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Chamber President & JCPS Superintendent discuss upcoming Bond Levy Proposal
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 I recently had a chance to discuss the proposed Bond and Levy Proposal with Dr. Larry Linthacum, Superintendent of the Jefferson City public schools. Here are some of the key issues of concern to the Jefferson City Area

Preparing today's students for the workforce
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 In the October 2016 edition of Chamber Today I wrote about the newly created Workforce Action Team that was formed after our April Board Retreat. This Action Team, consisting of workforce development professionals and a

Chamber continues to focus on business outreach
Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 The Chamber’s Small Business Committee addresses issues relevant to the business community by conducting training under the umbrella of the Tuesday Topic seminar series. In addition, the Chamber continues its work to

Two Chamber initiatives gain ground in 2016
Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 As a part of the 2016 Economic Development Work Plan created a year ago with the Chamber-City-County partnership, two initiatives were proposed to further the economic potential in #JCMO. Considerable progress on each

Workforce Action Team Gets Started
Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 Finding and hiring employees with the necessary skill set has become increasingly challenging for Cole County employers in the last several years. The issue has surfaced during meetings with President’s Roundtable

Cole County receives ACT Work Ready Communities Certification
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Chamber staff was recently recognized at the 4th Annual ACT Workforce Symposium in Nashville, TN, where they received ACT Work Ready Certification. The symposium, “Advancing Innovative Communities” convened

Study provides valuable data about local labor pool
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Mike Walker, Assistant Director, Docking Institute of Public Affairs, presented the Labor Study findings to the Chamber Board of Directors in July.Mike WalkImagine you’re about to make a large investment in a

Successful Summer for Jeff City START
Published: Monday, August 15, 2016 It has been another successful summer for the Jeff City START program. In the five years of this program a record of over 60 interns registered for the kick-off event, JC-101. This event highlighted various aspects of

Site Selectors Gather at the Lake
Published: Thursday, August 11, 2016 Missy Bonnot Recently I had the great opportunity to attend “Lakeside with the Locators”, an event featuring site selection consultants who work site selection projects for companies looking to expand or locate

Gov. Nixon celebrates Cole County earning Certified Work Ready Community status; announces expansion by local business that is expected to create 50 new jobs
Published: Monday, August 8, 2016 National designation from ACT will help community retain jobs and create new ones, including positions soon to be created by Modern Litho Print Co. Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today was at Modern Litho Print

Jefferson City ranks high among small cities for new businesses
Published: Thursday, July 21, 2016 Finance website WalletHub recently ranked Jefferson City as the fourth-best small city in the United States for starting a new business, behind Holland, Michigan; North Chicago, Illinois, and Brighton, New York. Read the

Chamber hosts luncheon for Mandela Washington Fellowship
Published: Monday, July 11, 2016 The Chamber was privileged to host a luncheon for the Fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are attending an academic and leadership institute at Lincoln University

President's Roundtable connects industry leaders
Published: Friday, July 1, 2016 You may have seen periodic references to the President’s Roundtable Committee in past Chamber Today publications. What is the President’s Roundtable and more so, what is its purpose? The President’s

State Tech awarded $2.7 million federal grant
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Linn MO – State Technical College of Missouri has announced it has received a $2.7 million federal grant from the United States Department of Labor as part of the national TechHire Initiative. The grant will fund the

Chamber commissions Labor Study
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Because of the current situation of challenges in the workforce, much of the conversation at the recent Chamber Board of Directors Retreat revolved around labor. Jefferson City, like many other communities is experiencing a

Chamber Board addresses workforce issues
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 The most productive time of year for the Chamber board is gathering together at the annual retreat. There are no committee reports, no bylaw changes to approve, and no Robert’s Rules of Order to adhere to (which I will

Chamber Board authorizes workforce action team
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 "From available data, it appears that of the 2016 graduates from county high schools, approximately 25% plan to go directly into the workforce in lieu of the military or higher education opportunities." Crisis in the

Special Olympics Missouri receives $1 million challenge grant for Training for Life Campus
Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 The Chamber was pleased to participate in a press conference held by Special Olympics Missouri for the purpose of announcing receipt of a $1 million challenge grant for Training for Life Campus to be built in Jefferson City.

