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A Successful Annual Meeting

What a tremendous turnout for our first Robertson County Chamber Annual Breakfast Meeting last week! In response to changing preferences, our staff decided to try turning our traditional annual dinner and social evening into two separate events: a breakfast meeting to cover the business of our annual members' meeting and awards and a social gala later in the year to serve as a networking and  fundraising event for the organization. The response so far is encouraging!  Our breakfast meeting at Stokes Brown Library attracted a capacity crowd of nearly 120 and the feedback we have received seems to indicate that a broad cross section of our members like the new format. 

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REdI Parent Survey Offers A Chance for Parent Input Into Your Child's Education

Do you have a child in Robertson County schools in grades Pre K - 5?  If so, we hope you will participate in this year's  parent survey, conducted by the Robertson Education Initiative (REdI) in cooperation with Robertson County Schools.  This survey is your opportunity as a parent or guardian to give feedback on your satisfaction with the educational opportunities afforded your student in Robertson County.

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Off and running...

The new Chamber year started with a bang on Monday, April 3 as we were honored to welcome Governor Bill Haslam to Robertson County for a visit. The Governor came to Springfield and toured the Highland Crest College campus and then Crestview Elementary School, where he spoke to a group of Tennessee Promise mentors, students and other invited guests.

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A New Year...A Personal Perspective

April 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the Robertson County Chamber, and coincidentally it is my first day home from a trip to Jeremie, Haiti with a medical mission team from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains. These posts are usually about our community and Chamber business, but I hope our readers will indulge a personal post this week.  Because a week in Haiti changes everything. 

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Chamber Thrives With Great Volunteer Leadership

For nearly 80 years, the Robertson Chamber of Commerce (albeit sometimes under a different name!) has served our community and its members with a wide variety of services, resources and programs. Trends have come and gone, events have flourished and faded away, but one thing has remained the same; the vital role of volunteer leadership. 

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The Changing Chamber Model

Arguably for the first 75 years of our Chamber's existence, the great majority of the work of the Chamber was actually done by volunteers. The traditional chamber model replicated across the United States was an organization made up of active members of the business community, gathering together to work on issues of importance to their economic prosperity and facilitated by an executive director and a small staff. 

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Busy End to Our Chamber Year

The Robertson County Chamber's new fiscal year begins on April 1, and we are ending our year with a rush of activities! This week you can attend an After Hours, a Women in Business and a Good Morning Robertson County all in the space of three days! 

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Spring Cleaning This Year Includes Recycling in Robertson County

Thanks to another great partnership between Robertson County and the City of Springfield, our community is poised to take a first step towards more responsible and environmentally sound ways to dispose of our trash. A pilot recycling project will begin with a group of 300 households in downtown Springfield on April 1,  providing a way to document the efficacy of single stream recycling in reducing the amount of waste that is taken to landfills from Robertson County. 

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Transportation Funding is Critical to Robertson County

This week the Tennessee House will take up discussion of Governor Haslam's IMPROVE Act,  a transportation funding bill which seeks to increase funding for road and traffic improvements through a 7-cent increase in the state gas tax. While residents and businesses are  right to be skeptical about raising taxes, it is critical that our state legislators examine this issue in depth and make sure that the important needs for road maintenance and expansion are taken care of in an expedient and responsible manner. 

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Two Chamber Events You Don't Need to Miss!

Two great Chamber events are coming up in the next two weeks!  Read on to find out the where, what and when!

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