One of the perks of being a young professional in Springfield is that our voice and opinions are valued, needed and heard. That was on display again at the Chamber’s February Good Morning, Springfield event at the Springfield/Branson National Airport, where more than 325 people got a chance to hear all about The Network and our area talent retention efforts.
The Network was fortunate to have four amazing individuals speak on a panel moderated by Chamber President Matt Morrow. The panel included Network Committee Chair Kristin Carter of Central Trust Company, immediate past Chair Britton Jobe of Neale & Newman, Leadership Council member Caitlin Kissee of Propel People Development and Network Vice Chair Paden Wilcox of Computer Recycling Center.
These four leaders’ enthusiasm and passion was on full display as they answered questions about the benefits of membership in The Network, the future of Springfield and our vision for the community, volunteer opportunities for YPs, and the advantages of living, working and playing in Springfield as a young professional.
In a lightning round, the panelists described what they thought could be game-changing projects in the region to help retain young professionals. All four offered quick and confident answers, ranging from daylighting the Jordan Creek to better utilization of our outdoor assets, building a new convention center, and expanding the graduate and professional studies at Missouri State University.
Not only was this event an amazing opportunity to showcase The Network and all it has to offer, but it also gave a voice to key young professional leaders in our community and allowed them to share why Springfield is the place to be for them.