Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Catholic Central Expands Presence in Springfield

The Chamber staff had the opportunity last week to tour Catholic Central’s first major building project since it opened in 1957. The $7 million expansion included a new building addition located in the rear of the existing campus and a chapel in front on East High Street. 

The 41,000-square-foot construction project, which brings grades 3 through 12 under one campus, is an impressive investment for those families who choose a private Catholic education opportunity for their children.

The expanded campus features a beautiful open atrium filled with great views and nice furnishings.  It also offers 13 new classrooms which include a new computer lab, art room, weight room and administrative offices.

A new auxiliary gymnasium can be used for practices and elementary and junior high volleyball and basketball games.  Unfinished space located in the lower level can be built out over time as a science lab or be used for extra classroom space.

The new addition also includes the latest technologies available to enhance the classroom experience, as well as provides added security for the expanded campus.  In addition to new smart boards for the elementary wing, each teacher in the upper classes will be able to share their computer screen with their students via a 70-inch flat screen television.   The building also has controlled access points, closed circuit cameras in the hallway areas, and card readers and a video/release system located near the new entrance. 

The chapel that will be located on the front side of the building is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

It takes people who believe in the vision and mission of a school to make a significant project like this one happen.  The campaign leadership for this extensive project included Jim and Helen Simonton, Patrick Field, Pete and Sandy Hackett, and Jimmy and Mary Lou Sheehan.  The architect/builder team on the project was Sharp McCall and Kapp Construction.  John Paulson served as project manager for the school.

This beautiful addition at Catholic Central serves as another example of how belief in a vision for the future can translate into a $7 million project that will better serve the administration, faculty, and students who participate in this private educational opportunity for decades to come.

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house this Thursday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. For more information visit Catholic Central’s Website at www.ccirish.org.  

Have a Great Chamber Day!


     Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce





Gourmet Food Truck Competition Coming to Springfield


Rotary food truck

The Springfield Rotary Club is sponsoring Springfield’s first Gourmet Food Truck Competition on August 16th from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. in Veteran’s Park in Springfield. Thirty-five trucks will battle it out to see who is the best of the best and carries home the $10,000 top prize. Several thousand hungry food truck lovers are expected to attend Springfield Rotary’s first Gourmet Food Truck Competition.

According to my internet research, there are no limits to the types of food that are now being sold from trucks and carts–a million chicken dishes, Korean BBQ tacos, Indian curries, sushi, waffles, cupcakes, rice balls; regular, gourmet, eco-friendly, or Black Angus, grass-fed, organic burgers; vegan-friendly fare, ice cream treats and desserts of every type. This first-time event will have many of those items and more. Some of the names of the participating trucks include: Jam Pan Jamaican Jerk, Louisville; Swoop! Columbus; Streetpops, Cincinnati; Mac Genie, Indianapolis; La Pampa, Yellow Springs; and of course Springfield’s home-grown favorite Ramen Rickshaw.Each truck that competes will receive a $500 stipend and keep 100 percent of food-sale profits.

There will be five food judges and 12 roaming judges getting attendee reaction and observing the vendors’ interaction with attendees. Admission is free, and there will be a beer garden and music. The atmosphere should be electric with as many as 10,000 people coming from throughout the region to enjoy all this event has to offer.

For 100 years the Springfield Rotary Club has worked to improve the quality of life for people in the Greater Springfield community and continues to support children with disabilities. Proceeds from this event will benefit Polio Plus, Services to People with Disabilities, and the International Project in Lesotho. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate with the Rotary in this one-of-a-kind event and enjoy all these food trucks have to offer on August 16th!

Have a Great Chamber Day!


       Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce



Westcott House Museum is Moving Forward!

We are blessed to have an amazing arts community right here in Springfield. From the Smithsonian-affiliated Springfield Museum of Art, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House, there is much to see and do throughout our great community. This week the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that the Westcott House Foundation will receive one of 66 Our Town grants.

The $75,000 grant will be used to support community engagement activities and to develop an architectural design, educational programming, and a business plan for the new Westcott Center for Architecture + Design in Springfield. The Westcott House competed with 275 applications nationwide and was awarded the grant in recognition of the significant impact the new center and its expanded design education activities would have on the WCAD_WEBcommunity and larger region.

