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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Chamber Board of Directors encourages members to vote “NO” next Tuesday, and renew pension funding for Springfield Police and Firefighters.
See what the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has done for you this session both here at home and in Jefferson City.
Keeping our commitment to Springfield’s police officers and firefighters is the right thing to do.
That’s why the Chamber’s Board of Directors decided in December to endorse the proposed Police/Fire Pension Fund Sales Tax Renewal that will appear before voters on April 8.
Approved by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2014, the Chamber's Legislative Agenda serves as the guidebook to Chamber positions on legislative issues and serves to inform and educate those in legislative positions the views of the Chamber.