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Have You Experienced Springfield Lately?

For the past several years, a movement has been quietly taking place in downtown Springfield. What five years ago was a structurally beautiful downtown district peppered with lawyer's offices and vacant buildings looking for tenants has transformed into a vibrant home for retail, restaurants and community gatherings. This transformation has taken place because of entrepreneurs and small business owners who saw the potential and have invested their resources, passion and lives into making it a reality. 

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Chamber Offers Resources for Members and Community

What are the most important things that the Chamber does to help businesses grow and prosper and create a community that provides the things its residents need? That is a question that the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce staff and board considers every year as we look back on our past and make plans for our future.  Considering the skills, abilities, and platforms that we have and using them to meet the changing needs of our members and our community is essential to the relevance and impact that we can have in Robertson County.  One of those things is to be a  RESOURCE  that fills the gaps, educates and enhances our business and community  environment.

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Connecting Robertson County

Connections are important to all of us.  They create networks of family and friends. They help us share information. They help us process disappointment and loss. They create opportunities for new ideas and widening our circles of influence.  And as important as connections are in our personal lives, they can be even more important in our business and professional lives. 

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Airtech Honored as Industry of the Year

Last Thursday, the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce and our business retention and expansion program, SEE (Supporting Existing Employers) hosted our fifth annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast at the Springfield-Robertson County Airport.  This annual event brings industry reps from all across Robertson County together with elected officials, economic development partners, and industrial development board members for a chance to meet, network and hear from a speaker of interest to all.  The SEE program at the Chamber has been underwritten for the past five years by the investors of the Realizing Robertson's Future economic development campaign. 

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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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