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Shop Local is More than a Catch Phrase

With the annual Christmas on the Square festival and the Springfield Christmas Parade behind us, the holiday season has officially begun in Robertson County.  After a peaceful Thanksgiving with friends and family filled with blessings, wonderful food and great fellowship, most folks thoughts will turn to Christmas shopping and taking care of those wish lists.  You know what would make our local shops, restaurants and other businesses especially thankful this year?  If you and your family would choose to "shop local" whenever possible as you do your holiday shopping. 

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Christmas Begins in Springfield!

It is a long standing tradition here at the Robertson County Chamber that our annual Christmas festival and parade are held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. And while we certainly don't want to lessen the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday and all that it means, we are just a little bit proud that in middle Tennessee, Springfield is definitely Santa's first stop! Christmas on the Square will take place on Saturday, November 18, beginning at 10 am on the historic Court House Square in Springfield and the annual Christmas parade will begin at 2 pm. This year's festival is sponsored by Springfield Children's Clinic and our parade sponsor is Christmas Done Bright!

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Women in Business Provides Networking, Team Building and SHOPPING!

Last week our Chamber staff had a great Halloween day greeting trick or treaters around the Square dressed as the "Chamber Chicks!" It was appropriate because right now our Chamber staff is 100% female! And that will give you a good idea why our quarterly "Women in Business" events are some of our favorites. 

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Seven Reasons to Visit Downtown Springfield

Over the last three years a transformation has been taking place in downtown Springfield. New shops, restaurants and activities have been opening regularly and shoppers and diners are coming to Springfield from as far away as Bowling Green, KY and Mt. Juliet, TN. The beautiful Court House Square, our charming historic district and the many friendly entrepreneurs who have invested their lives in making Springfield the home for their growing businesses are all reasons why residents and visitors are making Springfield a destination for shopping, dining and  just hanging out. 

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Join 575 Others and Become a Chamber Member!

In the next few weeks, our chamber board members and ambassadors will be getting a lot of reminders to come out for the happy celebration of welcoming a new business to our community. We have four ribbon cuttings scheduled between now and November 10, each representing a brand new business opening in Robertson County. 

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Robertson County is Still a Job Seekers Market

The most recent report on the unemployment rate in Robertson County released in late September recorded our current rate at 3.5%. That is a 1.1% drop from one year ago and represents about 1,260 Robertson Countians who are actively seeking employment. Our labor force is estimated at 36,490, of which 35,230 are currently employed.  At these levels, it is often said that basically "everyone who wants a job has one​."  And while we know that is not necessarily true, it does indicate the tight labor market that faces our Robertson County business and industry as they seek to keep their operations running efficiently and prepare for future growth and expansion.

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The State of Our Schools

Each year for the past four, the Chamber has partnered with Robertson County Schools to bring our members and the community an update on the state of Robertson County's public education system.  Beginning in 2013 with former director Mike Davis, this informative lunch and learn session provides attendees a glimpse into the past year's accomplishments, a check-in on district scores, and a preview of new initiatives and plans for the system in the year ahead. 

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TN Promise is Thriving and Needs Your Help!

Last week we attended the final meeting with the class of 2017 Tennessee Promise scholarship recipients from Robertson County. Over 350 Robertson County students followed through and enrolled in community college or technical school and took advantage of the TN Promise last year. This year, we look for that number to grow.

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Welcoming Gina Holt as Springfield City Manager

Last month the Springfield Board of Mayor and Aldermen concluded their months long process of selecting a new city manager. Through our attendance at city meetings and our live tweeting of these meetings on our @RobCoAdvocate twitter account, the Chamber and our members have been interested observers of this process. We congratulate the board on the successful implementation of a thoughtful and open process with expert guidance from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. 

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Good News from Our Schools...

There has been a lot of good news on the education front in Robertson County over the past few weeks. Fresh on the heels of the hiring of new Director of Schools Dr. Chris Causey, our school district is beginning to see real results from the work and programs put in place under director Mike Davis. 

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