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Working Together Works!

Earlier this month the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that Robertson County had been awarded a $25,000 grant to enhance and expand opportunities for "work-based learning" for our students.  The grants will assist the development or expansion of programs that promote career awareness and student readiness in grades K-12. Work-Based Learning is an education strategy that provides students with experiences to learn and develop career and job skills.  This announcement and the great things that will be offered to students in Robertson County as a result is a direct result of a collaborative effort between  Robertson County Schools CTE and the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce. 

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Remember Our Local Businesses During Snowmageddon

The wintry weather we have experienced in Robertson County over the last week has been magical and fun for a lot of folks...especially for our school-aged kids! I have to admit it is nice to have the weather force us to stay home, slow down and enjoy time with neighbors and family. Catching up on reading or tv shows and movies, enjoying games, playing in the snow, cleaning, fixing and organizing around the house, and even working from home if possible have been activities that have occupied those of us whose work doesn't require them to brave the elements. But the hard truth that we often don't consider is the effect that weather-related closures have on our small businesses and our collective economy. 

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Farm Issues Take the National Stage

This past week the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual conference was held in Nashville and farmers from all over the nation gathered to network and discuss issues that will affect their livelihoods in the year ahead. A highlight of the conference was the appearance on Monday of President Trump for a keynote address, a signal that his administration is interested and willing to listen to the concerns of this important segment of our local and national economy. Local farm families like the Jepson's of Orlinda and the Elliott's of Adams have been highlighted in regional news stories as they prepared for this important conference. 

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What Can the Chamber Do for Me in 2018?

It's another new year. Resolutions are being made and abandoned faster than the temperature is dropping. Everyone starts the year with the best of  intentions and promises to be intentional about taking steps to achieve new goals. 2017 was a good year for most Robertson County businesses, and 2018 promises to offer new and growing opportunities. 

Here at the Chamber we are more than thankful for the 550+ members who have given us a chance to be a part of their success in the past decade.  We enjoy being a resource and a partner with your business or organization and we love it when our members are actively engaged in our programs and initiatives. But the reality is that there are hundreds of businesses in our county that have not seen the benefit of being a Chamber member...and there are many who have joined but never really taken advantage  of all we have to offer. 

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Merry, Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Holiday open houses, Christmas toy drives, Shop Local  events and closing out the year end books have all contributed to a whirlwind month around the Robertson County Chamber. This week we will sit in on city and county meetings and tie up loose ends on several projects before welcoming our members and partners in for a Christmas open house and brunch on Thursday morning before closing up shop for the holidays.

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Robertson County Generosity

With Christmas just two 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.

One of the biggest efforts in this regard are the many toy drives taking place to collect toys and gifts for Robertson County children and teens who might not otherwise receive much in their stockings this year. The Kiwanis Club of Springfield and the Greenridge Civitans are two big players in this effort, and both are Chamber members. In addition, the Adams Mens' Club, the Coopertown Mens' Club and fire, police and EMS workers in places like Cross Plains, Orlinda and White House are working hard to provide Christmas for children in their communities.   Many other local businesses and churches, like the Copper Vault in Springfield and Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains,  have put up Angel Trees to make sure that needy children have a joyful holiday. And Main Street Tattoo celebrated their two-year anniversary in downtown Springfield with a toy drive last Saturday!

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Routzahn Set to Join Chamber Staff

2017 has been a year of transition for our Chamber organization, beginning with a new mission statement and purpose adopted by our board of directors in March.  With a clear vision of our purpose as we move to the end of this decade, our executive committee and staff dove into a  strategic reassessment of our program of work and staff responsibilities.  The departure of two team members over the summer left us short-staffed, but also challenged us to work leaner and create a more focus effort to use our resources and time where they would have the most impact and effectiveness for our members and for our community.

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Yellow Jacket Pride!

After the turkey and stuffing and the Black Friday shopping, Springfield and Robertson County got an early Christmas gift on Friday evening.The Springfield High School Yellow jackets broke in their new football stadium with a playoff run that included   two post-season home victories resulting in a trip to the state championship!

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Shop Local is More than a Catch Phrase

With the annual Christmas on the Square festival and the Springfield Christmas Parade behind us, the holiday season has officially begun in Robertson County.  After a peaceful Thanksgiving with friends and family filled with blessings, wonderful food and great fellowship, most folks thoughts will turn to Christmas shopping and taking care of those wish lists.  You know what would make our local shops, restaurants and other businesses especially thankful this year?  If you and your family would choose to "shop local" whenever possible as you do your holiday shopping. 

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Christmas Begins in Springfield!

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 18, 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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