A History of Innovation: Serving Springfield since 1897
Greater Springfield Partnership History
One could trace the origins of the present day Greater Springfield Partnership to 1865 when the Springfield Board of Trade was formed on Feb. 20, 1865. Most, however, see the 1897 formation of the Commercial Club as the forerunner to today's Greater Springfield Partnership. Records show that the name was changed to Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1, 1919. The Chamber’s first permanent offices were in what was originally known as the Lagonda Building on the corner of Spring and High Streets, but later was called the Chamber of Commerce Building. Offices were moved to the former Shawnee Hotel in 1963, to the Riverbend building in 1981 and to the present location in the Commerce Pointe building, 20 S. Limestone St., in December of 2007.
After operating for more than 100 years as The Chamber, we now move forward as the Greater Springfield Partnership effective March 25, 2021!
The Chamber of Greater Springfield - now known as the Greater Springfield Partnership - is a three-time finalist for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives' National Chamber of the Year award. In 2018 the Chamber was awarded "Best Advocacy Project" by the Chamber Action Alliance.
The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is the recipient of more than 85 national and statewide awards for marketing excellence in print, digital and broadcast formats.
The Community Improvement Corporation's "All About Me in Clark County" career exploration event received an OEDA award for excellence in workforce development innovation. The CIC's recruitment of the Topre Corporation to Springfield was named "Best Project" by the Ohio Economic Development Association.