Drawn to office by history and a desire to serve

Posted by Chamber Communications on Nov 17, 2017

When he visited Springfield for the Chamber’s Public Policy Speaker Series on November 15, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said that he initially turned away from politics but was eventually drawn back by a desire to make a difference.

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Vote YES on city's level property tax renewal

Posted by Chamber Communications on Oct 31, 2017

The Chamber encourages members to vote YES on Tuesday, November 7, to continue the City of Springfield’s Level Property Tax (LPT).

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State leaders visit Chamber to connect with members

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 31, 2017

In our continued effort to serve as a Trusted Convener and an Inclusive Engager for our members, the Chamber was busy in October bringing Missouri leaders to Springfield to meet with members and offer a look at what is happening at the state level.

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Chamber encourages YES vote on city level property tax

Posted by Jennifer McClure on Oct 06, 2017

The Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse the City of Springfield's Level Property Tax proposal and encourages Chamber members who live in the city to vote “YES” on November 7.

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Collecting ideas to address transportation funding

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 31, 2017

The 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force has been asked to evaluate the condition of the state’s roads and bridges and examine current funding levels; part of that process is a series of public meetings statewide, including one at the Chamber offices on August 23. 

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Furthering a long-standing military relationship

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 30, 2017

Fort Leonard Wood hosted more than 40 Chamber members on August 15 for a day trip designed to further the relationship between Springfield and the military community. 


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Coming to the table to find common ground

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 04, 2017

While the City, County and Sheriff’s Department did the work to reach an agreement settling the lawsuit surrounding the transportation and housing of prisoners and the use of the Justice Center, the Chamber was serve behind the scenes in the role of “Trusted Convener” and “Honest Broker.”

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Making your voice heard on regulatory issues

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

The Chamber’s Public Affairs team is always working to advocate for business interests with local, state and federal legislators. But many members may not be aware of another aspect of the Chamber’s work: regulatory issues.

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Connecting with our military leaders

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

For those in the business community who have ever wondered how our military institutions operate, or for those that are interested in learning about how they can work with the military in a business capacity, mark August 15 on the calendar.

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Help the Chamber shape its legislative agenda

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 02, 2017

The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.

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Looking at Jefferson City with fresh eyes

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 05, 2017

Three freshman representatives from the Springfield area visited the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee on June 28 to share their experiences and observations from their first year in Jefferson City. The consensus: There were many challenges to overcome and accomplishments of which to be proud, and there is optimism about what 2018 holds.


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State leaders echo need for workforce development

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2017

According to those attending a June 14 roundtable at the Chamber, Missouri faces several challenges in coming years, and few are more pressing than the ongoing shortage of skilled workers - but the state is uniquely positioned to tackle those challenges.

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House budget chair offers look back at 2017 session

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2017

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's first year as chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee was a challenging one based on the state’s $500 million dollar budget shortfall. Despite tough budget choices for the legislature to make, there were many business successes to point to in the 2017 session.

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State legislative session brings major business successes, but work remains

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 19, 2017

The 2017 Missouri legislative session ended May 12, and several priorities from the Chamber’s state legislative agenda made it across the finish line, marking a successful year for the state’s business climate.

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Giving international business a lift in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 02, 2017

Companies looking to do business internationally may be aware that the Springfield-Branson National Airport has been home to a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) for two decades. In fact, until recently, it would have been possible to walk through the airport facility and not even know it was there.


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April election spells a win for economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 07, 2017

The Chamber is incredibly grateful to businesses and individuals who supported the City Council candidates supported by the Springfield Good Government Committee, and especially to those who voted on April 4.

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Legislative Update: Progress on Chamber priorities, work remains in last five weeks of session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 07, 2017

The 2017 legislative session is headed toward the finish line, with only five weeks until adjournment on May 12. Here is an update on some top Chamber priorities as of April 6.

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A vote for these candidates is a vote for economic growth

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 02, 2017

Following the recommendation of the Springfield Good Government Committee, the Chamber has endorsed these candidates for mayor and Springfield City Council. 

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Chamber encourages members to vote YES on the Springfield R-12 bond issue

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 02, 2017

The Chamber board of directors encourages members to support the Springfield Public Schools bond issue on the April 4 ballot.

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State Senate leaders discuss legislative session, time in office

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 01, 2017

The kickoff of the 2017 Public Policy Speaker Series featured an impressive panel of senators representing the Springfield region.

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A success for the Chamberís legislative agenda and the state

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 14, 2017

One of the first items in the Chamber's state legislative agenda to successfully make it through the legislative process in 2017 was the Right to Work legislation, signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on February 6

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Taking the message to the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 03, 2017

The Chamber works year-round developing, refining and sharing its list of legislative priorities covering a wide range of issues, and work on those issues takes place in myriad locations and takes numerous forms.

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Making the case for Chamber legislative priorities

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 02, 2017

The new year brings a wealth of possibilities and challenges in the Missouri Legislature. In an effort to address both sides of the legislative coin for 2017, Chamber volunteer leaders and staff have been advocating to state elected leaders in a variety of ways.

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The 2017 State Agenda: Reforms, Right to Work

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jan 12, 2017

At the end of his first week as Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives, Elijah Haahr visited the Chamber to speak with a packed house and offer a look at the top priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

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Freshman legislators visit Springfield to kick off statewide tour

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 12, 2016

Freshman members of the Missouri Legislature get a statewide tour before they take office, visiting areas around the state to hear about the issues that matter most; Springfield was first on the legislators’ tour for 2016, and a group of nearly 50 made the Chamber their first stop on December 5.

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State legislative leaders preview top issues for 2017

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 02, 2016

State Sen. Mike Kehoe and State Rep. Kevin Austin spoke to a packed house at the Springfield Chamber on November 30, offering a look at what the 2017 legislative session could hold, including the top priorities for the Republican majorities in both houses.

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Springfield City Council Meeting: A Case Study

Posted by Emily Denniston on Dec 01, 2016

The Chamber is focused on improving the business climate at all levels of government. Much of this work is done for our members and the business community behind the scenes, but sometimes all the pieces come together and demonstrate the way local government can work when operating at its best. 

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DOLís overtime rule change blocked for now

Posted by Chamber Staff on Dec 01, 2016

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction that blocks implementation of the Department of Labor's proposed new federal overtime rule. So what does that mean for your business?

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Ambassador visit highlights need for international communication

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 27, 2016

As the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae knows the importance of interpersonal communication—regardless of cultural divides. Sasae visited the Chamber on October 12.


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Chamber encourages members to vote NO on Amendment 3, Proposition A

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 27, 2016

At the October 17 meeting of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the board voted to oppose two statewide proposals that will appear on the November 8 ballot: Amendment 3 and Proposition A.

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