Projects and Accomplishments

  • Accelerated the launch of the first business incubator in downtown Springfield by providing seed funding capital in 2015 and 2016. Innovate Springfield now supports 11 new start-ups.
  • Attracted a developer who invested $8 million in a new downtown student housing facility, resulting in increased downtown population, development of vacant property, increase to the City tax rolls, and more traffic to downtown businesses.
  • Since 2014, Q5 has worked with and provided specific community data and information to 63 companies considering an investment in the Springfield market. We have also hosted 13 community and site visits over the same time period.
  • Provided funding to Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) for a business mentoring and internship program for African American males, with 26 students and 28 businesses participating.
  • Expanded workforce efforts, resulting in investment of software that provides critical data to expanding and prospective businesses, ACT Certified Work Ready Community status, and meeting with local employers to ascertain workforce challenges.
  • Worked with The Springfield Project (TSP) to form a Downtown Community Development Corporation (CDC) to facilitate mixed-use development to meet the downtown housing demand. The former First United Methodist Church at Fifth and Capitol has been identified for redevelopment in 2017.
  • Worked with a large coalition led by Sangamon County and the City of Springfield to gain a Record of Decision by the Federal Railroad Association on the 10th Street corridor.
  • Successfully advocated for a $26 million federal TIGER Grant to fund the Carpenter Street underpass, and a $14 million federal TIGER Grant to fund the Ash and Laurel Street underpasses.
  • Met with over 250 businesses since 2014 through our Business Retention and Expansion program identifying and assisting with numerous retention and expansion efforts of local companies. Also identified business climate issues to address with local policy makers.
  • Recognized members via social media marketing, ribbon cuttings, web listings, and print mediums.
  • Advocated on behalf of and informed members about important business related topics, including the proposed overtime rules and key legislative issues.
  • Q5 worked with TSP to attract $2.65 million in federal funds for East Springfield Redevelopment, allowing the acquisition of 108 properties in the Neighborhood of Hope for the development of single family homes. Also worked with TSP to employee over 400 youth with 56 local businesses through the Summer Youth Employment Program.
  • Q5 staff continues to work with StandardAero, one of Sangamon County’s major employers, and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) regarding the expansion of LLCC’s aviation program to help meet StandardAero’s growing employment and workforce demands. As a result of the ongoing work, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. (LRS) invested $850,000 to help expand the LLCC aviation training facility.
  • Provided members with direct access to local, state, and federal officials at an annual reception.
  • Q5 helped Henry Technologies, a leader in design and manufacturing of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning components located in Chatham, Illinois, secure incentives through local officials to complete a renovation project in their production facility, which also assisted with employee retention and expansion efforts. Q5 continues to work with the company regarding workforce demands.
  • Enhanced The Chamber’s presence in Sangamon County by developing a formal membership alliance with the Rochester Business Association.
  • The Q5 Development Policy Council worked with the City of Springfield to advocate for an increase in yearly infrastructure investment, as well as the three (3) year, $86 million road, sidewalks and storm sewer investment and the 10 year, $55 million sewer repair system. Also, streamlined the land subdivision process and the electric and water installation fees for new subdivisions.
  • Assisted with retaining 450 jobs, by advocating for keeping the United States Postal Service facility in Springfield and local businesses that rely on the facility, and contributing funds toward legal action which helped stop the movement of traffic safety division jobs out of Springfield.
  • Worked with Springfield, Sangamon County, labor and the Springfield Airport Authority on a $3 million federal appropriation for the construction of a new airport entrance road that helps ensure the viability of the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield. Currently coordinating advocacy for a new cyber mission at the 183rd.
  • Negotiated significant advertising discounts through local media on behalf of Chamber members.
  • Stopped the movement of 150 traffic safety division jobs out of Springfield; contributed funds toward legal action against then Governor Rod Blagojevich.
  • Provided entrepreneurial investments of over $70,000 in start-up businesses that included Jardogs, which was later sold to Allscripts. Also, supported Sangamon CEO as a charter investor and in-kind investor.

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