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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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Governor Focuses on Broadband Access

Access to reliable, affordable broadband is a big issue in Robertson County. Coverage by the major players in this market is primarily only available in the denser, more urban areas of the county. Robertson County, like Sumner and  Montgomery, have wide swaths of less densely populated areas in the northern sections which have little or no access to these services.

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Job Shadowing Program Honors Carol Sletto

This Thursday, on Ground Hog Day, nearly 200 Robertson County high school juniors will spend the day "shadowing" someone in a field or job that may be of interest to them as a long term career choice.  From bankers to manufacturers, a wide variety of Robertson County businesses will welcome these students into their establishments and allow them a glimpse into the real world of their jobs. 

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Start the New Year at Good Morning Robertson County

We hope you have had a great start to 2017! This week we invite you to help us kick off our 2017 slate of Chamber networking events with a bang at Good Morning Robertson County on Thursday, January 19, 7:30 am, at Springfield City Hall. 

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2017...the Year of Healthcare

By the end of this month a new president will take office and a new era of Republican-led initiatives will begin. One of the most important and heavily discussed topics is the future of healthcare in the United States. Whether you consider yourself republican, democrat or independent, the future of federal and state funding of healthcare will affect your personal and business life in the year ahead. 

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New Year's Wish List..

With the new year beginning I've read a lot of posts on social media about goals and resolutions for 2017. And of course the calendar year end is a time that many businesses are evaluating their operations and making plans for changes to come. It strikes me that it is also a good time for our community to take stock of where we are and what we want to accomplish in the next twelve months.

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