Greenville visit reinforces value of strong leadership, common vision

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 06, 2016

It was Greenville's concerted redevelopment effort and all of the factors that went into it that helped convince the Springfield Chamber to choose Greenville as the destination for its 23rd annual Community Leadership Visit (CLV) September 15-17.

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Taking action in 2016

Posted by Chamber Communications on Sep 02, 2016

The Chamber’s advocacy efforts have been running full steam ahead in 2016.

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State, federal leaders offer insights in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 05, 2016

July was another busy month for the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, as leaders from both the state and federal level visited Springfield to hear from area business leaders and offer a glimpse at the political climate.

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Congressman Long offers recap, looks ahead

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 03, 2016

When Congressman Billy Long visited the Chamber July 26 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered both a look back at what has been accomplished this session and a look at what still needs to be done.

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Chamber looks to members for legislative input

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2016

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

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State treasurer addresses Missouri's fiscal health, plans for growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 01, 2016

When State Treasurer Clint Zweifel visited Springfield July 7, he had a positive but cautious outlook. 

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Chamber advocacy brings state leaders to Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 01, 2016

Numerous state leaders were in Springfield in June to share their stories and field questions from members.

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Fort Wood continues to impact Springfield

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 01, 2016

The officer in charge of Fort Leonard Wood made his first visit to the Chamber on June 23 to offer an update on what is happening at Missouri’s largest military base and its impact on Springfield.

 

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Attorney General Chris Koster analyzes Missouri government

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 23, 2016

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured guest June 15 during the second installment of the Chamber’s Public Policy Speaker Series, where he discussed issues that impact all Missouri businesses including transportation funding, economic development and educating tomorrow’s workforce.

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Possibilities and struggles in trading with Cuba

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 20, 2016

Cuba and its export economy languish at the bottom of the list of world nations but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming the “debutante of the ball.”

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Reflecting on six years in the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 10, 2016

When Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber June 10 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered a look back at six eventful years as representative of the state’s 135th district, covering the eastern portion of Springfield.

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Why free trade is crucial to economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

The Chamber’s International Business Council brought in the U.S. Chamber’s executive director for international policy on May 17 to present his take on the current environment for international trade and some of his group's international trade and related priorities for 2016.

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New laws and regulations to impact businesses

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

Take a look at how your Chamber is preparing for new DOL overtime rules and look back at the results of this year's Missouri legislative session and what remains on the agenda for 2017. 

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What's the Chamber doing for you in Jefferson City?

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

The 2016 Missouri legislative session ends May 13, and the Chamber has worked since January to advocate for the priorities of business. 

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Connecting members with decision makers

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2016

Providing access to government leaders helps members engage on the issues that matter most. March was a good month for making connections as two key lawmakers visited the Chamber.

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Mid-session legislative recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 04, 2016

As the Missouri General Assembly reaches the midway point of the 2016 session, here is a look at what has been accomplished and what is still on the agenda. 

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Making the case for better roads

Chamber members and delegates making their voices heard in Jefferson City
Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

Members of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee traveled to Jefferson City March 16 to meet with key decision makers and present a simple message: Infrastructure investment can be the difference when competing for jobs and business investment.

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Vote YES twice without raising taxes

Vote Yes on April 5 on both issues
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 11, 2016

Two questions on the April 5 ballot will lead to better roadways and other improvements—if voters approve their renewal. Best part? No tax increase. 

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See who the Chamber is backing on April 5

Posted by Unknown on Mar 11, 2016

Meet our endorsed school board candidates

Springfield School Board endorsed candidates
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 03, 2016

Learn more about the candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education endorsed by the Chamber.

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Our advocacy work is like a megaphone

Legislators Luncheon
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

In its role as the voice of business, the Chamber and its public affairs team amplify the concerns of our members. So far in this new year, our volunteers and staff have met with lawmakers in Jefferson City, interviewed candidates for Springfield School Board, and started work to support two April ballot issues. 

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Better roadways, no additional cost

Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

In April, Springfield voters will decide whether to continue two sales tax provisions aimed at better roadways, including street resurfacing, improved intersections and school sidewalks. Your Chamber board has voted to support these issues.

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Chamber, MSU build Springfield's international network

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 05, 2015

Every year, the Chamber and Missouri State University connect hundreds of international students with businesses in Springfield.

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Committee seeks nominations for 2016 board of directors

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 05, 2015

Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2016 Chamber board of directors. Once nominations close, this year’s Directors Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees, which will be submitted to the Chamber board for consideration at the regular September meeting.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, August 21.

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Legislators weigh in on hits and misses from the session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 09, 2015

Members packed the Chamber to hear state Senator Mike Parson and Representative Kevin Austin share their take on what—at least from a Chamber perspective—was one of the strongest legislative sessions in many years.

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Nixon signs legislation to protect businesses, taxpayers

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 09, 2015

A top Chamber priority passed in May and signed by the Governor this week may save your business from being charged thousands of dollars in back taxes.

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Legislation brings needed health care training programs to Springfield

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 09, 2015

Thanks to the $26 billion budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last month, Springfield will receive $10 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus as well as $1.3 million for occupational therapy and other related programs at Missouri State University.

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Check out our 2015 Legislative Recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jun 02, 2015

During the 2015 legislative session, over 2000 bills were filed and in the end, only 133 bills passed.  Due to a filibuster and a procedural move in the Senate, only two pieces of legislation passed out of that chamber during the last week - which has historically been the busiest.  We did see quite a few successes on long-term Chamber priorities.  Here is a snapshot on where some of those stood as the bell rang in Jefferson City on May 15. 

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Top Chamber priority passes, signifying win for job creation

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

One of the biggest wins so far this session will create a powerful tool to help bring high paying tech jobs to Missouri.

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Deadlines loom as lawmakers weigh critical legislation

Posted by Emily Denniston and Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

Lawmakers at both the State and Federal level are facing tight deadlines on key business priorities. Find out which solutions we're working to get across the finish line.

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