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 are many opportunities for Columbia to be more aggressive with attracting and growing business,” Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick said. “Our positions will help keep the message consistent and in the forefront with legislators and our business community.”

For the 2017 legislative session, the Chamber is focusing on economic development, better infrastructure and more funding for the University of Missouri for several different reasons.

The Chamber’s 2017 legislative priorities are:

  1. Support $10 million appropriation for FY 18 to fund Columbia Regional Airport Terminal Project.
  2. Support the release of the withhold of $2 million appropriation in FY 17 and $8 million appropriation in FY18 to expand education and training for the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR).
  3. Support a sustainable funding plan for a comprehensive transportation system to better support Missouri’s economic growth. With a focus of advocating on rebuilding Interstate 70.
  4. Support state funding requests for $491 million in core funding to help ensure the University can carry out their Mission.
  5. Support the Mizzou Stewardship Model by dedicating reoccurring funding of $15 million to address the backlog of renovation and repair projects totaling $748 million on the University of Missouri campus.
  6. Support funding of $53 million for the Waters Hall and plant growth facilities on the University of Missouri campus.

“It is important that we help get legislation passed that can make Columbia the model of what a business community should be,” McCormick said. “The only way we can achieve that goal is to create and even better business climate that allows for business success and growth.”

You can download the entire agenda here.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 and is a voluntary, member-supported organization of business, industrial and professional people who are dedicated to developing, promoting and maintaining a sound and healthy economic climate for Columbia. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is recognized as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce which places it as one of the top operating chambers of commerce in the country.


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