Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce http://wuis.org en Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County http://wuis.org/post/survey-finds-positive-economic-outlook-sangamon-county <p></p><p>Sangamon County employers have a positive outlook about the economy.&nbsp; The University of Illinois Springfield <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">Survey Research Office</a> polls businesspeople twice a year for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</p><p>This spring's results mark the first time since 2012 that expectations were as high.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, just over half of&nbsp; those responding expected employment to stay the same in the county in the next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:25:42 +0000 Sean Crawford 25643 at http://wuis.org Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus http://wuis.org/post/new-chamber-president-says-he-will-keep-local-focus <p>Chris Hembrough said he wasn't looking for a new job.&nbsp; He's been the Executive Director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past 7 years.</p><p>"I wasn't looking around, but sometimes opportunities come your way, especially when trusted folks give you a lead of advice. So I threw my hat in the ring," Hembrough said.</p><p>Hembrough was selected as the new President and CEO of the <a href="http://www.gscc.org/">Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce</a>, starting July 1.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24598 at http://wuis.org New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced http://wuis.org/post/new-springfield-chamber-ceo-announced <p>The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has announced the next President and CEO of the organization.&nbsp; Chris Hembrough will assume the duties in July.&nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007.&nbsp; Before then, he managed Fink's Superior Cleaners for 5 years. &nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough is 1981 Griffin High graduate.&nbsp; He also starred on the football field, going to the University of Miami and playing on that school's 1983 national championship team.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:54:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 24083 at http://wuis.org New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced Business Report: Chamber Search, Grocery Aisles Go "Local" and Gold's Gym http://wuis.org/post/business-report-chamber-search-grocery-aisles-go-local-and-golds-gym <p>The State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis discusses the bankruptcy of Gold's Gym, which plans to remain open.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's search for a new Director and Shop N Save's plans to "localize" its stores.&nbsp;</p><p>Read the latest stories from Tim in the <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/">SJ-R.</a></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:18:21 +0000 Sean Crawford 22100 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Chamber Search, Grocery Aisles Go "Local" and Gold's Gym Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio http://wuis.org/post/springfield-mayors-state-city-address-full-audio <p>Springfield Mayor Michael Houston celebrates his administration's accomplishments since he took office in 2011.&nbsp; He addressed the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in the Prairie Capital Convention Center.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:10:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21686 at http://wuis.org Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio Sangamon County Employers Have Mixed Outlook http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-employers-have-mixed-outlook <p>The survey of employers find many have positive expectations for their own firms, but have a negative overall outlook for the coming year.&nbsp; <strong>Ashley Kirzinger</strong>, Director of the UIS Survey Research Office, spoke with us about the findings:</p><p>The <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">survey</a> is sponsored by the University of Illinois Springfield's Chancellor's Office, the Center for State Policy and Research at UIS and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:29:07 +0000 Sean Crawford 1905 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Employers Have Mixed Outlook