2021 Legislative Session Update

The 2021 legislative session is in full swing after a rough first month in which each chamber battled COVID-19 outbreaks among staff and legislators alike. While that challenge is ongoing, the House and Senate have managed to continue their work. As always, all eyes are on the budget. Governor Parson’s proposed budget addresses many of … Continued


Member News February 2021

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) was awarded with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal by Destinations International … Continued


Member News January 2021

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] Want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE while getting FREE HELP during the summer?  The City of Columbia’s CARE program hires local … Continued


New COVID-19 Relief Package Breakdown

*This blog post was originally posted on December 22, 2020. It was updated on January 4, 2021. After eight months, Congressional leadership secured a deal for another COVID-19 relief package, as well as come to an agreement on annual defense funding and an overarching budget to fund the federal government through September 2021. The $900 … Continued


Workforce Development Divison Launch

To meet the business community’s workforce needs, the Chamber has launched a Workforce Development Division. The Division’s mission will be to retain talent in Columbia while helping to build a strong workforce of tomorrow. The Division will conduct its first meeting in early January 2021. “We have heard from our business community, the City, and … Continued


Member News December 2020

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] The Evoke Group is proud to announce their Regional Emmy® win for the category of “Magazine Program”! In partnership with Missouri Life Magazine, The … Continued


Rocheport Bridge & COVID-19 Liability

It has been a busy week for the State of Missouri. On Monday, MoDOT announced a formal timeline for the construction and completion of a new Rocheport Bridge on I-70. According to their release, construction will begin during the winter of 2021, with hopes of opening the new bridge to traffic by the summer of … Continued


Member News November 2020

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected] Burrell Behavioral Health received a Kindness in Business Award for Kindness to Employees. The inaugural awards celebrate Boone County businesses … Continued


Stoney Creek Sessions

After breakfast at The Broadway Hotel, attendees gathered at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center for an intense day of sessions.  We began the morning with an update from City Manager John Glascock on the city budget, priorities and recovery planning updates.  Many job cuts from the city’s budget did not necessarily result in a … Continued


Why Columbia?

Continuing our morning at Stephens College, our higher education session was followed by a spotlight session on NextGen with Dr. Richard Barohn, Scientific Director, NextGenPrecisionHealth. Dr. Barohn shared the promising demographics of incoming Mizzou doctors and a general update on the progress on the NextGen project.  Afterward, we spent the rest of the morning, focusing … Continued