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Charlie and Amanda Jackson sing a duet in the Hatch New Media Space on December 7, 2018. Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield opens its doors to the public on the first Friday of every month.
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There are signs the tourism business may be on the upswing in Clark County. Tourist-related revenue there is up by more than $100 million since 2010. That growth is also fueling a welcome boost in hiring in Springfield, as new businesses and attractions pop up, enticing visitors to spend.

What’s behind the positive numbers?

It’s First Friday at the Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield.

The new owners of Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall have announced that another business will be closing at the location.

American Eagle Outfitters will be leaving the mall by early February according to New Upper Valley Associates LLC. The company bought the mall in December for $2.6 million in an online auction. 

A spokesman for American Eagle Outfitters declined to comment on the number of employees affected by the store’s closing or if it would relocate to a new location in Clark County.

Pentaflex To Add 40 Jobs In Clark County

May 5, 2015

A Springfield manufacturing company plans to add 40 new jobs over the next three years. The company had planned to ship the new jobs to Mexico but will remain in Clark County after receiving a  tax break.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority recently approved a seven-year, 45 percent commercial tax break for Pentaflex Inc. 

CEO David Arndt explained that his stamping and tooling company, which has been in business since 1972, has grown since the recession in 2009, and he's glad to be staying in Springfield.

Miss Ohio USA Pageant Coming To Springfield

Feb 20, 2015
Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chamber executive, Chris Schutte, Miss Ohio Teen Shelby Stapleton, Miss Ohio Sarah Newkirk and Melissa Pitchford from the Miss Ohio Organization announce that Springfield will host 2016 pageant in November.
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It was announced at the annual Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Expo Thursday evening, that the city will play host to the 2016 Miss Ohio USA Pageant in November at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. The pageant was previously held in Portsmouth, but officials believed that Springfield was a better location.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 people to Springfield and will generate a half million dollars for the local economy according to estimates from the chamber.

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The owners of the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield say they have no plans to sell or close the property right now. Patrons of the mall have been curious about its future after two of its three anchor stores closed recently.

Macy's and JCPenney both announced earlier this month that they will be permanently closing their mall locations in the spring. Sears will be the only remaining anchor store, with the Boonshoft Museum being the other major attraction.

Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
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JC Penney plans to close two area stores this spring, including the one at Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, as part of a large set of closures around the country. Macy's also announced Thursday it will be closing its Springfield location along with 13 others nationally, costing Springfield another 79 jobs.

Springfield Kmart Closes, 68 Jobs Lost

Dec 12, 2014
The Kmart store in Springfield has closed. As a result of the store's closure, 68 jobs will be lost.
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The recent closure of Kmart in Springfield will mean the loss of 68 jobs. The chain, which is owned by parent company Sears Holdings, has shuttered the doors on two other area stores, pushing the job loss total to nearly 200.

Losing a job at any time of the year is tough, but particularly over the holiday season. That's why Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber activated a special program to help displaced Springfield Kmart workers.

Clark County Region Showing Job Growth

Oct 16, 2014
Clark County-based Speedway is expanding and adding jobs.
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  Clark County is likely to see a boost in employment opportunities over the next five years as Speedway and Dole add jobs.

At a recent job growth conference in Springfield, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and members of the Dayton Development Coalition pointed to Speedway and Dole's expansion as key factors in Clark County's growth. Speedway is projected to add 350 jobs and Dole expects to add another 150 jobs in the next five years.

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The Dole Food Company in Springfield received a tax incentive from the State of Ohio for a $9 million expansion in Clark County.  Besides the expansion, the company will be able to add new jobs.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Mike McDorman said that the Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a tax incentive package for Dole that made the expansion possible.

"That enables the company to do this $9.5 million project in Springfield as well as add 140 jobs," McDorman said.

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Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall is now under new management, and city officials are hoping the change will give the shopping center a new lease on life.

Wells Fargo Bank initiated court action against the Upper Valley Mall and the Simon Management Associates in June seeking to have it placed in receivership. The bank claimed Simon defaulted on a $47 million loan.

The mall opened in 1971, and Horton Hobbs with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, believes for the most part, the Simon Group did a good job of running it.