Business Attraction: The Ever-Changing Game
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 The world of Business Attraction has always been a changing game but particularly in the last 10 years. With the help of the internet, companies can now find information on their own and the process has become more

Business Expansion Activity Continues in Jefferson City Area
Published: Monday, May 2, 2016 Expansion activity brought investment and job creation to our community in 2015 as a result of continued growth from a handful of well established companies within our community. The Chamber’s existing business

Summarizing the Chamber's Economic Development ROI
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2016 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2015 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the 8th Annual Report

Chamber Board endorses Proposition A - the extension of the Cole County half-cent capital improvements sales tax
Published: Sunday, March 27, 2016 At its March 22, 2016, meeting, the Chamber Board gave unanimous support for Proposition A on the April 5th ballot - the extension of the Cole County 1/2 cent capital improvements sales tax. The motion of support is as

Chamber hosts regional economic update
Published: Monday, March 7, 2016 Charles Gascon, Regional Economist & coordinator in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, was the presenter at a luncheon hosted by the Chamber February 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The

Goal in sight for certification
Published: Thursday, February 18, 2016 Representatives from State Technical College, the Missouri Career Center, Jefferson City Public Schools and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce say Cole County needs a way to quantify a skilled workforce in our area.

Leveraging our assets to defend our local economy
Published: Friday, February 12, 2016 "We need high paying jobs, but we must create and attract workforce that is able to fill those needs! There is no one answer for economic growth in Jefferson City. The question is multiple choice and the answer is all of

Local Unemployment Rate Continues Its Decline
Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 For all the novice economists that follow the U.S., state and local unemployment news, you have obviously noticed a steady decline in all three areas since 2010. The overall economy has been slow to recover since the great

Making Economic Development Plans for 2016
Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 As you might be aware the local economic development efforts are executed by many partners. The primary stakeholders are the City of Jefferson, Cole County and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce. For several

Bonnot Meets with Site Selectors in New York and New Jersey
Published: Friday, December 11, 2015 Every business knows that to generate sales you have to have good salesmen out marketing, doing business development and telling your story to increase your bottom line. The same thing holds true for our community! Whether

Connecting to the island and the river
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 What should we do to connect to one of our greatest resources? Should we ignore it in the face of barriers created 150 years ago? What would it look like if we were able to get across the river? These are questions that have

VOTE for Jefferson City - Strong Communities Award
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Jefferson City, MO- The community effort to bring Continental Commercial Products (CCP) to Jefferson City in 2015 is receiving national recognition. Jefferson City is one of four cities competing in the rural category for

Economic Development Team Partnerships
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2015 Jefferson City is a great community and we offer many great amenities to our residents and to our visitors. One thing we have that most people can’t visually see is a great Economic Development Team. The Chamber

A follow-up on the "Great Abate Debate"
Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 The News Tribune ran a lengthy article in the July edition of #JCMO magazine on the status of Economic Development Incentives used in Jefferson City and Cole County to attract new business and to incentivize the growth of

Looking Back to Look Ahead
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 “We believe total wages are the most significant measure of economic health. More wages in a community promotes and stimulates nearly all areas growth. More wages to spend on goods, services which in turn provide

Local employers & educational institutions take part in Hiring Fair at Fort Leonard Wood
Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 Cole County’s unemployment rate typically hovers around 5% and with low rates employers are always looking for creative ways to find and hire good talent. In fact, in April the unemployment rate for Cole County dipped

Chamber hosts MoDOT commissioners and staff
Published: Friday, June 5, 2015 A record crowd gathered at The Millbottom for the Chamber’s Annual MoDOT Reception and Dinner held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. This event is a unique opportunity for Jefferson City to strengthen relationships with the

Chamber's contract with City and County is cost effective
Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2014 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the 8th Annual Report

Business Attraction - a year in review
Published: Monday, April 20, 2015 At a recent project announcement Senator Kehoe was discussing Business Attraction. He used the analogy that to attract a company to a community you have to kiss a lot of frogs and turn over a lot of rocks. In 2014, we

