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Council hears plan to combine two city departments 

New Department of Economic Vitality & Workforce Development would maximize efficiencies, official says. 

Statement says city ‘perplexed’ by move, which followed offer to provide fiscal services for a year at no cost. 

Over 300 students have completed workforce development program.

Council is slated to hear the proposal at its June 10 meeting.

Seven-county board desires better collaboration and communication, incoming president says. 

Chamber hits pledge goal for growth initiative, prepares for fall housing study release.

With the 2023-24 school year at education institutions wrapping in May, local manufacturers are among industries looking to fill job openings with the newest high school and college graduates.

Imagine Technical Institute’s June 7 event is set to be held at SRC Electrical.

All of the state's MSAs post decreases in April, according to federal data.

Mike Girsch is scheduled to speak at SBJ Connect in September.

Purpose Connect CEO Racheal Dami Odunewu: "Hiring international talent is not just about meeting diversity quotas or ticking boxes; it is about recognizing the inherent value that individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds bring to an organization."

Newsmakers in the areas of accounting, banking & finance, government, hospitality, human resources, manufacturing and nonprofit.

Legislators secure $727M for I-44 upgrades while child care aid falters.

Local wages rise by 4.7% during the last three months of 2023.

Springfield City Council is considering $26 million in bonds to pay for acquisition of new workforce center and three other high-profile city projects. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the final ruling of its Pregnant Workers Fairness Act on April 15, with the rule going into effect June 18. Companies with at least 15 employees must provide reasonable accommodations for known limitations regarding pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.

Employers, researchers have mixed opinions on proposed $15 rate.

With its third time appearing on the Dynamic Dozen list – Springfield Business Journal’s countdown of the fastest-growing companies in our community – Keep Supply took home the top honor.

The awards ceremony also includes a new Dynamo honor recognizing O'Reilly Automotive.

Small-business owners juggle a lot of responsibilities, and a study by national payroll and human resources firm ADP found over half of them choose to handle HR matters in-house – with 80% of professionals tasked with the work having no experience or training.

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