• St. Louis Regional Chamber Delegation Meets with Governor, General Assembly Leadership at Annual Lobby Day

    Jan 25, 2017

    A delegation of over 90 private sector executives and leaders visited Jefferson City on January 18th as part of the St. Louis Regional Day at the Capitol.  The Chamber once again joined with eight partner organizations and local chambers of commerce to discuss regional policy and legislative priorities with newly-elected Governor Greitens and leaders in both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.

    The delegation shared the Chamber’s top priorities with the Governor and General Assembly, and had the opportunity to hear from the top executive and legislative leaders about their vision for the future of business in Missouri.  The policy priorities, part of the 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity, continue the Chamber’s focus on advocating for forward-thinking economic policies that will create jobs and grow the regional St. Louis economy.   

    The Chamber’s top legislative issue for 2017 is passing a statewide Earned Income Tax Credit, which will break the cycle of poverty and grow Missouri’s economy by encouraging more individuals to enter the workforce.  EITC has strong legislative sponsors in both the House and Senate and the policy closely reflects Governor Greitens’ State of the State remarks calling for a system that lifts people out of poverty and into the middle class, based on hard work and personal responsibility.  Other priority legislative issues for Missouri include supporting local public safety initiatives, building and investing in infrastructure, ensuring competitive Missouri Technology Corporation funding, and significant tort reforms.

    In addition to meetings with Governor Greitens and his senior staff, the delegation met with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, Speaker Todd Richardson and Minority Leader Sen. Gina Walsh.  In all, the delegation met with over 50 legislators from the St. Louis region and across the state to advocate for policies that will make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work and invest for all people.


    Group photo of the St. Louis Regional Day at the Capitol delegation of more than 90 business and civic leaders that traveled to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.
     Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation and Chairman of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, introduces Governor Greitens to the delegation.
    Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation and Chairman of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, introduces Governor Greitens to the delegation.
     
    Governor Eric Greitens shares his priorities for his first year in office.  The delegation met with the Governor in his office and had an engaging conversation touching on a variety of topics.

    Sen. Bob Onder meets St. Louis delegates
    (from left) Bailey Tripp and Nelly Balley, St. Louis Regional Chamber,
    Cheryl Norton, President of Missouri American Water, Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation,
    John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis), Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Rick Sullivan, CEO of St. Louis Public Schools, Doug Sitton, President of Sitton Energy Solutions

     

    Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) speaks about his bill to establish an Earned Income Tax Credit in Missouri, SB 197, which is the top legislative priority of the St. Louis Regional Chamber in Missouri this year.
     State Treasurer Eric Schmitt meets St. Louis delegates
    (from left) State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation,
    Cheryl Norton, President of Missouri American Water,
    Kitty Rattcliffe, President of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Austin Walker, St. Louis Regional Chamber, 
    John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri
     
     Delegates 2017
    (from left) Craig Unruh, AT&T Missouri, Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), and Christine Page, Missouri American Water, at the reception.
     Gina Walsh
    (from left) Tom Campbell, Polsinelli and 
    Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D-St. Louis County) at the reception.
     Sen. Richard
    Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) addresses the delegation at lunch, sharing his insight on how this year's session will progress.
     Sen. Kehoe
    Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) speaks to the assembled
    delegation about growing up in St. Louis and the importance of transportation infrastructure.
    More STL Delegates 2017
     (from left) Kitty Rattcliffe, President of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), and Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant) at the reception.
     Group 6
    Small groups of the delegation met with members of the legislature in the afternoon. 
    (from left) Angela Tate, Behavioral Health Response, Rebecca Zoll, North County Inc, Greg Laposa, St. Louis Regional Chamber,
    Christine Page, Missouri American Water, Mary Adams, University City
    Chamber of Commerce, and Reggi Rideout, Simply Strategy

    More information on the Chamber’s policy agenda can be found on the blog. You can view additional photos from the day on the Chamber's Flickr page.

  • Chamber unveils 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity at joint Missouri and Illinois Public Affairs Network meeting

    Jan 03, 2017

    Joe Reagan, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, kicked off the joint Public Affairs Network luncheon on December 16th with an update on the Chamber’s 2017 strategy.  Joe was followed by Hart Nelson, Vice President of Public Policy at the Chamber, who went over highlights of 2016, laid out the Chamber’s 2017 policy agenda, and shared some predictions for 2017.

    The St Louis Regional Chamber advocates forward-thinking economic policies that result in a safer and more secure region, racial equity, and substantial investments in our region’s infrastructure.  The 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity has three core areas: Safety and Security, Equity and Opportunity, and Build and Invest. 

    • Safety and Security - People cannot prosper economically when they are worried about their basic safety and civil rights. Violent crime creates individual tragedies that devastate families, affects our quality of life and makes it difficult to attract and retain the talent that drives the region’s economy. 
    • Equity and Opportunity: Job creation and sustainable economic growth flourish with open, inclusive education, markets, and capital formation.  St. Louis will flourish by attracting entrepreneurs, innovative employers and talent and by embracing the demands of both entrepreneurial risk-taking and increasing economic mobility.  Public money should focus on community building and improving the fundamentals of community life.  Economic incentives should prioritize talent development and capital formation and be based on net new job growth for the bi-state region rather than shifting jobs across government boundaries. 
    • Build and Invest:  St. Louis needs significant investment in infrastructure that creates jobs, connects where people live with centers of employment and education and the broader world, ensures employers have ready access to critical utilities and freight networks and continues St. Louis’ legacy of open, high quality civic amenities.   Our needs go well beyond surface transportation, such as roads and bridges; our region needs substantial investment in transit, high-speed rail, utilities, parks and projects needed for a vibrant urban core such as competitive sports, convention, and entertainment venues.  These projects will contribute to St. Louis long-term attractiveness, create jobs for people in the near-term, and provide an opportunity for bringing new workers and enterprises into the economy.

    Read the 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity.