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Realizing Robertson's Future Program Receives National Award In Year Two

Realizing Robertson's Future (RRF), a public/private partnership in which more than 50 Robertson County businesses, individuals, and public entities pledged $1.25 million to fund a four-year program of work targeted at enhancing the economic and community development of Robertson County, finished its second year of operations in June.

At an annual meeting of the investors on Monday, July 14, accomplishments were shared in the the four areas of emphasis: corporate recruitment, existing business support, transportation and infrastructure, and education and workforce development.

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Looking back...looking forward

Last year at our annual dinner we kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of this Chamber, and we honored a past filled with history and long-time partner members. At our chamber board retreat this year, we spent some time reminiscing about how much this organization has grown and evolved over the past decade. It was clear that this has been a game changing time in the life of our Chamber and as a group, we were all a bit amazed as we reviewed our accomplishments. It is easy to get so involved in the day to day details that we don’t appreciate the big picture, so in lieu of bringing in a guest speaker for our program, we took the opportunity to recognize the evolution of the organization over the past ten years.

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Reviving Downtown Springfield Part 2

The Chamber recently convened a town hall meeting as a "brain storming" session to facilitate a discussion about the future of downtown Springfield. We were extremely encouraged by the tremendous attendance and the engagement of those present. Nearly 75 participants filled City Hall, including Springfield aldermen, planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, historic district residents, property owners and business owners. It was a fruitful and productive discussion and a wide variety of important ideas and innovative suggestions were brought forward.

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Reviving Downtown Springfield

Last month we heard the bad news that Tricia’s on the Square, a long-time favorite place to grab lunch or breakfast in our historic district in Springfield, had decided to shut its doors as a retail establishment. Beyond the obvious disappointment for those who often enjoyed Tricia Templeton’s delicious sandwiches, salads and baked goodies, the closing is a great loss to the vibrancy and attractiveness of our downtown, leaving Burdett’s Tea Shop and The Depot as the only Main Street eateries.

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Chamber Lunch & Learn to Feature Housing Market Expert, Edsel Charles

This quarter our Lunch and Learn features a speaker who is much sought after in the middle Tennessee region. Edsel Charles, the founder and chairman of the board for MarketGraphics Research Group in Franklin, TN, will share his research and expertise as he updates attendees on the Robertson County and middle Tennessee real estate market. Sponsored by the chamber and the Robertson County Association of Realtors, Mr. Charles will address our guests on Thursday, October 25, 11:30 - 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Springfield First United Methodist Church at 511 Oak Street

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NorthCrest Medical Center Delivers Regional Medical Presence

Among the many factors that make a community attractive to expanding industries and businesses, the quality and availability of health care ranks high. Access to excellent healthcare facilities, services and physicians for their employees is critically important to decision makers for these businesses. Fortunately for Robertson County, NorthCrest Medical Center allows us to have all the right answers to inquiries about the status of healthcare in our community.

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What Does It Take to Get a Waffle House?

Waffle House, the latest addition to the Springfield restaurant scene, opened late last month with a grand celebration.
Folks in the area are excited to have Waffle House in the community and from the looks of the parking lot each time I have driven past, business has been great for this new eatery. City officials are excited about the additional sales tax revenue that will be generated for Springfield, over $5,000 annually based on estimates of national average store revenues for the Waffle House chain.

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Good Morning Robertson County – A Chamber Tradition

Begun in 1990 under the direction of executive director Gene Stinson and president Ted Stubblefield, Good Morning Robertson County has become the glue that holds the organization together. It offers a chance to meet new members, catch up with the news from around the county, and visit with old friends and business associates. Of course, it wouldn’t be a great chamber event without food, and there is always plenty of that. From humble beginnings of donuts and coffee to the elaborate breakfast buffets that our sponsors sometimes splurge on, there is no excuse for going to work hungry after GMRC.

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TNT Fans Bring Business to Robertson County

For the last two decades in Springfield, February means TNT time. If you are new to the area, that's the T-N-T Statewide Middle School Basketball Tournament (T-N-T stands for Tops ‘N Tennessee) which has taken place every February annually since 1989. Over the next three weekends, over 80 middle school basketball teams will compete in more than 70 games to be held at Springfield Middle School and The Center in Springfield. This tournament is the brain-child of Springfield Middle School coaches Nancy Williams and Kenneth Holman and has grown into an economic force which benefits not only Springfield Middle School but the entire business community.

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Chamber Membership... What's in it for me?

Another week, another ribbon cutting. For the past couple of months, our chamber ambassadors have been getting a lot of reminders to come out for the happy celebration of welcoming a new, relocated or expanded business to our community. On Monday, we had an especially exciting event as our chamber board members, elected officials and ambassadors helped the new Waffle House kick off their grand opening in Springfield.

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