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Chamber delegation seeks best practices in Kentucky

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The Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual Leadership Visit today returned to Lexington, Kentucky.

More than 80 Springfield business, education, nonprofit and public-sector leaders signed on for the Sept. 19-21 trip, according to a news release. Lexington also was the site of the Leadership Visit in 2003.

The Leadership Visit program is designed to share best practices. Past Community Leadership Visits have led to the creation of Springfield’s Community Focus report, Springfield-Branson National Airport expansions and efforts to shore up workforce skills in the area.

“During this visit, we plan to focus on significant projects that will impact Lexington’s downtown, as well as educational and workforce efforts ranging from their investments in K-12 to the major role higher education plays in the community,” chamber President Matt Morrow said in the release. “Lexington has a growing workforce because it is a vibrant and desirable place to live with strong educational assets.

“We’ll be talking to peers about the community’s emphasis on the importance of identity and how they have managed to capitalize on their existing assets to build the city’s character and brand.”

Additionally, the trip is expected to give local leaders insight into attracting and retaining experienced and young professionals, as well as challenges such as land use and lack of affordable housing.

Past cities visited include Boise, Idaho; Greenville, South Carolina; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. During last year’s trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, takeaways included the incorporation of the outdoors and entrepreneurial population into city culture, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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