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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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Steve Sparks to Retire as SEE Director

For the past few months,  we have been planning for the wrap-up of the Realizing Robertson’s Future program of work. This plan, funded by more than 50 public and private investors, was originally planned with a four year timeline, but with some penny pinching and several in-kind donations we were able to stretch the funding out to last through June 2017, a five year horizon.   We have accomplished a lot of very positive things through the generous investors of RRF, most notably the growth and expansion of the Robertson Education Initiative (REdI) and the development of our business retention and expansion efforts, Supporting Existing Employers (SEE). 

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A little bit of Christmas for everyone...

Another Thanksgiving holiday is a wrap and the Christmas shopping season has officially begun.  We will see in January and February how our #ShopLocal efforts have panned out when we see the sales tax collections for the months of November and December.  Just from anecdotal evidence and personal observations, it does seem like folks are getting the message and being intentional about shopping with local merchants and small businesses, From one end of Robertson County to the other, Friday and Saturday looked like busy days for both our big box stores and our retail boutiques.

As November comes to a close and the reality sinks in that Christmas is just a few weeks away, the Chamber would like to lift up the efforts of some of our member organizations and others around Robertson County to make sure that everyone enjoys a little Christmas joy this year.

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Being Thankful for Our Small Businesses

This week is Thanksgiving and here in Robertson County we have much to be thankful for.  The beautiful landscapes, our small towns full of character, friends, family and neighbors that pull together in times of need, and an economy that is robust and prosperous. Robertson County continues to be a place of opportunity, both for our lifelong residents and for the newcomers who have joined us to share in the quality of life and sense of place that we enjoy here.

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Christmas Begins in Robertson County

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 19, 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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Moving Past Election Day

If you haven't already early voted, I hope you are planning to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8. Our right to vote is one of our most precious, and it should never be taken for granted. This right did not come easily, it was won for us by the sacrifices of patriots from the Revolutionary War to the activists who passed the 15th Amendment in 1870 and finally by the Suffragettes who fought for the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.

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How Can You Help Robertson County's Drive to 55?

Governor Haslam has launched an ambitious plan to develop a workforce in Tennessee that will be competitive with any state in the union as well as with the international markets.  Drive to 55 seeks to get 55% of  Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.  It is a three pronged approach: Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee LEAP.  

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Do You Know "What's Going On" in Robertson County?

It happens regularly.  Talking with someone about a Chamber program or event and they say, "I didn't know about that." Depending on my current state of mind, my reaction ranges from surprised to determined to frustrated. But it's a fact of life that even in our "connected" society, it remains difficult to get the word out about all the things happening in our community. 

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The holidays begin in Springfield!

It is a long time tradition that the Christmas parade in Springfield takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving! Santa officially arrives just in time for our annual Christmas on the Square festival to visit with the children and listen to their Christmas wish lists. Then he mounts up on the Springfield Fire Department ladder truck and rides through town in the parade. 

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