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Better roadways, no additional cost

Posted by Ann Elwell on Feb 04, 2016

In April, Springfield voters will decide whether to continue two sales tax provisions aimed at better roadways, including street resurfacing, improved intersections and school sidewalks. Your Chamber board has voted to support these issues.

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Chamber, MSU build Springfield's international network

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 05, 2015

Every year, the Chamber and Missouri State University connect hundreds of international students with businesses in Springfield.

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Committee seeks nominations for 2016 board of directors

Posted by Chamber Staff on Aug 05, 2015

Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2016 Chamber board of directors. Once nominations close, this year’s Directors Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees, which will be submitted to the Chamber board for consideration at the regular September meeting.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, August 21.

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Legislators weigh in on hits and misses from the session

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jul 09, 2015

Members packed the Chamber to hear state Senator Mike Parson and Representative Kevin Austin share their take on what—at least from a Chamber perspective—was one of the strongest legislative sessions in many years.

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Nixon signs legislation to protect businesses, taxpayers

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 09, 2015

A top Chamber priority passed in May and signed by the Governor this week may save your business from being charged thousands of dollars in back taxes.

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Legislation brings needed health care training programs to Springfield

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 09, 2015

Thanks to the $26 billion budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last month, Springfield will receive $10 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus as well as $1.3 million for occupational therapy and other related programs at Missouri State University.

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Check out our 2015 Legislative Recap

Posted by Emily Denniston on Jun 02, 2015

During the 2015 legislative session, over 2000 bills were filed and in the end, only 133 bills passed.  Due to a filibuster and a procedural move in the Senate, only two pieces of legislation passed out of that chamber during the last week - which has historically been the busiest.  We did see quite a few successes on long-term Chamber priorities.  Here is a snapshot on where some of those stood as the bell rang in Jefferson City on May 15. 

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Top Chamber priority passes, signifying win for job creation

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

One of the biggest wins so far this session will create a powerful tool to help bring high paying tech jobs to Missouri.

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Deadlines loom as lawmakers weigh critical legislation

Posted by Emily Denniston and Maggie Kost on May 08, 2015

Lawmakers at both the State and Federal level are facing tight deadlines on key business priorities. Find out which solutions we're working to get across the finish line.

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Legislative Update: Right to Work, Federal Transportation and Bonding

Posted by Unknown on May 04, 2015

Read about progress on top chamber priorities at the state and federal level.

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Legislative Update: Data Centers, Transportation Funding and more

Posted by Emily Denniston on Apr 21, 2015

With only four weeks left in the legislative session, the Capitol is full of activity, including efforts to get legislation across the finish line and for the House and Senate to reach agreement on the proposed 2016 state budget.  See how a few top Chamber priorities have faired.

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4 Reasons you should be exporting to Canada

Posted by Maggie Kost on Apr 08, 2015

Last week, the Chamber and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers hosted Consul General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton to discuss the U.S.-Canada trade relationship. In honor of his visit, we've put together a short list of reasons why you might want to consider doing business with Canada.

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See who the Chamber is backing on April 7

Posted by Maggie Kost on Mar 13, 2015

It's vital that our community has the right leadership in place to maintain a thriving economy. The Chamber has endorsed candidates for the Springfield Board of Education and for Springfield City Council that can lead our community into its next chapter. We encourage you to support them at the polls on April 7! 

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January brings a whirlwind of action for our advocacy team

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

From Op-Eds to an annual gala, the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has been working almost non-stop to move the needle on top legislative priorities this January. 

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Chamber publishes 2014 Community Leadership Visit Report

Posted by Maggie Kost on Feb 06, 2015

Three days, 10 panel discussions, 43 guest speakers, and 168 tweets later, 61 of Springfield’s business and community leaders learned the ins-and-outs of what makes Omaha, Nebraska a city of big ideas, big dollars and “no coasting.”  

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Newly-elected legislators converge on Springfield

Posted by Maggie on Dec 12, 2014

The Chamber along with the other eight organizations that make up the Springfield Metro Partnership hosted 45 newly-elected legislators this month in an effort to build on the strong relationship between the Springfield community and state lawmakers.