Business expansion activity accelerates in 2014
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Expansion activity brings investment and creates jobs, but far too often the Chamber’s continuous efforts to facilitate existing business growth is overshadowed by the desire to attract that new business to our

Continental Commercial Products coming to Jefferson City!
Published: Monday, April 13, 2015 April 1 was a big day in Jefferson City and it wasn’t an April Fool Joke when the Chamber announced a new company locating to our community! There has been quite a bit of information about this new company in the

Continental Commercial Products locating to Jefferson City, Missouri
Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 To view the press conference, click here Jefferson City, MO - The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce announced today Continental Commercial Products (CCP) will be relocating their manufacturing facility to Jefferson

Special Olympics Missouri to build Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 The Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to enter into an agreement with Jefferson City officials to locate the 44,000 sq. foot Training for Life Campus on the 15.5 acres donated by

Regional Economic Development vital to business attraction
Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 The Chamber contracts with the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole to provide economic development activities. As part of the functions we perform, one of the most challenging, for a variety of reasons, includes

Work continues on Certified Work Ready Communities
Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Local representatives from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, State Technical College of Missouri, Jefferson City Public Schools – Nichols Career Center and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce have

STC provides a myriad of economic benefits
Published: Monday, December 15, 2014 In the fall of 1961, the Linn Technical Junior College offered its first program in electronics. That same institution is now called the State Technical College of Missouri (STC), and offers more than 35 technical programs

Command Web celebrates 20 years in Jefferson City
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014 There’s a printing company located on the eastern edge of Jefferson City, just off of Militia Drive, that you may have never heard of - Command Web Missouri. Even their name is a little vague as to who they are and

"Persistence" key to business attraction
Published: Monday, November 17, 2014 “Persistence is the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult.” (Merriam-Webster) I recently had the great opportunity to speak to a local

MISSION: POSSIBLE
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 The New St. Mary’s hospital is a sight to behold. Graceful lines and eye-catching colors are complemented by lush landscaping, and a myriad of details has been put in place with an eye toward patient outcomes. The

Chamber hosts career fair for DST Systems employees
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 DST Systems, Inc., a global provider of technology-based solutions, recently announced its decision to close their Jefferson City office located in the Monroe Bluffs Executive Center on December 31 of this year. The closure

Focusing on GROWTH
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Growth ensures long-term vitality and resilience. Entrepreneurship can be nurtured through an ecosystem of resources that support the commercialization of new ideas. Business Growth is a primary focus of the Chamber and

Reacting Proactively
Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Although the words “reacting” and “proactive” are not often used in the same thought, there are times when our immediate reaction leads to proactive responses and problem-solving. On a daily basis,

Morris Converting soon to open in Partnership Business Park
Published: Sunday, October 19, 2014 Have you heard about a company located in Jefferson City called Morris Converting? Many people haven’t! It has been over a year ago that Morris Converting, a subsidiary of Morris Packaging, selected Jefferson City as

Chamber staff reaches out to Cole County Municipalities
Published: Sunday, September 28, 2014 As part of the Economic Development contract with the County of Cole to perform economic development services, the Chamber has been meeting with city council/alderman in municipalities in Cole County. The municipalities

Civic Progress Committee provides financial support for economic development issues
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 One question that has been posed recently is “Does the Chamber use tax dollars to promote ballot issues?” Though the simple answer is “no”, you may also wonder “What is the revenue source for

Join the Innovation Campus Program!
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 Applications are being accepted for Central Missouri Innovation Campus Program! Do you know someone that is enrolling or currently attending Lincoln University or State Technical College of Missouri and majoring in

Information Technology Roundtable addresses increasing need for IT professionals
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 When you hear the phase “Information Technology” (IT) your first thought is perhaps Google, IBM or maybe even Apple Inc. but could you name three information technology companies located in Jefferson City? I

Lincoln University is vital to area's economy
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 When members of the 62nd and 65th colored infantries established what was then known as the Lincoln Institute in 1866, it probably would have been difficult to visualize just how important the institution they founded would

BIS Idea advances to Chamber Board
Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 What does it take to have an idea move from dream to reality? Have you heard of Big Idea Sharing (BIS)? Late last year the Chamber rolled out a mechanism in which the community would have a way to voice and submit

Investment in transportation pays dividends
Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 A few months ago, we profiled a survey from Area Development magazine which indicated that transportation accessibility is foremost in the minds of those who are considering an expansion or relocation. "It's well-known in

Chamber endorses transportation funding & county zoning
Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 Chamber endorses transportation funding and county zoning There are several issues on the August ballot this year. I hope you will take the time to study these and get out and vote! The Chamber’s Board of Directors

County Zoning Proposal worth strong consideration
Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 Cole County is in the process of hosting public hearings on the proposed plan to implement a zoning regulation process for the unincorporated areas of the county. I attended two of the three hearings held so far to hear the

Encouraging entrepreneurship for our future
Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 What is an entrepreneur? Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” This explanation seems simple enough, but outside of

Quality workforce becoming increasingly important to business attraction
Published: Monday, May 26, 2014 Recently I participated in a marketing trip to Chicago with the Missouri Partnership, the state’s business recruitment organization and a key economic development partner for communities. During this trip we met with

Great Legislative Session for the Jefferson City area
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 The 2014 Legislative Session is now over and it was a very positive one for our community. The Chamber participated in discussions with the legislature this session and supported many proposals that will affect Jefferson

Transportation critical to economic development
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 It is often said that economic development and transportation go hand in hand. As the Missouri Legislature considers sending the question of additional transportation funding to voters, it is worth revisiting the topic.

Chamber hosts MoDOT commissioners and staff at the new St. Mary's Health Center
Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 MoDOT Commissioner Greg Smith and MoDOT staff Eric Schroeter and Pamela Harlan discuss transportation issues at the new St. Mary's Health Center. A record crowd gathered at the new St. Mary’s Health Center for the

MoDOT Reception scheduled for May 13
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Pictured: Bob Gilbert, 2013 Transportation Committee Chair with the MoDOT Commission Plans are underway for this year’s MoDOT Reception and Presentation. These are annual events at which Jefferson City area

Chamber outlines use of resources for economic development
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development staff recently presented the 2013 Economic Development Annual Report to the City of Jefferson and the County of Cole. This report is the seventh Annual Report

Temperate business expansion activity continues in 2013
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 The Chamber’s existing business program continues to work closely with local employers to identify expansion opportunities for sustainable job growth. Existing business growth at several local companies added capital

Jefferson City area hits a homerun
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Many times when we talk about Business Attraction we talk about baseball, and this time of year certainly seems appropriate for that! The process of business attraction is a bit like a baseball game. You have

Staring into the abyss of transportation funding
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 In 1913, the State Highway Department was created by the Missouri Legislature, because the legislature recognized how important transportation infrastructure is to our state's economic well-being. Seven short years later, a

CORE hosts Central Missouri Manufacturers
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Manufacturing is a very large part of the Central Missouri area employing thousands of highly skilled people with a high wage rate. Recently Missouri CORE hosted an Executive Roundtable of the top officials in the

New Task Force created to provide support and analysis for repurposing of St. Mary's campus
Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 It is common for Chambers of Commerce to write letters of support to legislators to encourage passing legislation that benefits their community. In December, the Chamber’s Board wrote letters of support to our local

What do our local legislators say about the issues?
Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 The following questions regarding four legislative and budget issues were asked of our local legislators. We thank Senator Mike Keheo and Representatives Jay Barnes and Mike Bernskoetter, for their thoughtful responses.

