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On the Cover Springfield Ward 10 Alderman Ralph Hanauer, left, talks with Paul O’Shea at the Elected Officials Reception, which was held on Sept. 21 at the Illinois Association of Realtors. Also pictured are Phil Martin, Martin Engineering Company, and Josh Collins of The Chamber.

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.

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Jim Britton......................................................Chair-Elect

Express Employment Professionals

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

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

Memorial Medical Center Foundation

At-Large Directors Roger Austin.......................Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Dr. Ruby Davis..............................Ruby Funeral Services

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

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Pamela Frazier.....................................All In One On-Site

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Jennifer Gill............................................Springfield Public

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Dr. Charles Lucore..................HSHS St. John’s Hospital Greg Matthews...........................Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. Mike Murphy......................MPM Restaurant Consultants

Trends and market insights to be shared at the Economic Outlook Breakfast

Tom Gihl....................................................................Chair

Elena Kezelis..............................Immediate Past Chair

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

District Association

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

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Member Recognition

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Advertiser’s Index

Leadership Springfield Class of 2018

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Appointed Member Sheryl Daugherty..................The Arizona Tile Company

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

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

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Commissioner David Mendenhall...............Sangamon

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Brian Oaks..............................................The BOS Center

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

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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 Tom Owen.........Membership Sales Representative Wayne Utterback............Communications Manager Cassie Veach.............................................Receptionist Alexandria Velten........................Executive Assistant

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Developing tomorrow’s leaders

This month, Leadership Springfield, a program of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, begins its 32nd class, which will graduate in May of 2018. The purpose of Leadership Springfield is to identify, motivate and professionally develop emerging leaders from a cross-section of the community and to help them develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of our community. Leadership Springfield may be more relevant today than any other time in the program’s history. When you consider our everchanging 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 emerging leaders who can and will provide a voice for the many initiatives that are important to our community. The Springfield Rail Improvements Projects, other infrastructure needs, the business climate, urban revitalization, economic expansion, diversity advancement, workforce expansion, the state of our state – all of these important issues need a growing number of leaders who are not only willing but are prepared to lead. 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. The ultimate measure of leaders is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where they stand in times of challenge, opposition and controversy. Over the course of eight months, participants will learn a number of leadership development capabilities and develop awareness of our community in the areas of Tourism & the Arts; Health Care; Education; State Government; Homeland Security & Public Safety; Economic Development; and Poverty & Diversity/ Inclusion Awareness.

Chris Hembrough President and CEO The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce The participants are also challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations. Today, we are proud to say there are more than 850 graduates of Leadership Springfield serving our community, as well as others, in various public, private and not-for-profit leadership capacities. These professionals often cite Leadership Springfield as one of the critical components in their leadership development. Information about Leadership Springfield can be found on the Chamber’s website (www.gscc.org/leadership-springfield). This is a great resource for prospective participants and employers, current participants and alumni. The application deadline for the Class of 2019 (beginning September 2018) is June 30, 2018.

Leadership Springfield Class of 2018 Frankie Baker-Brown Springfield Public School Dist. 186 April Becker Hanson Professional Services Inc. Deanna Blackwell Lincoln Land Community College Stacey Courtwright Russell Junior League of Springfield Michael Curtis Memorial Health System Bradley Franke Bee Chosen Marketing + Mobile Apps Scott Germeraad Springfield Electric Supply Co. 2

Jeaneene Gesell HSHS Medical Group Austin Graham Illinois National Bank Kayla Graven Big Brothers Big Sisters Steve Hewell TROXELL J. Gregory Huntley Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Megan Hutcheson Memorial Health System William Kane Heartland Credit Union Jordan Kelly Northwestern Mutual Sarah Kinkade H.D. Smith

Amanda Long Springfield Police Department Justin Mason Kerber, Eck & Braeckel Brent Mason CEFCU Veronica McQuire CEFCU Austin Mudd Troxell Lauren Murphy SIU School of Medicine Kristin Nisbet-White UIS Lisa Price SIU School of Medicine

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Allison Richard Brown, Hay & Stephens

Darren Volle Springfield Electric Supply Co.

