Leadership Visit 2017

Tuesday, October 24 Overview of Lexington About 70 individuals left Columbia early Tuesday from Central Missouri Aviation on a chartered flight. Everyone landed in Lexington and hit the ground running. Within an hour of landing, the group was taken directly to downtown Lexington where they heard from the chair of Commerce Lexington, Carla Blanton. Blanton … Continued


Chamber Endorses Prop 1 – County Road and Bridge Tax

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Boone County Proposition 1 on the August 8 special election ballot. Prop 1 renews a half-penny countywide sales tax to provide significant funding for the next decade for good county roads and bridges. Prop 1 also continues county-shared funding for City of Columbia projects more than $18 million … Continued


Columbia Chamber of Commerce Supports Smart Grid Improvements and SB 190

As the Missouri State Senate is expected to bring up SB 190, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-31), the Columbia Chamber of Commerce announces its support for the bill. SB 190 establishes the Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Act. It will focus on developing a “smart” electrical grid for the state that is expected to … Continued


Congress Members Share Visions on Reforming the Country’s Capital Markets

Heads of local financial institutions, members of Congress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together to discuss reforming the country’s capital markets. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) to host a Financial Services Roundtable yesterday at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. … Continued


Chamber Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has signed a letter urging the United States Senate to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA). The Chamber is joined by a coalition of 616 signatories from each state. Support for the passage of this act comes from a wide-range of industries representing the diverse interests … Continued


Chamber Unveils the 2016 Legislative Scorecard – Inaugural Edition

The Chamber has a vigorous process to form and create legislative priorities. This process begins during the summer prior to the legislative session. The Government Affairs committee invites community partners and our local elected officials to outline their objectives and priorities for the next legislative session. The committee also reviews recommendations from the Chamber’s other 11 committees submitting and discussing proposals culminating with the November meeting … Continued


Chamber Unveils 2017 Legislative Priorities to Improve Business Climate in Columbia

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce released its priorities for the current legislative session. The priorities and positions were carefully and strategically chosen based on the feedback from the businesses community, education entities, legislative members and community leaders. The Chamber’s priorities and positions focus on making Columbia more competitive within the region, state and country. “There … Continued


Lawmakers Override Vetoes

Lawmakers Override More than Half of the Vetoes Missouri lawmakers overturned most of Governor Jay Nixon’s 23 vetoes from the previous Regular Session. In all, the Legislature overrode the governor on a total of 13 vetoes on Wednesday, September 14th. Concerning businesses, the Legislature failed to override Governor Nixon’s veto of a proposed law that … Continued