselors

Duggins Design Center, Inc.

The Alibi

Ted Duggins 1070 E. Lincoln Street Riverton, IL T: (217) 629-7300 www.dugginsdesigncenter.com Counter Tops

Daniel Nika 320 East Main Rochester, IL 62563 T: (217) 498-1129 www.the-alibi.com Restaurants - Bar & Grill

Fields of Sweets

Amec Foster Wheeler

Eleana Fielding Rochester, IL 62563 T: (516) 761-8689 www.fieldsofsweets.com Bakeries

Brad Loomis 850 Vandalia St., Suite 230 Collinsville, IL 62234 T: (636) 386-3800 www.amecfw.com Engineers - Environmental & Civil

Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge Jaime Gilchrist 1130 Legacy Pointe Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 679-7249 Restaurants

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Taylor Griffin Crete, IL 60417 T: (312) 634-2481 www.avaya.com Communications Systems - Sales & Service

Beldon Home Solutions LeafGuard of Central Illinois Nathan Bowman 6200 S. Second St., Suite D Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 529-4136 www.beldonspringfield.com Gutters and Downspouts

Tim Kratz 3921 Pintail Drive Suite A Springfield, Illinois 62704 T: (217) 341-1339 www.gfs.com Distributors - Food Service & Institutional

Tim Butler 128-E Stratton Office Building Springfield, IL 62706 T: (217) 782-0053 www.reptimbutler.org Government / Government Officials

Hand of Fate Brewing Company

Nick Bartletti 445 N. Walnut Street Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 679-6567 www.cardinalcleaningonline.com Cleaning Services - Commercial & Residential

Children’s Hospital of Illinois Michael Wells 320 E. Carpenter Springfield, IL 62702 T: (309) 655-7171 www.childrenshospitalofillinois.org/ Physicians & Surgeons, Cardiac Care 10

Chris West 1032 S. Second St. Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 679-7361 Engineers – Consulting

Gordon Food Service

Hon. Tim Butler, State Representative (87th District)

Cardinal Cleaning LLC

Frank & West Environmental Engineers, Inc.

Mike Allison 107 E. Douglas Petersburg, IL 62675 T: (217) 691-1098 www.handoffatebrewing.beer Microbreweries & Wineries

Lease Home to Buy

Kemi Osibamowo 920 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 718-2494 www.leasehometobuy.com Real Estate - Lease or Rental Properties (Residential)

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Eric Henderson 2527 N. Fifth St. Springfield, IL 62702 T: (217) 210-2460 www.moderncountertops.com Counter Tops Kelly Wells 2205 Wabash Ave., Suite 107 Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 679-0589 www.myangelvision.com Medical Services

Once Upon A Child

Summer Glauberman 4225 W. Wabash Ave. Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 691-8850 www.onceuponachildspringfield.com Retail Stores

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Joe McLaurin 601 N. Bruns Lane Springfield, IL 62702 T: (877) 200-7745 www.ppil.org Healthcare Services

Randstad Technologies

Brian Leady 808 S. Eldorado Road, Suite 200 Bloomington, IL 61704 T: (309) 862-4551 www.randstadtechnologies.com Employment / Staffing - IT Services

Remarkable Resale

Kitty Boyce 130 S. John St. Rochester, IL 62563 T: (217) 498-9434 www.remarkableresale.com Retail Stores

RNR Bindery

Nick Graham 499 Rachel Road Girard, IL 62640 T: (217) 627-2143 www.rrbindery.com Printing & Mailing – Commercial

Rochester State Bank

Kim Kleinschmidt 133 S. John St. Rochester, IL 62563 T: (217) 498-7111 www.rochesterstatebank.com Banks

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Ken Hollis 993 Clocktower Drive, Suite C Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 303-5967 www.securitasjobs.com Security Guard & Patrol Service

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Slumberland Furniture

Voices of Mike Media

WindSolar USA, Inc.