Adena Rivas City of Springfield

Monica Walls-Butler Springfield Public School Dist. 186

Tiffani Saunders UIS

Jessica Weitzel City of Springfield

Jayson Smith United Community Bank

Matthew Yarnell HSHS St. John's Hospital

Elizabeth Standley ILMO Products Company Anna Sutton Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

Raychel Yokem Horace Mann

Cindy Thayer Compass for Kids Lucas Turner Horace Mann

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Potential EmberClear power plant to have large economic impact in Sangamon County The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University to prepare an economic impact analysis of the proposed EmberClear power plant. The capital investment is expected to be $1 billion and would create between 500 – 800 construction jobs during the construction period. Operations of the power plant will create 30 – 40 jobs with an average salary of $80,000 - $90,000. The economic impact study used 650 construction jobs and 35 operational jobs since those numbers were the middle of the range given. The economic impact of the proposed power plant is larger than anticipated with the summary below. To view the full study, go to www.springfieldadvantage.org in the news section. Construction Economic Impact

• 410 jobs will be created indirectly (business to business) and induced (household spending) • Total job creation after plant is operational is 445 jobs

The Chamber has assisted the company through site selection, community involvement and now through the completion of the Enterprise Zone application at the local level. The project must still have the Enterprise Zone approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as well as complete several regulatory requirements and permitting processes. The Chamber will continue to work with representatives of the company to make sure Sangamon County has every opportunity imaginable to see that jobs and capital investment are created in our community.

• Creation of 650 direct jobs • Indirect and induced job creation is 2,712. Indirect jobs are the impact of the project’s spending with local contractors and suppliers (business to business) while induced jobs are the impact of household spending of the project’s employees in the local community • Creation of 3,362 total jobs during plant construction when counting direct, indirect and induced Operational Economic Impact • After construction, the plant anticipates employing 30 – 40 people (study used 35 for direct jobs)

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The potential EmberClear power plant would be located to the south of Pawnee near the Ameren substation.

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John Maxwell Live2Lead event January 23 Exclusively for members - save the date! The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will host a rebroadcast of the John Maxwell Live2Lead leadership development event, which will feature John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, New York Times bestselling author and coach; Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert, bestselling author; Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.; and Warrick Dunn, former NFL running

back, partner of the Atlanta Falcons. You’ll breathe new life into your leadership during this information-packed half day event. Learn from world-class leadership experts in the morning and return to your office ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment. The event will take place Tuesday,

January 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (228 W. Miller St., Springfield). It is a rebroadcast of the live event that was held in October. Registration is now open and the cost to attend is $59 per person. To register, visit the Event Calendar on The Chamber’s website or contact Bri Coons at (217) 525-1173 ext. 216 or bcoons@gscc. org.

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Connect program links area high school students to local employers This initiative aligns a student’s career interests with local companies and their employees who have registered with Connect. Some of the benefits of signing your company up to participate are:

When Q5 staff visit with local employers about expansion, finding qualified workers is frequently identified as a barrier to their company’s growth. Additionally, our community has identified the outflow of young professionals as a major concern for future prosperity to our region. The new Connect initiative brings together education and industry to help students understand and link with local employment and career opportunities, as a way to meet employers’ workforce needs and retain young people in our community. Connect is a web-based, career preparation and readiness platform that links area high school students to local employers, providing them with real workplace experiences. This online resource integrates career development tools, social media elements and workforce data into one seamless system to help companies, students, educators parents1 connect Hillier Moving Ad 1-2 H (Falland 2012).pdf 9/20/12 efficiently 2:41 PM and effectively.

Create visibility for your company as students and job seekers explore their career options

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Promote our local community as a place to live and work, now and in the future

The Chamber’s Q5 program devotes significant staff and financial resources to workforce development because it is one of the most important aspects to business retention, expansion and attraction. The overall goal of this new endeavor is to enrich the local workforce by engaging students and businesses early in a student’s career exploration process and create a talent pipeline for employers, ultimately stimulating community growth. We are asking all area employers to register to participate with Connect. Register at www.gscc.org or please contact Sarah Graham at (217) 525-1173 ext. 221 or sgraham@gscc.org.

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Trends and market insights to be shared at the Economic Outlook Breakfast Chase and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce present the 2017 Economic Outlook Breakfast on Tuesday, November 14 at UIS in the Public Affairs Center. This year, our keynote speaker will be nationally recognized economist Stephen Jury, Managing Director of JPMorgan Private Bank and the Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Specialists (FICC). Doors open and buffet begins at 7:15 a.m. with the program starting at 8:00 a.m.

Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey will be announced, which is conducted by the UIS Survey Research Office on behalf of The Chamber.

Business leaders in Sangamon County gather at The Chamber’s annual Economic Outlook Breakfast to hear an overview of our national economy, how it will impact our local community and affect the business environment. Mr. Jury will also review global issues that are driving U.S. economics, and will provide an outlook for investment markets.

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For more information on registering for the event, or if you have any questions, please contact Bri Coons at (217) 5251173 ext. 216 or bcoons@gscc.org.

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2017 Retail Guide now available digitally The 2017 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, traffic counts and demographic information about the largest retail areas in Springfield as well as numerous villages and outlying communities in Sangamon County.

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The Retail Guide provides retail sales estimates by industry as well as population, household, household income, and age distribution for a 1, 3 and 5 mile radius for 29 different site locations throughout Sangamon County. If you are interested in developing or opening a retail establishment and could use demographic information to assist you in your business decision, please contact The Chamber. Many other demographic reports are also available at www.springfieldadvantage.org.

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The retail guide, done in partnership with the City of Springfield and Sangamon County, is completed in the fall to coincide with the International Council of Shopping Centers Deal Making Trade Show in Chicago. Chamber and City staff attend this trade show that brings together developers, retailers and other related businesses who are looking for expansion opportunities.

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Summer Youth Employment Program completes successful year, adds new employers T h e S u m m e r Yo u t h E m p l o y m e n t program successfully wrapped up its 10th year with 21 youths and seven local businesses participating. The ongoing diversity program is a partnership between The Springfield Project, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce that lasts 6 to 8 weeks during the summer. Over 50 businesses and more than 450 youths have participated since the inception of the program and, this year, six new employers were added to the mix, including: • 5th Street Renaissance • All in One Management • St. John’s School of Nursing • Innovate Springfield • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region • All Star Kutz These organizations believe that one of the ways to enhance a youth’s future potential for long-term employability is

through education, opportunity and early intervention. The initiative takes a proactive approach by providing participants the necessary job training, skill set development, and mentoring that will make them attractive to potential employers. Another goal is to enlighten, encourage and empower young people to develop the skills needed to become powerful leaders in their schools and communities. The business community benefits because participants Photo provided in the program provide a Program participant Charlie Newman worked with valuable labor pool while Nadia Gronkowski, Innovate Springfield’s Social establishing new relationships Innovation Program Coordinator, during the summer. leading to potential fulltime employment and other For more information or to participate in opportunities in the future. In addition, next year’s program, contact Tim Rowles the program allows talented youths the at (217) 525-1173 ext. 210 or trowles@ advantage of interacting with professionals gscc.org. they may not normally come in contact with at an early age.

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ELEVATE Springfield wraps up inaugural year

ELEVATE Springfield Young Professionals, which focuses on professional development, leadership, and mentoring, has had a successful inaugural year. The group has held professional development events, CEO roundtables and networking events that engaged more than 15 CEOs and community leaders from various industries. These events allowed young professionals to network and get valuable information from these successful business leaders. In addition to the various events held, The Chamber and the Sangamo Club established a new partnership which encourages professional development opportunities. This partnership offers membership to ELEVATE Springfield and the Sangamo Club’s Emerging Professionals at a discounted price, as well as all of the benefits of membership. The culminating ELEVATE Springfield event of 2017 will be “Coffee with CEOs�, which will include all of the community leaders that participated in the various events throughout the year. ELEVATE Springfield Young Professionals is committed to being the premiere organization that attracts, retains, and enhances young leaders through professional and personal development opportunities. If you are interested in joining ELEVATE Springfield in 2018, please refer to the website at www.ypspringfield.org or contact Sarah Graham at (217) 525-1173 ext. 221 or sgraham@gscc.org.

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Welcome to our New Members July and August 2017

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Curry Chiropractic

Stellar Aviation of Springfield

Heartland Hearing, Inc.

