mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


Our region is fortunate to have some great medical facilities located right in our own backyard. Community Mercy Health Partner’s Springfield Regional Medical Center and Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital are both working very hard to be the best the region has to offer in quality healthcare. That hard work is paying off as each of these facilities continues to strive for excellence.

Springfield Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is one of the newest hospitals in the region having opened in November 2011.

The hospital is noted for cardiac care, surgical services, acute rehabilitation care and other services. The state-of-the-art facility is designed with the privacy and dignity of patients in mind with 254 private in-patient rooms and 41 private exam rooms in the emergency department.

Next door to SRMC is the Springfield Regional Cancer Center that offers cutting-edge cancer treatment, along with wellness classes, education and support services. Mercy Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access facility in Urbana with a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services.

As a member of Mercy Health- the largest not-for-profit health system in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation – CMHP is the largest employer in the area with more than 2,600 employees.

Hospital CEO, Paul Hiltz, has developed an impressive team that is working closely with every aspect of the healthcare continuum in order to deliver exceptional care as CMHP seeks to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the region. Their efforts and those of a dedicated staff are helping to improve the patient experience.

Ohio Valley is a local physician owned surgical hospital that opened in downtown Springfield in 2009.  The doctors and staff of Ohio Valley built a vision around quality, and are dedicated to clinical excellence, patient safety and making every visit a welcoming experience. Ohio Valley recently earned a 5-Star Rating, the highest possible patient satisfaction score as part of the new CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) rating system. Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital was one of 15 hospitals out of 170 in Ohio to receive the highest rating.

The downtown specialty hospital had been a brownfield site before it was redeveloped. In 2012, Ohio Valley opened a $5 million medical office building to the west, which houses related services, imaging, physical therapy and pre-admission testing.

Ohio Valley CEO, Steve Eisentrager, has done an incredible job helping to birth the surgical hospital and continues to grow a successful organization which now includes more than 250 employees.

Both hospitals share some of the same physicians and are working together to make Springfield the best choice for you and your loved ones health related needs. Yes, our community is blessed to have many growing, excellent healthcare offerings right in our own backyard. We simply need to take advantage of these great facilities when we need them.

mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


Fair Week is here again! The Clark County Fair with the theme “This One Time at Fair”, runs from July 24th through July 31st. If you ask Clark County Commissioner John Detrick, he will tell you it is most well known for being the largest Junior Fair in all of Ohio.

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 beginning on Friday with the Motown Sounds of Touch, Elton John tribute Captain Fantastic on Saturday, and ZoSo, a tribute to Led Zeppelin on Sunday. Monday is Christian music artist Tommy Renfro. Wednesday, is local country artist Scott Hisey. Thursday, K99.1 presents the Country Showdown and on Friday, the Satchmo Show with Springfield’s own Dean Simms playing Louis Armstrong’s greatest hits. You will not want to miss your favorite entertainers under the big tent this year!

The Midway will feature fantastic fair food, as well as the stomach turning amusement park rides and carnival games that come along with it. You will also want to make sure you do not miss daily performances by the live Grizzly Bear Experience, Michael Griffin – America’s Escape Hero, the Mechanical Bull, and of course the Bear Hollow Chain Saw wood carvers will be back to carve amazing art from logs.

One of the best things to do at the fair is to take a stroll 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 Grandstand events will include Truck Tug-O-War, Truck Pull, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, USAC Midget Races, and a Kiddie Pig Chase & Scramble. You can go to www.clarkcoag.com for more information on the events happening at the 2015 Clark County Fair.

So what are you waiting for? Get into your cars and make your way out to the Clark County 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!

Chris HeadshotBy guest columnist, 
Chris Schutte
Director of Marketing and Events
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


Are you one of the nearly 2000 people who have voted in the Chamber’s “Best of Springfield” contest? If not, we’d like you to take a minute and cast your votes in 18 different categories ranging from dining and entertainment, to recreation and local events, at www.BestOfSpfld.com. 

The winners will be revealed at a special event scheduled for October 22nd at Clark State’s Hollenbeck Bayley Center. On that date the new 56-page, annual “Best of Springfield” magazine including winner profiles, and lifestyle content, will be released.

Why should the “Best of Springfield” contest and magazine be of interest to you? Here’s why: Community Perception. For decades Springfield has been identified as a “rust belt” city, and a community on the decline. We’ve all heard this. That actually couldn’t be further from the truth.

