Prepare to hit the voting booth on November 6

Posted by Chamber Communications on Nov 01, 2018

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.

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Why the Chamber supports Proposition D

Posted by Chamber Communications on Oct 25, 2018

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.

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Making the case for transportation funding through Proposition D

Posted by Chamber Communications on Oct 03, 2018

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.

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Chattanooga highlights natural assets and focus on intentional planning

Posted by Chamber Communications on Sep 26, 2018

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. 

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Making connections and tackling issues

Posted by Chamber Communications on Sep 05, 2018

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.

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Bringing a personal approach to state politics

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 23, 2018

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.

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Governor: Outlook is strong if we support infrastructure and workforce

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 02, 2018

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.

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Help the Chamber shape its legislative agenda

Posted by Chamber Communications on Aug 01, 2018

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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YPs talk about public service

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jul 27, 2018

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.

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Reflecting on a successful session and career in the Capitol

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jul 20, 2018

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. 

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Celebrating a successful legislative session

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jul 05, 2018

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.

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For Governor Parson, a new start with a familiar focus

Posted by Chamber Communications on Jun 13, 2018

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.

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Complex legislative session sees numerous Chamber priorities cross finish line

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 30, 2018

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.

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Encouraging Missourians to buy local

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 24, 2018

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.

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YPs make their voices heard in Jefferson City

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 01, 2018

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.

 

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Preventing and addressing fraud in international organizations

Posted by Chamber Communications on May 01, 2018

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.

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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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