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State legislators get candid with Springfield's young professionals

Posted by Maggie Kost on Nov 05, 2014

More than 50 young professionals turned out bright and early last week to hear what major issues Springfield’s state representatives are looking to tackle in the 2015 legislative session. In the joint meeting of the Chamber’s Network for Young Professionals and the Governmental Relations Committee, legislators fielded questions on a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurship to generational engagement in the political process. 

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Nicastro highlights workforce needs in state of education address to Chamber members

Posted by Maggie Kost on Oct 06, 2014

Just days after announcing her retirement from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicatro provided Chamber members with what could very well be her last update on the state of education in Missouri.

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Speaker Pro Tem overviews planned changes to House legislative committees

Posted by Unknown on Oct 03, 2014

Representative Denny Hoskins, Speaker Pro Tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, spoke to Chamber members at a meeting of the Governmental Relations Committee on September 26. Representative Hoskins updated the group on the 2014 veto session and looked ahead at what to expect for the 2015 legislative session.

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Chamber panel examines "Access to Justice" in our region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 04, 2014

Recent legislative changes are improving access to justice and positively impacting businesses in our region. In a meeting of the Chamber’s governmental relations committee, State Senator Bob Dixon, Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier, Dwayne Fulk of Polsinelli, PC and Crista Hogan of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association discussed how these changes came about and what they mean for the business community.

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Ambassador of Kazakhstan visits Springfield in search of trade opportunities

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 04, 2014

In his remarks to the Chamber’s International Business Council this month, Ambassador Kairat Umarov highlighted a number of challenges and opportunities experienced by his home country of Kazakhstan, including the country’s interest in expanding international trade.

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Issue Brief: "Access to Justice" in our region

Posted by Maggie Kost on Sep 02, 2014

In May, legislators brought the first major changes to Missouri's criminal code in more than 30 years with the passage of Senate Bill 491. The bill, along with funding for two additional Greene County Circuit Judges, signifies progress toward improving access to justice in our region, but there is still a long way to go.

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Chamber seeks input on 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 15, 2014

It's not too early to start thinking about the 2015 legislative session.   The Chamber will soon initiate the process of developing our 2015 legislative agenda, and that process begins with feedback from you.

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Chamber hires new president and CEO Matt Morrow

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 13, 2014

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced today that it has appointed Matt Morrow as the organization’s new president and CEO. The chamber worked with Waverly Partners, LLC to conduct a national search following former CEO, Jim Anderson’s announcement that he would retire on June 30.

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Welcome to the new SpringfieldChamber.com

Posted by Maggie Kost on Aug 07, 2014

Welcome to the new www.SpringfieldChamber.com! Months of planning and writing and designing have gone into the making of this wonderful new tool, and we hope that you will enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Take a look around and check out the new features that we have designed specifically to provide value to you--our members. 

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Jobs. Safety. Accountability. Vote YES on 7!

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 23, 2014

Safer roads and better infrastructure are both key to the well-being of Springfield’s economic climate. Amendment 7 is a solution that will fix our roads, repair/replace our unsafe bridges and fund priority transportation improvements in Missouri.

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Is Springfield the most dangerous city in America?

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jul 07, 2014

You may have seen the headlines on Facebook or other social media sites, but is Springfield really the most dangerous city in America? What are we doing to make sure our city’s reputation isn’t tarnished, and most importantly, how do rankings like these impact things like economic development and talent attraction?

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The Partnership for Sustainability needs your input

Posted by Unknown on Jul 01, 2014

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the Partnership for Sustainability survey, which will be used to help the Partnership develop programs that can be of value to your organization and others in the region.  

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Chamber provides an end of session legislative update

Posted by Maggie Kost on Jun 06, 2014

The 2014 legislative session ended on Friday, May 16, and there were a number of wins as well as several missed opportunities on Chamber legislative priorities.Among the measures that crossed the finish line were a transportation funding ballot initiative, changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system, and an increased commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship through additional funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation.

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Attorney General Chris Koster outlines top challenges facing Missouri

Posted by Maggie Kost on May 02, 2014

Last week, the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee hosted a discussion with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. In his remarks, Koster outlined what he sees as the top challenges facing the state of Missouri, including education, long-term transportation funding, and Medicaid expansion.

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