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Architecture and engineering projects that reshaped the landscape in 2019

By Catherine O'Connor   New YMCA connects to community With construction in full swing at the corner of Fourth and Carpenter streets, Springfield’s newest YMCA facility is set to rejuvenate lives in Springfield’s medical district, creating a link between the Enos Park neighborhood to downtown and beyond.  According to executive director Angie Sowle, since breaking [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Best Places to Work alumni spotlight: The Real Estate Group

The Real Estate Group, a privately-held company founded in 1997, was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Springfield Business Journal and United Community Bank in 2014. What’s changed in the last five years? First, The Real Estate Group has increased its number of licensed brokers from 125 to 152, including mergers [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Secondary Feature|0 Comments

New leadership for AIA Illinois

The new executive vice president for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois is only the third leader the organization has had in the past 41 years, but after only four months on the job at the organization’s Springfield headquarters she already sees “nothing but great opportunity for our Illinois architects.” Stacey Pfingsten is a [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

A place at the table – Building Board Diversity helps nonprofit boards reflect the community

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Where there’s a will there’s a way, and a year-old group is hoping to motivate nonprofit organizations in the Springfield area to diversify their boards. The founders of the Building Board Diversity (BBD) initiative have been meeting with and offering training for nonprofit executive directors and current board members to show them [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

Program fosters entrepreneurship

Innovate Springfield helps take ideas from concept to completion   Gordon Davis, co-founder of Whimsy Tea. Photo by Tim Klasinski, Foto-Graphics   BY CATHERINE O’CONNOR For nine local start-up entrepreneurs, graduation night on Oct. 30 marked the completion of the Co.Starters program, a series of weekly three-hour intensive seminars presented through Innovate Springfield, [...]

Construction trades target high school and college students

BY ERICK ZEPEDA As the construction trades are faced with both a growing number of retirements and projected growth, there is a strong demand for apprentices to fill vacant positions. With the cost of college attendance continuing to rise, an apprenticeship offers an earn-while-you-learn approach that allows you to get paid from day one. Certified [...]

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: Article|0 Comments

MJ Kellner Foodservice keeps it local

ARTICLES AND PHOTOS BY DAVID BLANCHETTE For 99 years, MJ Kellner Foodservice has been a respected family-owned Springfield business. As the company enters its 100th year in operation, it is positioned to continue its growth and success, according to owner Bill Kellner, who is also the CEO and president. Vice president and COO Dave [...]

Goodbye sugar, hellowater

BY KAREN ACKERMAN WITTER Inspiring better health was the motivation for Rusty Jones and business partner Tom Bushkie to create a high-quality beverage as an alternative to sugary drinks. They founded hellowater in 2017 in response to their research, which revealed that nearly 40% of Americans are obese, affecting over 18 million children, and 97% [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments

Sangamon CEO expands format and offerings

  BY CINDA ACKERMAN KLICKNA It is 7:20 a.m. and 45 high school seniors file into a training room at Sikich. Some of the students razz each other about an upcoming soccer game; others grab a bottle of water or Pop Tart, laughing and engaging with each other. Their strong connection to each other [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments