• Illinois Public Affairs Network Addresses Safety and Security in the Region

    Mar 02, 2017

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted the Illinois Public Affairs Network meeting on Friday, February 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville, Illinois.  Alonzo Byrd, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. addressed the audience about his role and company priorities at Enterprise for 2017. Byrd discussed topics from efforts to stop discriminatory rental car taxes to the sharing economy and how autonomous vehicles impact car rentals.   Enterprise has grown to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive car rental provider.

    Lt. Mike Hundelt, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, shared how they use multiple layers of security to ensure that all Metro passengers and operators stay safe. St. Clair County and uniformed police officers patrol Metro property and provide additional security and visibility throughout the system.  Undercover police officers are also used to monitor MetroLink and MetroBus services. Lt. Hundelt informed the group that crime is down in St. Clair County and encouraged members to consider MetroLink when commuting to and from the city.

    The IPAN meeting ended with a legislative update by Kevin Riggs, Managing Director of Dentons’ Public Law practice.

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    Alonzo Byrd addresses the IPAN attendees as Lt. Mike Hundelt looks on
  • Missouri Public Affairs Network hears from new Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

    Feb 14, 2017

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted a Missouri Public Affairs Network meeting on Friday, February 10th. Those in attendance heard from newly inaugurated Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft about his transition to statewide office and his priorities for 2017. The meeting started with Network members discussing their legislative priorities.

    Secretary Ashcroft gave remarks for about 20 minutes before taking questions. Ashcroft indicated that several of the priorities mentioned by network members were problems he heard from Missourians across the state during his campaign. Highest on that list was Missouri’s regulatory system, which Ashcroft said “is killing out state’s small businesses.” Moving forward, Ashcroft hopes to use his office to “get government out of the way” of the state’s entrepreneurs in order to “create opportunity for everyone in Missouri.” He acknowledged these reforms must include drastic changes at the national level including reigning in federal regulation.

    Ashcroft also spoke about continued momentum on important issues at the state level including Right to Work and tax reform, and highlighted the important role Missouri’s community colleges and public libraries play in building stronger communities. He finished by mentioning his office’s work implementing the state’s new Voter ID law. Following his remarks, attendees asked questions about state government modernization and the upcoming priorities of the Missouri legislature.

    Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft speaks to MOPAN members at the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft speaks to MOPAN members at the St. Louis Regional Chamber