Sunbelt Rentals

Charlie Stolzenbach Springfield, IL T: (217) 741-8681 http://www.theacmevending.com Vending Machines

Wanda Brann 2060 W. Iles Ave., Suite C Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 679-4299 http://www.heartlandhearingaids.com Hearing Aids (Audiologists)

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John Curry 13936 State Highway 97 Petersburg, IL 62675 T: (217) 502-1181 http://www.currychiro.com Chiropractic Physicians

Patty Knepler 212 N. Sixth St. Springfield, IL 62701 T: (217) 558-8844 http://www.AbrahamLincoln.Illinois.gov Museums

Acme Vending, Inc.

Diana Cherry P.O. Box 7496 Springfield, IL 62791 T: (217) 726-9624 Community Organizations

Ashlie Kuehn 1224 Centre West Drive, Suite 200E Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 679-0526 http://www.hessemartone.com Attorneys

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois

Capital City Property Management Glenna Winters 3126 S. Sixth St. Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 679-1234 Real Estate - Property Management

Circle M Appraisal, Inc. Heidi McKinney Springfield, IL 62712 T: (217) 638-9847 Real Estate - Appraisers

Coe Equipment, Inc.

Courtney Ostrowski 5953 Cherry St. Rochester, IL 62563 T: (217) 498-7200 http://www.coe-equipment.com Industrial Equipment & Supplies

Commerce Bank

Nick Moran 1339 E. Empire Bloomington, IL 61701 T: (309) 823-7256 http://www.commercebank.com Banks

Stephen Dunlevy 3040 E. Ash St. Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 528-1065 http://www.sunbeltrentals.com Rental Services

Melissa Townsend 3325 S. Sixth St. Rd., Suite 9 Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 691-0117 Tanning Salons

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Holzmacher Chiropractic

Toelle, Alstott & Associates

Springfield Learning Center

Wanless-Spengler, Ltd.

Jim McSweeney 6220 Canadian Cross Drive Springfield, IL 62711 T: (217) 585-1102 http://www.hicksgas.com Propane

William Legge 300 S. 15th St. Springfield, IL 62703 T: (217) 544-0548 http://www.bgccil.org Not-For-Profit Agencies

Brad Kost 900 Capital Airport Drive Springfield, IL 62707 T: (217) 523-5080 http://www.stellaraviationgroup.com Aircraft Parts and Service

Rodney Holzmacher 1340 S. State Street Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 210-2660 http://holzmacher-chiropractic.com/ Chiropractic Physicians John Champaign 1617 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 960-0884 http://www.springfieldlearningcenter.com/ Education

Springfield Mowers & Power Equipment

Rob Kalabus 1514 W. Jefferson St. Springfield, IL 62702 T: (217) 679-3925 http://www.springfieldmowers.com/ Lawn & Garden Equipment - Sales & Service

James Hamilton 219 S. Fifth St. Springfield, IL 62701 T: (217) 679-6448 http://www.tacology101.com/ Restaurants Danielle Alstott 2325 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite A Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 698-8880 http://toellecpa.com Accountants - C.P.A. Jim Kuhar 2731 S. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100 Springfield, IL 62704 T: (217) 415-5555 Real Estate - Commercial Sales or Leasing

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Kacie Root 2427 Denver Drive, Suite B Springfield, IL 62702 T: (217) 528-6510 http://www.worldacceptance.com Finance Companies

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Cooper’s Alley Side 3115 E. Sangamon Ave. (217) 836-2657

Electric Ave. Clothier 3351 S. Sixth St. Frontage Rd., Suite 4 (217) 679-7088

Garrison Group 739 S. Fifth St. (217) 241-0202

Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP 3200 Robbins Rd., Suite 200A (217) 789-0960

Kennedy Sue Gift & Home 4311 Yucan Drive (217) 679-1145

Lu Lu’s Diner 608 S. Ninth St. (217) 210-2277

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists (217) 652-1180

Sky Zone Springfield 3454 Liberty Drive (217) 331-6600

Starcrest Cleaners 2025 S. MacArthur Blvd. (217) 679-0339

Sunless Escape by Melissa Townsend 3325 S. Sixth St. Rd., Suite 9 (217) 691-0117

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Chamber’s Annual Meeting Tuesday, December 12 Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Lincoln Land Community College Trutter Center 5250 Shepherd Rd. Springfield, IL Join us at our Annual Meeting for breakfast and a review of 2017 accomplishments and priorities for 2018.

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