State legislation and budget policies impact local economy
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 State legislation and budget policy impact us locally in Jefferson City and Cole County just as the legislation affects cities and counties state-wide; however, there are some issues such as state employee pay increases that

Redevelopment of St. Mary's and LU Annex ... the perfect storm
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 The governor announced at a press conference on January 20, that he would be asking the legislature to appropriate $10m to acquire and repurpose a portion of the current St. Mary's hospital for Lincoln University to relocate

Ideas are coming in - undergoing review
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Several months ago we rolled out a mechanism in which the community would have a way to voice and submit community and economic development ideas for the Jefferson City area. We created a place on our website entitled Have

RR Donnelley Closure - Four Months Later
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 The unfortunate news began with a slow trickle of unconfirmed reports on several social media outlets on morning of August 1st, 2013, and by mid-morning the rumors were confirmed – RR Donnelley would be closing their

Partnership Business Park site receives certification
Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 An 80-acre parcel of land on Jefferson City’s eastern border is now one of 19 sites in Missouri that can boast Missouri Certified Site status. The property is located just off of Militia Drive on the former Leon

Share your big ideas for our community
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Have you ever said to your friends, “Jefferson City ‘needs to do’ this or Jefferson City really ‘should do’ that?” Are your friends and family tired of listening to your ideas at every

"Small" describes the vast majority of companies
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 What is a small business? The definition of “small” used by the Small Business Administration (SBA) can vary according to the industry in which a company is engaged or what its level of sales may be. The Office

Pitch Event for Entrepreneurs Sat. Oct. 19
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Calling all entrepreneurs! PITCH your business idea and have an opportunity to earn a portion of the $5,000 start-up prize money. "Pitch It & Win It" Saturday, October 19th 9:00-11:30 a.m. Capital Event

Morris Converting selects Jefferson City for new manufacturing facility
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 Morris Converting, a subsidiary of Morris Packaging, has selected Jefferson City as the location to build a new 32,000 square foot facility. The company specializes in creating packaging for the food industry and will

Press Release: Chamber Sells Industrial Site
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 Chamber Sells Industrial Site to New Business in the Partnership Business Park The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce recently completed a purchase agreement for the sale of 9.16 acres in the Partnership Business Park,

New BIS Team to provide avenue for submitting community ideas
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 Have you ever said to your friends, Jefferson City “needs to” this or Jefferson City really “should do” that? Are your friends and family tired of listening to your ideas at every social gathering?

Central Missouri Innovation Campus program applications available
Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 Some people have the opportunity to kick back a little during the summer and take advantage of the slower pace, but not the education partners with Central Missouri Innovation Campus (CMIC). Many hours of hard work took

Chamber board creates model for "Big Idea Sharing" - invites community to participate
Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 Janet Weckenborg Gregg Bexten Co-Chairs, Initiatives Task Force The Chamber’s mission is featured front and center in the Board room and serves to remind the Board of its leadership role….to promote

Education beyond high school pays
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 As noted in this month's Chamber Today, the Chamber is working with Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College to build the framework of the Central Missouri Innovation Campus (CMIC). CMIC is an initiative which is

Information Technology - an economic driver
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 When you think of Information Technology employment and where most of these (IT) jobs are located in the United States, your first thoughts are probably San Jose (Silicon Valley), Boston or maybe New York City. Even though

Picking up the pieces - assisting a displaced workforce
Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 In the past several months, my articles have focused on celebrating all that is good in our community and why I love to call Jefferson City “home.” I asked you to share with me what you love about Jefferson City

President's Roundtable connects industry leaders
Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 You may have seen periodic references to the President’s Roundtable Committee in past Chamber Today publications and wondered, "what is the President’s Roundtable and more so, what is its purpose?" The

Small companies are abundant in Jefferson City MSA
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Each year, the Census Bureau releases a data series called County Business Patterns. These statistics, compiled from Census Bureau reports and administrative records from other federal agencies, provide a snapshot of an

Site certification essential to economic development
Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 Many decades ago our Chamber leaders had the foresight to understand the Chamber must have an inventory of property available in order to attract business and industry to Jefferson City. In the 1950’s it was cutting

Defeat of HB398 (ISRS) causes concern for future of utility infrastructure
Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 There are a handful of the same questions that companies ask me when they are looking to locate to our community such as “Do you have an available and skilled workforce?”, “Tell me about your higher

State employee pay raise impacts local economy
Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 During the recent legislative session, legislation was approved to increase state employee pay in Jefferson City/Cole County and across the state of Missouri by $500 for all state employees effective January 1, 2014.

