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2018 Economic Outlook

They said it. We're reporting it. Ten industry forecasts lead the way into 2018.

Whether at the co-working space above his family’s Apple partner store Database or at networking events like 1 Million Cups, entrepreneur Philip Baird is entrenched in the small-business community.

Stepping into her role as Springfield Contractors Association’s new executive director, Megan Short has a bird’s-eye view of construction in the Queen City.

In his role for 10 years, Jeff Coiner leads a 32-employee department tasked with developing, implementing and maintaining the city’s technology systems.

At UMB Bank, Ann Marie Baker is following the trends that most affect commercial banking and our community.

At Ozarks Technical Community College, Sara Coatney advocates for hands-on learning through apprenticeships.

Mark Hillenburg – having served Springfield’s Digital Monitoring Products for 23 years in purchasing, product design and marketing – keeps a close eye on trends that affect manufacturers.

With his finger on the pulse of tourism and travel in the Queen City, Tracy Kimberlin has held the reins of the Springfield CVB since 1987 and landed a spot in the Missouri Travel and Tourism Hall of Fame in 1994.

Clay Goddard began his tenure as Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s new director with the kick off of a mental health needs assessment.

2018 brings a renovated Glass Hall at Missouri State University’s College of Business, just in time for the start of the spring semester and David Meinert’s new seat as interim dean.

Ryan Murray joined the longstanding family real estate business at one of the lowest points of the market, post-2007. The upside is he’s only since seen it climb.

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