The idea of the center was conceived when the Westcott House Foundation and Springfield Preservation Alliance merged in 2013. The name reflects the growing citywide architecture and design programs that are currently planned and operated from the Westcott House. Some recent initiatives, such as the development of a museum campus masterplan by landscape architect Carol Yetken, and the new addition of the Solar House by Norwich University, support the entrepreneurial effort to attract new audiences and create a dynamic educational center that compliments the iconic home.

The overarching goal for the center is to help stimulate cultural tourism and offer an additional space for programming that serves both visitors and residents. In addition, this expansion would allow the museum to interpret the Westcott house garage and Westcott car as originally intended.

We want to thank Marta, Tom and the many others involved in making this architectural marvel the best attraction it can be.  This grant process took an incredible amount of work by a very limited staff and they are to be commended and recognized for their success!  We need to make sure that we as a community support their efforts!

Have a Great Chamber Day!


      Mike McDorman, President & CEO
    Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce



New Video Scoreboard Goes Live at Carleton Davidson Field

The new video scoreboard at Carleton Davidson Field is finally up and running in time for the remainder of the Champion City Kings season. The Kings have breathed life back into the National Trail and Parks renovated stadium (which is most recently known for holding the Stroh’s Tournament), and have brought a quality family friendly baseball experience to the Greater Springfield area. Many thanks to the community partners who helped bring the Champion City Kings to Springfield and the others who helped sponsor the new video scoreboard which will bring a professional league experience to fans.

1295The video scoreboard was one of the first items discussed as the Kings prepared to open its inaugural season. The size of the scoreboard, however, was the vision of Kings General Manager Rick White. He envisioned a board that would be big enough to show live feeds and other video content, as well as one that would feature pitch by pitch speeds for the fans. This scoreboard by Nevco does all of that and more.

The new scoreboard cost approximately $200,000 to completely install. The Kings secured four sponsors to give $50,000 each over five years to pay for it. The major sponsors included Speedway, Ohio Valley Surgical Center, Fisher Beverage, and the Chamber’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kroger provided a lesser sponsorship to help maintain and operate the new generation board. The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce secured a loan to cover the five year commitments and plans to gift the board to Leann Castillo and the National Trail and Parks once the loan is paid off.

This incredible enhancement to Carleton Davidson Field simply would not be happening without the strong support and collaboration of many different people. We want to thank local contractor Plato Pavlatos and C&N Contractors for taking on the challenge of excavating the hole (the size of an Olympic size swimming pool) and filling it with concrete so that the steel beams could be set for the board installation. We know that this was a difficult task and appreciate the sacrifice their company made to help make this scoreboard possible. We thank Nevco, the scoreboard company, for their sacrifice in keeping the project on course. We thank AG Samuelson for setting the scoreboard in place and Steve Hawkins from NTPRD for his extra efforts on this extended job. We also thank the sponsors and the fans for their patience during this challenging project in building a quality product that will last long into the future for those who will use it.

The good news is that no one will remember what it took to construct this great new feature of Carleton Davidson Field. But hopefully many in the Springfield region will get to enjoy the new video scoreboard and The Champion City Kings for many years to come!

Have a Great Chamber Day!


      Mike McDorman, President & CEO
   Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce



Rock and Roll All Nite at The Clark County Fair

It is that time of year again! The Clark County Fair runs the week of July 18th through July 25th. If you ask Clark County Commissioner John Detrick, he will tell you it is most well known for being the 2nd largest Junior Fair in America.

This year’s fair will once again be packed with powerful entertainment and plenty of fun for the whole family. It will feature big tent acts like Mr. Speed, the world’s best KISS tribute band. This band has been together for 20 Ccflogo1years playing popular KISS music to crowds throughout the United States. They will Rock and Roll All Nite under the big tent on Saturday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. The fair will close with the Jimmy buffet tribute band Buffettman serving up Cheeseburgers in Paradise on Friday, July 25th at 7:30 pm. Tom Watt and the Fruitcakes have been thrilling Parrotheads coast to coast since 1998, and that night will be no different.

The Midway will feature fantastic fair food, as well as daily performances by The famous Nerveless Nocks – Sway Pole Acrobats. In addition to the stomach turning amusement park rides and carnival games, you will also want to make sure you do not miss Gabriel the Hypnotist, a chainsaw artist, and a strolling musician as you walk along the Midway.

