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Preparing to advocate for you in an unprecedented legislative session The 2021 legislative session is set to be one unlike any in recent memory, as legislators work through pandemic restrictions and try to help businesses and employees begin the process of economic recovery. The regional business community hopes that that legislators can build on the…

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A chance to speak with the Speaker The Chamber’s 2020 Public Policy Speaker Series had its final installment on Dec. 15 in a conversation with a Springfield-area political leader whose time in state-level politics is also coming to an end, at least for now. Elijah Haahr, who has served as the Speaker of the Missouri…

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Announcing Chamber leadership for 2021 The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new members of its Board of Directors for 2021. These seven board members will serve three-year terms on the board, having been nominated by the Directors Nominating Committee earlier this fall and submitted to the general membership for approval.…

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Reflecting on a lifetime of education leadership Anyone who knows Dr. Carol Taylor knows that one of her favorite mantras, especially lately, has been this: “Blessed are the flexible.” One look back at Taylor’s career in education shows she has taken that advice to heart in her own career, as she discussed during the second…

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Community Leadership Visit: A Moment for Reflection The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce has been taking business and civic leaders to peer communities across the country each year since 1994. We call it the Community Leadership Visit. The idea is to learn what other communities are doing and bring their best practices back to Springfield,…

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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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