Think for a minute about everything we have right in our backyard: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House, the Smithsonian-Affiliate Springfield Museum of Art, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Buck Creek State Park, the ECO Sports Corridor and bike trails, the Summer Arts Festival, the Clark State Performing Arts Center, the Hartman Rock Garden and the Heritage Center. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Now couple that with more than $400 million invested in our downtown core in recent years including the new Springfield Regional Medical Center, Ohio Valley Surgical Center, the NTPRD Chiller Ice Arena and renovations to the historic Bushnell Building. That’s indicative of a community on the rise, not one in decline.

So there’s an obvious disconnect between the perception of Springfield, and the reality. “The Best of Springfield” offers a powerful medium to change this perception. When I see these “Best Of” publications in other cities – Columbus, Cleveland, and Louisville – it infers that there’s something interesting going on there. Something demanding my attention. The same is true for this publication.

For everyone who has told you that, “There’s nothing to do in Springfield,” this magazine will be your response. “The Best of Springfield” is part of a larger perception campaign being undertaken by the Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau which includes graphic bus wraps, new mobile presence and video content. It’s a piece in the puzzle of branding our community as a place where people want to live, build their businesses, and thrive.

We need you – Springfield residents – to be part of this movement. Help us promote local events via social media, share images of our community and invite your friends to experience everything we have to offer. And, when you have a minute, tell us about your favorite Springfield businesses and experiences by voting in the “Best of Springfield” contest. If we all work together today to change our community’s perception, we will all reap the awards in the future!

mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate the birth of our great nation 239 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 the Champion City Kings baseball games for all of us to enjoy!

The Old Fashioned Country Fireworks highlighted the weekend with more than 15,000 people in attendance at, or near the Clark County 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 Sunday evening the Champion City Kings played the Richmond River Rats at Carleton Davidson Stadium. The game included an incredible post-game fireworks display. It was a perfect summer evening to watch 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 performances including the Motown cover band, Shout!, and “Romeo & Juliet” produced by Stageworks. There is no community in Ohio that offers a six week-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!

mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


When I first came to the Chamber, one of the first things we implemented as a team was the reading of books on leadership. The first book that we studied together was Jim Collins’ Good to Great…Why Some Companies Take the Leap and Some Don’t. This one book helped set the stage for the journey our staff would take over the past ten years.

Leadership is not an easy thing to grasp, but we all know it when we see it. It is something we must grow into through much study and through our experiences in life. I believe God created each one of us to lead! Yes, I said each and every one of us. That is why I also believe Leadership is everything.

In the book Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “When what you are deeply passionate about and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”

In other words, we simply need to find our passion, whether it is in our personal lives or in the organizations we work for every day. Once we find that passion we can then begin to build a vision for where we want to go, and set a course for how we are going to get there.

Former NFL Football Coach, Tony Dungy put it this way, “The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through human action. VISION has no boundaries and knows no limits. Our VISION is what we become in life.”

As a community we are setting a bold vision for our future. We are blessed to have a strong leadership team that includes members from the City, County, business community, and other key stakeholder groups that are involved in this effort. We areworking together to develop a common vision and community master plan that will help transform our community to one in which companies will choose to invest, and where people will choose to live. Then we will be able to grow a more balanced demographic that will help supply the workforce for area businesses – both those who live here, and those we will attract to our community.

It will take all of us in this great community to help lead the change that is necessary for us to take the next steps towards the goal of building the right mouse trap, taking mitigated risks and realizing a sustainable path to a more vibrant future. By doing this important work together our vision and master plan will succeed, and so will our community!

Have a great Chamber Day!

mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


In the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played, Francis Ouimet becomes the first amateur to win the U.S. Open. The movie, based in Boston, MA in 1913, is a true story that grips the viewer and speaks to the perseverance needed to accomplish something great. Springfield once again held its own version of the movie as 67 players competed at Springfield Country Club for four spots in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Every year more than 10,000 golfers vie for the opportunity to play in professional golf’s second major, which includes both amateurs and professionals in the 156 player field. Springfield is one of only 10 sectional qualifier sites located throughout the entire United States.

Hardy, Finau, Jaeger, Davan

              Hardy, Finau, Jaeger, Davan

This year Michael Davan, from Illinois, shot an 8-under par to grab Springfield’s top spot, while Utah’s Tony Finau, Illinois’ Nick Hardy (amateur), and Tennessee’s Stephan Jaeger all succeeded in making it to the nation’s open championship out of the 67-man field. This is the first time for each of them to qualify for the U.S. Open.

