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SGF Business Insider – June 2021: How Do We Learn from Peer Cities?

SGF Business Insider – June 2021: How Do We Learn from Peer Cities? The Chamber has been leading the Community Leadership Visit (CLV) for more than a quarter-century, taking a delegation of community leaders to a peer city to learn from the experiences of another community and to bring back ideas that will benefit the…

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A highly successful legislative session concludes in Jefferson City

A highly successful legislative session concludes in Jefferson City When the 2021 legislative session concluded on May 14, it had ultimately proved to be a successful year for several long-term business community priorities. Throughout the session, the Chamber advocated for several member-driven, board approved legislative priorities through written testimony, member outreach, in-person meetings, and virtual…

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Network leaders travel to Jeff City to engage with state lawmakers

Network leaders travel to Jeff City to engage with state lawmakers In the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session, several members from The Network for Young Professionals Leadership Council had a first-hand opportunity to engage in the lawmaking process in Jefferson City. Current Network chair Jessica Harmison-Olson of Maxon Fine Jewelry, vice chair Dee…

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Annual Meeting focuses on resilience, optimism and hope

Annual Meeting focuses on resilience, optimism and hope The Annual Meeting is the signature evening on the Chamber’s event calendar. It’s the time when members gather to look back on the year that was, thank those who served in leadership and look ahead to what the future holds. Some elements of the 2021 edition of…

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Transportation stakeholders discuss infrastructure funding with state officials

Transportation stakeholders discuss infrastructure funding with state officials Transportation stakeholders and partners from the southwest Missouri region joined state officials on April 8 for the Chamber’s virtual Transportation Advocacy Day to discuss progress on passing long-term transportation infrastructure funding for Missouri. Sens. Dave Schatz and Lincoln Hough and Rep. Crystal Quade were joined by Jeff…

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Helping employers vaccinate our region’s workforce

Helping employers vaccinate our region’s workforce Local and state experts offered Chamber members additional insight into COVID-19 vaccination options for employers during the year’s first Inside the Issues event on March 25. As additional phases continue to open under Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, employers face several options for offering vaccines to interested employees. Shad Burner,…

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U.S. Chamber highlights pandemic relief, bipartisanship

U.S. Chamber highlights pandemic relief, bipartisanship Experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce updated Springfield Chamber members on COVID-19 federal relief efforts during a virtual event on February 3. Tom Sullivan, vice president of small business policy, gave insight into recent changes to several pandemic-related business assistance programs, enacted through the most recent COVID-relief package…

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Chamber leaders discuss legislative priorities with lawmakers

Chamber leaders discuss legislative priorities with lawmakers Coming off of an unprecedented legislative year – and heading into a year that is also shaping up to be out of the ordinary – the Chamber tried to keep at least one aspect of its yearly advocacy effort somewhat traditional: the annual meeting with area legislators. This…

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Preparing to advocate for you in an unprecedented legislative session

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

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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