Each year I enjoy walking through the various buildings and barns to see the adult and youth projects, as well as the many businesses exhibiting there. The Junior Fair livestock auctions are a valuable experience for nearly 2000 4-H and FFA members in Clark County. You can participate in one of the auctions and actively support the hard work and dedication of the many youth exhibitors. Your purchases will help these young people achieve their personal and educational goals.

The Grandstands events will include Truck Tug-O-War, Truck Pull, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, a Cheerleading Show, and a Kiddie Pig Chase & Scramble. You can go to clarkcountyfair.org for more information on the events happening at the 2014 Clark County Fair.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s all get into our cars and make our way out to the fairgrounds for a pork chop, corn on the cob, elephant ear (or Young’s Ice Cream) and all of the fun activities happening at this year’s Clark County Fair!

Have a Great Chamber Day!




 mcdorman2008      Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce





The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate the birth of our great nation 238 years ago, and to spend quality time with family and friends.  

This weekend was perfect for doing just that. Throughout Clark County there were parades, fireworks demonstrations, family picnics, Summer Arts Festival events, and for the first time the Champion City Kings baseball games for all of us to enjoy!

The Clark County Fireworks kicked off the weekend with more than 15,000 people in attendance at or near the Fairgrounds.  Every year the county-wide event is led by Clark County Commissioner John Detrick and Springfield City Commissioner Kevin O’Neill, who collectively raise more than $28,000 from area businesses and organizations to help sponsor the event.  There is also much coordination required between local law enforcement and fire departments to maintain a safe environment for everyone involved.  This year’s event went off without a hitch with perfect weather and was fun for all.

On Friday evening the Champion City Kings played the Richmond River Rats at Carleton Davidson Field.  The game included an incredible post-game fireworks display and a fabulous 80s rock concert by local band 9 Volt.  It was a perfect summer evening to watch local pitcher Luke Mamer throw against top level college talent and enjoy some delicious ballpark food and great entertainment with more than 1,500 fans in attendance.

The Summer Arts Festival held each year in Veteran’s Park Amphitheater provided several opportunities throughout the holiday weekend for the community to enjoy from Ohio Performing Arts Institute’s Willy Wonka to an Aerosmith tribute band called Aeromyth.  There is no community in Ohio that offers a month-long outdoor arts series like the one held by the Springfield Arts Council.

During the Fourth of July weekend people also enjoyed themselves at Buck Creek State Park, Snyder Park, Old Reid Park, the bike trails throughout the county and our nine regulation public and private golf courses.  Many times we simply take these local recreational spaces for granted.

This past weekend I was again reminded of how lucky we are to have these great local attractions in and around our community.

Have a great Chamber day!


mcdorman2008        Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce



The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is among three finalists for the most prestigious national award presented to a chamber – Chamber of the Year.  

This is the second time in three years the Greater Springfield Chamber has been recognized as one of the top chambers in the country, having been named a finalist for the award in 2012.

Chamber of the Year is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in both leading businesses and communities.  It recognizes top chambers that have not only demonstrated success in community leadership and organizational strength, but also have made an apparent impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, healthcare and cultural vitality.

“It is great for our team to be nationally recognized for the excellent and innovative work they are doing for our region,” said Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael McDorman. “We are on a curve toward excellence and this honor recognizes that.”

The Chamber of the Year Award will be presented at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives annual convention in August.  Other finalists are the Greater Cheyenne (WY) Chamber of 1262Commerce and the McLean County (IL) Chamber of Commerce.

Winners are judged and selected by chamber professionals from across the country and are selected from four categories, based on revenue size. Applicants were asked to submit an extensive application that detailed its operations, products and services. Applicants were also asked to include examples of electronic and printed communications, promotional brochures, the strategic plan, as well as documentation related to two chamber-led initiatives to better the community.

The chamber will also be presented two communications awards during the ACCE annual meeting:

  • Champion City Guide and Supply retail store and visitor center – Award of Excellence
  • “Front Desk Reference and Training Guide” – Award of Excellence, Special Recognition

The ACCE annual convention will be held August 12-15 in Cincinnati.


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