The only “veteran” to punch a ticket from the Springfield sectional was Tony Finau (66-67), who finished 7-under and one stroke off medalist honors. The 25-year-old Utah native famously turned pro at age 17 and made waves early on in his rookie 2014-15 season on the PGA Tour with four top-15 finishes. He also played well at The Memorial Tournament a few weeks ago.

The bigger story, though, may have been one of the younger players. In 2014, 17-year-old Will Grimmer qualified for the Open from the Springfield sectional, and this year 19-year-old Nick Hardy followed suit. His 6-under total left him in a two-way tie for third.

Hardy was a freshman this year at Illinois, contributing to a team that was top-ranked in the nation at times this spring. His game continued to improve this year and culminated with co-medalist honors at the Big Ten Championship and solid showings in the postseason.

Michael Davan (65-67) was medalist at the qualifier and is another first-time PGA Tour participant. Stephan Jaeger (66-68), a three-time Southern Conference Player of the Year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has made less than $100,000 on PGA Tour sanctioned circuits since turning professional in 2012, but was able to post a 6-under total to tie Hardy for third.

Grimmer (72-73), as well as Tour regulars Troy Merritt (70-67) and Brian Stuard (68-70) were notables who were unable to advance out of Springfield this year.

Designed in 1922 by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross, the Springfield Country Club 18-hole championship course offers a unique, challenging, and rewarding golf experience. As one of the more challenging courses in Southern Ohio, the course has served as host to the 1988 Ohio Amateur, 2006 Senior Amateur, and 2007 Ohio Amateur, 2008, 2010, 2011-15 U.S. Open Qualifying site, and the 2008 U.S. Senior Challenge.

There are many great things happening in our community, and the hosting of the U.S. Open Qualifier is definitely one of them!

Have a Great Chamber Day!

mcdorman2008Mike McDorman, President & CEO
     Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce


 If you have not taken the family to Carleton Davidson Field to see a Kings game yet, now is a good time to go!  Entering their second season, The Champion City 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 back to the Greater Springfield area.

The Champion City Kings are one of the newest members of the Prospect League, which is a collegiate summer baseball league consisting of 12 teams from 6 different states stretching throughout the Midwest and into the Northeast.  The 28-member Kings roster includes top collegiate talent from around the country, and will play approximately 30 games at home between June and August of 2015.  Former Major League Baseball pitcher, and Springfield native Rick White is in his second season as general manager of the team.   DSC_0182

Last year, 36 players from the Prospect League were drafted in the Major League Baseball draft. The Kings have already lost one player this season due to the MLB draft.  Pitcher J.T. Brubaker, a Tecumseh Grad, was drafted last week in the 6th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Congratulations to J.T. and his family!

In its second season, The Kings have added many new features to the ballpark and to the fan experience.  Each game includes a state of the art video scoreboard with themes like Star Wars, Beach Party, and Softpaw’s Princess Party.  The Team has also added a Pavilion area in right field to help accommodate large group parties and corporate outings.

One of my favorite Vince Lombardi quotes sums up how the Kings arrived in Springfield.  It reads, “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”  We first met with Ron Heineman, team owner, in August of 2013 on a tip from former Wittenberg athletic director Carl Schraibman to discuss the possibility of bringing the Kings to Springfield.  The owner needed to find a home for the new team suitable to the Prospect League by October 1 in order to play baseball in 2014.  After several meetings with key stakeholders, an agreement was drafted and signed making Springfield the new home of the Prospect League’s Champion City Kings.

Thanks to many people coming together with a “CAN DO” attitude, we have another investment in our community to be excited about.  I want to again personally thank Carl Schraibman for bringing this opportunity to Springfield; Leann Castillo and the National Trail Parks Board for seeing the opportunity and acting quickly to make it happen; Jay Lewis, Wittenberg Baseball Coach, for his vision and passion for Carleton Davidson Field and for his commitment to this opportunity; and to Rick White, Springfield’s own former Major League Baseball pitcher, who has chosen to invest in his hometown.

Now, it is up to us.  We simply need to support the Champion City Kings by taking the family out to the ballpark for an enjoyable experience at an affordable price.

Have a great chamber day!


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