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Taking the message to the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 03, 2017

The Chamber works year-round developing, refining and sharing its list of legislative priorities covering a wide range of issues, and work on those issues takes place in myriad locations and takes numerous forms.

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Making the case for Chamber legislative priorities

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Feb 02, 2017

The new year brings a wealth of possibilities and challenges in the Missouri Legislature. In an effort to address both sides of the legislative coin for 2017, Chamber volunteer leaders and staff have been advocating to state elected leaders in a variety of ways.

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The 2017 State Agenda: Reforms, Right to Work

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jan 12, 2017

At the end of his first week as Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives, Elijah Haahr visited the Chamber to speak with a packed house and offer a look at the top priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

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Freshman legislators visit Springfield to kick off statewide tour

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 12, 2016

Freshman members of the Missouri Legislature get a statewide tour before they take office, visiting areas around the state to hear about the issues that matter most; Springfield was first on the legislators’ tour for 2016, and a group of nearly 50 made the Chamber their first stop on December 5.

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State legislative leaders preview top issues for 2017

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Dec 02, 2016

State Sen. Mike Kehoe and State Rep. Kevin Austin spoke to a packed house at the Springfield Chamber on November 30, offering a look at what the 2017 legislative session could hold, including the top priorities for the Republican majorities in both houses.

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Springfield City Council Meeting: A Case Study

Posted by Emily Denniston on Dec 01, 2016

The Chamber is focused on improving the business climate at all levels of government. Much of this work is done for our members and the business community behind the scenes, but sometimes all the pieces come together and demonstrate the way local government can work when operating at its best. 

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DOLís overtime rule change blocked for now

Posted by Chamber Staff on Dec 01, 2016

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction that blocks implementation of the Department of Labor's proposed new federal overtime rule. So what does that mean for your business?

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Ambassador visit highlights need for international communication

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 27, 2016

As the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae knows the importance of interpersonal communication—regardless of cultural divides. Sasae visited the Chamber on October 12.


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Chamber encourages members to vote NO on Amendment 3, Proposition A

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 27, 2016

At the October 17 meeting of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the board voted to oppose two statewide proposals that will appear on the November 8 ballot: Amendment 3 and Proposition A.

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Greenville visit reinforces value of strong leadership, common vision

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Oct 06, 2016

It was Greenville's concerted redevelopment effort and all of the factors that went into it that helped convince the Springfield Chamber to choose Greenville as the destination for its 23rd annual Community Leadership Visit (CLV) September 15-17.

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Taking action in 2016

Posted by Chamber Communications on Sep 02, 2016

The Chamber’s advocacy efforts have been running full steam ahead in 2016.

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State, federal leaders offer insights in Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 05, 2016

July was another busy month for the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, as leaders from both the state and federal level visited Springfield to hear from area business leaders and offer a glimpse at the political climate.

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Congressman Long offers recap, looks ahead

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 03, 2016

When Congressman Billy Long visited the Chamber July 26 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered both a look back at what has been accomplished this session and a look at what still needs to be done.

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Chamber looks to members for legislative input

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 02, 2016

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

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State treasurer addresses Missouri's fiscal health, plans for growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Aug 01, 2016

When State Treasurer Clint Zweifel visited Springfield July 7, he had a positive but cautious outlook. 

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Chamber advocacy brings state leaders to Springfield

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jul 01, 2016

Numerous state leaders were in Springfield in June to share their stories and field questions from members.

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Fort Wood continues to impact Springfield

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 01, 2016

The officer in charge of Fort Leonard Wood made his first visit to the Chamber on June 23 to offer an update on what is happening at Missouri’s largest military base and its impact on Springfield.


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Attorney General Chris Koster analyzes Missouri government

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 23, 2016

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured guest June 15 during the second installment of the Chamber’s Public Policy Speaker Series, where he discussed issues that impact all Missouri businesses including transportation funding, economic development and educating tomorrow’s workforce.

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Possibilities and struggles in trading with Cuba

Posted by Ann Elwell on Jun 20, 2016

Cuba and its export economy languish at the bottom of the list of world nations but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming the “debutante of the ball.”

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Reflecting on six years in the Capitol

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Jun 10, 2016

When Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber June 10 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered a look back at six eventful years as representative of the state’s 135th district, covering the eastern portion of Springfield.

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Why free trade is crucial to economic growth

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

The Chamber’s International Business Council brought in the U.S. Chamber’s executive director for international policy on May 17 to present his take on the current environment for international trade and some of his group's international trade and related priorities for 2016.

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New laws and regulations to impact businesses

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 26, 2016

Take a look at how your Chamber is preparing for new DOL overtime rules and look back at the results of this year's Missouri legislative session and what remains on the agenda for 2017. 

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What's the Chamber doing for you in Jefferson City?

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on May 06, 2016

The 2016 Missouri legislative session ends May 13, and the Chamber has worked since January to advocate for the priorities of business. 

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Connecting members with decision makers

Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Apr 04, 2016

Providing access to government leaders helps members engage on the issues that matter most. March was a good month for making connections as two key lawmakers visited the Chamber.

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Mid-session legislative recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 04, 2016

As the Missouri General Assembly reaches the midway point of the 2016 session, here is a look at what has been accomplished and what is still on the agenda. 

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Making the case for better roads

Chamber members and delegates making their voices heard in Jefferson City
Posted by Jeremy Elwood on Mar 31, 2016

Members of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee traveled to Jefferson City March 16 to meet with key decision makers and present a simple message: Infrastructure investment can be the difference when competing for jobs and business investment.

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Vote YES twice Ė without raising taxes

Vote Yes on April 5 on both issues
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 11, 2016

Two questions on the April 5 ballot will lead to better roadways and other improvements—if voters approve their renewal. Best part? No tax increase. 

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See who the Chamber is backing on April 5

Posted by Unknown on Mar 11, 2016

Meet our endorsed school board candidates

Springfield School Board endorsed candidates
Posted by Ann Elwell on Mar 03, 2016

Learn more about the candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education endorsed by the Chamber.

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Our advocacy work is like a megaphone

Legislators Luncheon
Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 05, 2016

In its role as the voice of business, the Chamber and its public affairs team amplify the concerns of our members. So far in this new year, our volunteers and staff have met with lawmakers in Jefferson City, interviewed candidates for Springfield School Board, and started work to support two April ballot issues. 

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