Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Matt Morrow is president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which he said represents the voice of business.  The organization, with between 1500 and 1600 area businesses as members, is the head economic development organization for the region.  It works with other organizations, such as city and county government, utility companies and educational institutions to help manage projects of expansion and relocation of business.  About 3/4 of new jobs that are created in the area are created by businesses that are already here, he said.

Russell Diez-Canseco
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The largest national pasture-raised egg supplier has built a new home in Springfield.

Vital Farms, based in Austin, Texas, has finished building an 82,000 square foot processing plant called “Egg Central Station,” on the northwest side of Springfield.

The completion of the plant was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

In choosing Springfield for the plant, President and Chief Operating Officer Russell Diez-Canseco tells KSMU that officials were excited to work alongside the area’s small family farmers.

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The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Wednesday announced that Springfield manufacturer 3M will embark on a $40 million expansion. The company expects this to create at least 90 full-time positions over the next several years.

3M is a Minnesota based company that employs over 330 people in the Springfield area, and has over 89,000 employees company-wide.

Michele Skalicky

United Airlines will offer new service from Springfield-Branson National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning June 8.

Tom Babick, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, said the new service is the airport’s 13th nonstop destination.  The average number of nonstop destinations for a city similar in size to Springfield, according to Babick, is nine.

"This is another milestone in the history of the airport and the entire community," said Babick.

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In addition to actually hosting high school juniors and seniors on-site, area businesses can get involved in GO CAPS in various ways.  One of them is to host not high school students, but teachers. One local business that has offered teachers several days’ worth of hands-on experience to take back to their classes is Elemoose, a Springfield business that fabricates signage, exhibits, sculptures, stage sets and more for clients across the country including Silver Dollar City, Dunkin’ Donuts, Disney, Bass Pro, Six Flags, and Dollywood.

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The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce GO CAPS program hosts area high school juniors and seniors on-site at various local businesses, including the eFactory and the classroom facility at Cox Health. SRC—Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation—has provided GO CAPS with a sizeable office suite, suitable for instruction space, at their offices on East Division Street.  Here’s where students interested in engineering and manufacturing attend a daily two-and-a-half-hour session, either morning or afternoon, throughout the school year.

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This morning on KSMU's Sense of Community Series, KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with educators and administrators with GO CAPS.  In this segment, she talks with students in the program.

GO CAPS Offers Open Houses for Prospective Students

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As the spring semester winds into gear, the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies, also known as GO CAPS, is offering open houses for prospective students for the 2016-17 school year. GO CAPS is a program run by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce through its workforce development efforts.

The idea behind this program is for students to receive hands-on training for careers in the professional world. The open houses are just the first step. Once a student is enrolled in a class, it’s an entirely different experience than what they’re used to.

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A Springfield company which manufactures advanced electronics security and monitoring products says it’s expanding, a move that will create 65 new jobs.

The $7 million investment by Digital Monitoring Products was announced today as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebration.

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A pilot project aimed at offering high school students better real world experience has begun enrollment for its first two course strands.


In 2014, Springfield’s Mercy Research & Development collaborated with the eFactory and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to create the SPIN66 Innovation Summit.

According to Dr. Cody Stringer, entrepreneurial specialist with Mercy R&D, the multidisciplinary research and development group within Mercy Health System was seeking to cultivate a community of innovators in southwest Missouri.

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When it comes to starting a business, Springfield ranks third in the nation when compared to the 150 largest U.S. cities.

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A new pilot project will join local schools and businesses to offer high school students better experience in the real world.

This week, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors authorized the chamber’s management of the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS).

“Employers really are willing to teach employees what they need to know as long as they have those basis skill sets,” says Dial.

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

It’s safe to say that Dr. John Bentley has found a home in Springfield and a place in the area’s medical history archives.

His first stint in the Show-Me state came while pursuing his undergrad from the University of Missouri in the 1950s. That’s where he met his wife, Roseann. After serving four years in the Navy, the Philadelphia native completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and then internal medicine training at the University of Wisconsin.

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Springfield Chamber administrator has been selected new executive director and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA).

The MCCA released a statement Friday indicating that Rob Dixon will assume his role as executive director of the organization on Jan. 19, 2015. He replaces Zora Mulligan, who served as MCCA executive director for four years and is now chief of staff for the University of Missouri System.