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Thank you to voters for your commitment to education and workforce

Posted by Chamber Communications on Apr 05, 2018

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.

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Assessment of federal government from a legislative leader

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 29, 2018

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.

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Freshman Senator offers legislative update from Jefferson City

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 22, 2018

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.

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Help OTC support education and workforce development

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 01, 2018

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.

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Jobs, transportation funding highlighted during state rep visit

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 08, 2018

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.


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A day of advocacy in the state Capitol

Posted by Chamber Communications on Feb 01, 2018

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. 

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Annual legislative luncheon highlights Chamber priorities

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 22, 2018

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.

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Looking Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jan 04, 2018

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. 

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Fostering partnerships for important programs

Posted by Chamber Communications on Dec 18, 2017

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. 

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Drawn to office by history and a desire to serve

Posted by Chamber Communications on Nov 17, 2017

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.

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Vote YES on city's level property tax renewal

Posted by Chamber Communications on Oct 31, 2017

The Chamber encourages members to vote YES on Tuesday, November 7, to continue the City of Springfield’s Level Property Tax (LPT).

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State leaders visit Chamber to connect with members

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 31, 2017

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.

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Chamber encourages YES vote on city level property tax

Posted by Jennifer McClure on Oct 06, 2017

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.

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Collecting ideas to address transportation funding

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 31, 2017

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. 

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Furthering a long-standing military relationship

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 30, 2017

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. 


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Coming to the table to find common ground

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 04, 2017

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.”

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Making your voice heard on regulatory issues

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

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.

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Connecting with our military leaders

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2017

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.

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Help the Chamber shape its legislative agenda

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 02, 2017

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

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Looking at Jefferson City with fresh eyes

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 05, 2017

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.


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State leaders echo need for workforce development

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 20, 2017

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.

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House budget chair offers look back at 2017 session

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2017

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.

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State legislative session brings major business successes, but work remains

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 19, 2017

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.

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Giving international business a lift in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 02, 2017

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.


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April election spells a win for economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 07, 2017

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.

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Legislative Update: Progress on Chamber priorities, work remains in last five weeks of session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 07, 2017

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.

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A vote for these candidates is a vote for economic growth

Posted by Chamber Communications on Mar 02, 2017

Following the recommendation of the Springfield Good Government Committee, the Chamber has endorsed these candidates for mayor and Springfield City Council. 

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Chamber encourages members to vote YES on the Springfield R-12 bond issue

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 02, 2017

The Chamber board of directors encourages members to support the Springfield Public Schools bond issue on the April 4 ballot.

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State Senate leaders discuss legislative session, time in office

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 01, 2017

The kickoff of the 2017 Public Policy Speaker Series featured an impressive panel of senators representing the Springfield region.

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A success for the Chamberís legislative agenda and the state

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 14, 2017

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

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