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April 3 marked a significant victory for efforts to grow our region’s skilled workforce and fuel job creation, as two ballot initiatives requested by Ozarks Technical Community College were both successful at the polls in their seven-county taxation district.
The first installment of the Chamber’s 2018 Public Policy Speaker Series brought one of the most influential, and yet most familiar, Missourians back to Springfield on March 26: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
The move to the Senate has been a change for Sandy Crawford, as she told the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee when she visited on March 20 during the General Assembly’s spring break.
The Chamber is endorsing two propositions for OTC that will be on the April 3 ballot to help fund crucially important programs for our region's education and workforce development needs.
The Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee hosted its first lawmaker of the 2018 session on February 2, when Rep. Curtis Trent returned from Jefferson City to offer an update on progress made thus far this year.
The Springfield region had the chance to communicate directly with legislators and officeholders from across the state when our Springfield Metro Partners and many local volunteers traveled to Jefferson City on January 24 for Advocacy Day and the Springfield Regional Salute to Legislators reception.
January brings the beginning of the new state legislative session – and the chance for the Chamber’s volunteer leaders to connect with our local legislative delegation about the issues most important to our members.
As the calendar turns to 2018, the Chamber is already hard at work preparing for what this year’s legislative session holds in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C.
The Chamber recently brought together leaders from the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, CoxHealth, Mercy and Missouri University of Science & Technology to talk with state lawmakers about the importance of funding for several ongoing partnership programs.
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.
The Chamber encourages members to vote YES on Tuesday, November 7, to continue the City of Springfield’s Level Property Tax (LPT).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the recommendation of the Springfield Good Government Committee, the Chamber has endorsed these candidates for mayor and Springfield City Council.
The Chamber board of directors encourages members to support the Springfield Public Schools bond issue on the April 4 ballot.
The kickoff of the 2017 Public Policy Speaker Series featured an impressive panel of senators representing the Springfield region.
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