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Chamber Membership... What's in it for me?

Another week, another ribbon cutting. For the past couple of months, our chamber ambassadors have been getting a lot of reminders to come out for the happy celebration of welcoming a new, relocated or expanded business to our community. On Monday, we had an especially exciting event as our chamber board members, elected officials and ambassadors helped the new Waffle House kick off their grand opening in Springfield.

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Launching a Better Way to Communicate

 The chamber's directors decided last summer that a bigger and more comprehensive internet presence was needed to carry out our mission of supporting and growing the business community and quality of life in Robertson County. To that end we began working with Steve Chandler, principal of ChandlerThinks, a digital marketing and branding strategy consultant who is a member of our chamber. Steve has guided our board and staff through a process of developing a new website that will highlight the programs, services and activities of our organization while serving as a "virtual front door" for visitors, newcomers and business representatives who might be considering Robertson County as their home.

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Airport Serves as Our Front Door to Industry

Shortly after I began as director of the Chamber, Bob Chambers stopped by to inform me of my newly acquired position as a member of the Springfield/Robertson County Airport Board. This board is jointly appointed by the county and the city of Springfield and is entrusted with oversight authority over our local airport. Feeling largely unqualified I attended my first meeting and got a first-hand look at the important job this group of interested citizens is doing for our community. Hearing them discuss the airport operation assured me that my utter lack of knowledge in the field of aviation would not be a problem. This group has a wealth of experience and expertise and anyone who meets with them will know our airport is in great hands.

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Setting Goals for 2012

Many "Baby Boomers" like me can vividly remember going through the math to figure out how old we would be in the year 2000. It seemed like so far in the future, but here we all are, incredulous that the calendar now says 2012!
 
And while the years really do seem to go by faster and faster these days, the importance of making each year count and doing meaningful work continues to grow. To be sure that we keep reaching higher and moving our community forward, the chamber board and staff believe it is critical that we set goals each year and re-evaluate our strategic plan on a regular schedule.

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