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Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce named award finalist

SPRINGFIELD - The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has been named one of three finalists for the 2012 Chamber of the Year Award. The honor is the only one in the country to recognize chambers for their efforts to create business and lead communities.

Mike McDorman of the Springfield Chamber, says winners of the award are selected from four categories based on revenue size. Applicants were asked to submit examples of marketing and other initiatives that showed efforts to better the community they serve.

Springfield submitted two examples the chamber was pleased with. The HITS program known as Hire, Invest, Train, Space. It was developed to help identify businesses coming to Springfield needing to hire employees, invest money, train new or existing workers and likely looking for space to grow.

Also submitted was the Chamber's Greater Springfield Moving Forward plan, which is a strategic initiative mixing community involvement with a growth plan to improve the city's employment outlook , infrastructure, green space and overall economic outlook.

"Springfield application for the Chamber of the Year award received 184 out of 200 possible points from the judges," McDorman said.

Other finalists in the competition are the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber and the Lubbock Texas Chamber of Commerce.

The winner will be announced in August at the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Convention.