Solid Ground Solutions, Inc.

Waters Agency, Inc.

Hon. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, State Representative (87th District)

Timothy Bleed 2450 Chuckwagon Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 241-1455 www.slumberland.com Furniture Dealers

William Bishop 2105 1/2 E. Cornell Ave. Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 553-1081 www.sgsincorporated.com Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance

Mike Krcil 920 Pheasant Run Sherman, IL 62684 T: (847) 217-6950 www.voicesofmike.com Media Perry Waters 124 N. John St. Rochester, IL 62563 T: (217) 498-9309 Insurance

Michelle Knox 104 N. Sixth St., Suite 300 Springfield, IL 62701 T: (217) 825-4206 www.windsolarusa.com Solar Design and Installation

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez E-1 Stratton Office Building Springfield, IL 62706 T: (217) 782-0044 www.sarawojcickijimenez.com Government / Government Officials

Chamber acquires new tool to examine talent 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.

Recently, The Chamber purchased an additional survey tool called Talent, which will be used to explore employment practices, worker needs, and workforce challenges. This interview based questionnaire is designed to provide an understanding of the short and long-term workforce needs of employers in Springfield Hillier Moving Ad 1-2 H (Fall 2012).pdf 1 9/20/12 2:41 PM and Sangamon County. The overall goal is to get demand driven approaches to workforce development.

This local emphasis with The Chamber’s economic development efforts recognizes the fact that the overwhelming majority of business growth, job creation and workforce development comes from within our community’s existing base of businesses and employers. These two surveys will provide information that will be used to create data and trend lines which will be provided to the business community and government leaders to help plan for the future economic development of our area.

If your organization or human resources representative is interested in completing a Talent survey, please contact Sarah Graham at sgraham@gscc.org or 217-525-1173.

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2016 Retail Guide 2017 Calendar of Events available The 2016 Springfield & Sangamon County Guide to Retail is available at www.springfieldadvantage.org in the “Data” section under the Research Center. The Retail Guide is updated annually and provides maps and demographic information about the largest retail areas in Springfield as well as numerous villages and outlying communities in Sangamon County. The retail guide is done in partnership with the City of Springfield and is completed in October to coincide with the International Council of Shopping Centers Deal Making Trade Show in Chicago. This trade show brings together developers, retailers and other related businesses who are looking for expansion opportunities. This year the Guide to Retail was redesigned to provide a more easily readable format along with better mapping functions to give developers and businesses a better sense of our retail centers.

Annual Gala February 3, 2017

Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair April 4, 2017 Business Connections April 20, 2017 State of the City Luncheon April 20, 2017

The Retail Guide provides retail sales estimates by industry as well as population, household income, and age distribution for a 1, 3 and 5 mile radius for 29 different site locations throughout Sangamon County. Many other demographic reports are also available at www.springfieldadvantage.org. For more information, contact Josh Collins at (217) 525-1173 ext. 217 or jcollins@gscc.org.

Leadership Springfield Graduation May 24, 2017

Small Business Awards June 20, 2017 Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing July 13, 2017

Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair August 30, 2017 Elected Officials Reception September 21, 2017

Advertise in our 2017 Update magazines! Call Teri Hill! (217) 525-1173 ext. 208 ADVERTISERS INDEX Bella Milano.................................................................................................. 12 CEFCU..............................................................................................................5 GoWeb1............................................................................ Inside Back Cover Hanson Professional Services Inc..........................................Back Cover Hillier Records Management Company ��������������������������������������������������8 Hillier Storage & Moving Company ���������������������������������������������������������11 Lincoln Land Community College ����������������������������������������������������������� .6 Memorial Health System.............................................Inside Front Cover Republic Services.......................................................................................... 4 Springfield Shooting Center ����������������������������������������������������������������������6 Sundown One................................................................................................9

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CHAMBERUPDATE |

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Update - December 2016  

Issue 6 of The Chamber Update.

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