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An update on federal COVID relief efforts On September 16, Chamber members received an update from Jack Howard, senior vice president of the Congressional and Public Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He provided insight into opportunities and potential roadblocks to progress to federal coronavirus relief. According to Howard, the current priority for…

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Introducing our Education Resource Center for Employers As school districts around the region have started the process of reopening their doors to students for the 2020-2021 school year – in a variety of forms – both parents and employers have a wide range of questions. What resources are available to help support virtual learning? Which…

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Make your voice heard on policy issues Do you have a legislative issue that impacts your business or industry? The Chamber’s Public Affairs team wants to hear about it. The Chamber is looking ahead to 2021 and gathering feedback for the development of next year’s legislative agenda, which will identify the issues most important to Chamber…

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A new look for the Chamber’s State of the State event When Governor Mike Parson visited Springfield on July 29 to deliver the keynote message at the Chamber’s third annual State of the State, the event – like so many others right now – looked and felt different than originally planned. The event at Juanita…

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Placemaking in a pandemic Before the pandemic hit our area, The Network for Young Professionals was just starting to get heavily involved in Forward SGF, the City of Springfield’s comprehensive plan for the next 20 years. YPs attended the workshops in January to ensure their voice was represented when looking to the future of our…

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Positioning employers for good faith compliance City and business experts provided insight into the new masking ordinance, the current public health data for our region, and best practices for businesses and organizations during a call with Chamber members on July 15. On July 13, Springfield City Council voted to continue certain occupancy restrictions and require…

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Highlighting the path to economic recovery State leaders highlighted Missouri’s current economic recovery efforts and potential positive workforce signs for the state during a conference call with Chamber members on June 24. Director of Missouri Dept. of Economic Development (DED) Rob Dixon, Commissioner of Higher Education and Workforce Development (DHEWD) Zora Mulligan, and Deputy Director…

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Minimizing employer liability during reopening & recovery Please note: This information was provided on Wednesday, June 10; guidance may have changed since that time. This information is not intended to constitute legal advice; individuals should contact an attorney for advice with respect to any particular matter specifically facing your business. As we move further into…

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A look at COVID-19’s impact on Missouri unemployment On May 20, Chamber members heard an update and guidance on the current unemployment implications of COVID-19 as the state moves towards recovery during the first installment of the 2020 Public Policy Speaker Series. Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR),…

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Missouri lawmakers conclude 2020 legislative session When the 2020 legislative session ended on May 15, it marked the end of one of the more unique years in the history of the Missouri General Assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted both the function and the focus of lawmakers, as they lost about five weeks of work time…

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