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When the Missouri Legislature began its 2019 session, two experienced Springfield-area businessmen - John Black and Craig Fishel - were among the newbies in the Capitol, part of the freshman class of legislators beginning their first year in office.
The 2019 Missouri legislative session, which ended May 18, was ultimately successful for several important Chamber priorities. After long hours and hard work, numerous critical business issues crossed the finish line this year.
Members of the Chamber staff are in the Capitol every week, advocating on behalf of the business community’s top priorities. But sometimes, hearing directly from business leaders and job creators is the most effective way to carry the message.
Springfield’s young professionals often tout their ability to be heard and have a seat at the table as one of our city’s biggest assets. They made that ability abundantly clear in two recent events – one here at the Chamber and one in the state Capitol.
On April 2, Springfield-area voters helped the City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools take significant steps forward by approving two ballot initiatives to help with funding for important future projects.
When she visited the Chamber on March 29 to offer a mid-session legislative update to the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee, Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade offered an update on Chamber priorities as well as a straight-forward but troubling message: Partisanship has intensified in the Capitol this session.
One key to preparing students for success is removing any substantial barriers to graduation. That’s the stated goal of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program, which Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson were in Springfield on March 13 to highlight.
When voters head to the polls in Springfield on April 2, two important fiscal issues will be on the ballot, and both deserve your support.
One of the main reasons state decision makers turn to the Chamber is because we are consistent and diligent in voicing your priorities – and that diligence was on display throughout the month of February.
In addition to the important issues to be decided on the April 2 ballot, numerous individual candidates seeking election or re-election to Springfield City Council or to the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education have been endorsed by the Chamber.
January 11 was, in the words of Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Childs, a "signature opportunity" for a conversation between state legislators and leaders of the Springfield business community.
The upcoming year is shaping up to be a busy one in Jefferson City – and leadership from the Springfield area will be right in the thick of the action.
On November 28, two Speakers of the Missouri House of Representatives – one past, one present – visited the Chamber for the last installment of the 2018 Public Policy Speaker Series.
On Election Day – Tuesday, November 6 – voters will decide on multiple important issues in Missouri. The Chamber has taken a stance on several of these ballot measures and we encourage you to learn about these topics before heading to the polls.
The Chamber has long been a supporter of investment in our transportation infrastructure. Our roads and bridges are critical to helping us utilize our natural geographic advantage in the center of the nation. But we risk losing that advantage if we don’t act now.
When it comes to funding for Missouri’s transportation infrastructure, the state is at a crossroads - and Proposition D, which will be on statewide ballots in November, could be the answer.
When the Chamber took nearly 80 community, business, education and nonprofit leaders to Chattanooga in mid-September, it was the second time a group from Springfield had visited the Tennessee city since the Community Leadership Visit program began in 1994.
Congressman Billy Long was at the Chamber on August 29 as part of the Public Policy Speaker Series connecting with a room full of the area’s business leaders, telling them about what is happening in the nation’s capital and what the future might hold.
Holly Rehder is not afraid to tell people her story and how it has brought her to her current position – and she did just that when she visited the Chamber August 17 to speak with the Governmental Relations Committee.
Gov. Mike Parson received a warm southwest Missouri welcome when he took the stage August 1 as the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s inaugural State of the State event at White River Conference Center.
The Chamber is always looking for ways to help connect its members with decision makers in local, state and federal government.
On July 18, three young professionals who have already decided to get involved in public office spoke to members of The Network at the latest Access to the Issues event about what it’s like to be an officeholder, and how they’re working to shape the community.
Senator Jay Wasson was the guest of the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee on July 12, offering his take on the year’s successes, his overall time in the Capitol and the state political scene.
The Springfield Metro Partnership’s biennial Legislative Thank You Luncheon is a unique opportunity for members of the Partnership to celebrate successes of a legislative session and thank lawmakers for the work they did in Jefferson City during the previous legislative session.
In his first visit to the Chamber as the state’s new governor, Mike Parson met with business, education and community leaders to talk about the importance of investing in infrastructure and workforce training – and maintaining a spirit of cooperation between city and state leaders.
The Missouri Legislature wrapped up its second regular session of the 99th General Assembly on May 18th. In a tough session with many distractions, House and Senate leadership were keenly focused on passing critical legislation, resulting in one of the more productive sessions for Missouri’s business community in recent memory.
Then-Lt. Governor Mike Parson's new Buy Missouri initiative brought him to Springfield on May 14, as part of a 10-city kickoff tour that started in late 2017.
On April 11, members of The Network for Young Professionals took the opportunity to engage with key state legislative leaders in Jefferson City during their second-ever lobby day to the state Capitol.
While technology is helpful, it also opens the door for businesses of all shapes and sizes to become the victims of potential fraud and embezzlement - and that was the focus of a presentation to a joint meeting of the Chamber’s International Business Council and the Greater Ozarks International Trade Association on April 25.
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.