Historic preservation tax credits vital to redevelopment
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 When the dust settled on this year’s legislative session on May 17th, 164 bills had been “Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed”, which is legislative-speak for a bill having made its way through both

New legislation creates Missouri Works Program
Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 Missouri’s lawmakers, working in concert with state and local economic development agencies, recently passed House Bill 184, sponsored by Representative Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia), which modifies provisions related to

Capital Region Medical Center Announces Medical Center Expansion
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) proudly announces construction of a 115,000 square foot expansion of the medical center’s campus on 1125 Madison Street. This will consolidate many specialty physician services

"Buying Local" impacts our economy
Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Taxable sales figures are often used as an indication of the health and growth of an area’s economy. In 2012, Missouri’s taxable sales grew at a 2.9% clip, from $74.9 billion dollars in 2011 to $77.2 billion in

Articulation Agreement Improves Access to Higher Education
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 May 15, 2013 - Presidents of Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College signed an articulation agreement today to show their shared commitment to increasing opportunities for students to access and succeed in higher

IT business partners leading the way
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 On a hot August day last year, Governor Nixon held a press conference at Lincoln University to announce that our community was receiving $1 million dollars to establish the Central Missouri Innovation Campus (CMIC) program.

Determining "return on investment" - measuring economic development efforts
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 In the April edition of Chamber TODAY we discussed different aspects of our 2012 Economic Development Annual Report. This report quantified some of the results and successes the City, County, and Chamber economic development

Chamber hosts reception for MoDOT
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 A record crowd gathered at the Carl Noren Access along the Missouri River for the Chamber’s Annual MoDOT Reception held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. This event is a unique opportunity for Jefferson City to strengthen

Redevelopment continues momentum
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Most of the time, community development is about looking forward and putting the Chamber's strategic plan into action. However, it’s helpful to occasionally take a quick glance back to see just how far we’ve

Local payroll numbers rise due to 2012 expansion activity
Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 The Chamber’s existing business program continues to work with local employers to identify expansion opportunities for sustainable job growth. Since 2007, when the Chamber substantially increased its emphasis on

Keeping our eye on the ball - business attraction
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 It seems as though winter just won’t end this year but spring is definitely in the air! When I think of spring, one of the first thoughts I have, besides Reese’s peanut butter eggs, is baseball! I come from a

Chamber resources leverage economic development activities
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce economic development staff is presenting its 2012 economic development annual report to the City and County this month. In fact, when you read this article, the report to the City

It's not just about location
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 While development has always been about location, location, location….a very close second is now workforce, workforce, workforce! Universities and higher education systems across the country are taking much more

Partnerships are key to Work Ready Communities
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Representatives from Linn State Technical College, the Missouri Career Center, Jefferson City Public Schools and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce say Cole County needs a way to quantify a skilled workforce in our

Central Bank to add 25 new positions in Jefferson City in 2013
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 Central Bank has announced the addition of at least 25 new staff positions at their Jefferson City operations during 2013. These new positions will be phased in throughout the year and provide the potential for lifelong

Is Internet sales tax legislation needed?
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 In a 1992 decision, Quill v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retailers are exempt from collecting sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, such as a store, office, or warehouse. Although

What does a 2% state employee pay increase mean to our community?
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes a 2% pay raise for all state employees. Governor Nixon knows that state employees must be adequately compensated, especially now that duties have shifted and employees

Chamber Board to consider Medicaid Expansion resolution
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will consider a position on the recommendation of the Governor and a bill before the legislature to implement a federal option to join an expansion of the

Transportation funding takes center stage
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Transportation systems play a vital role in the lives of Cole County residents, and the highway, rail, river and air assets are critical to economidevelopment prospects. Our transportation infrastructure safely and

Fifth State Bonds in the Future?
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 House Joint Resolution (HJR) 14, a bill filed in the legislature, would authorize the sale of $950 million of State Bonds to provide funding for capital improvements for State facilities. This legislation would provide for a

Lafayette Street interchange planning underway
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 The Lafayette Street Interchange Advisory group is made up of community stakeholders and serves as a sounding board to MoDOT as the planning process moves toward its culmination. “At this point in the project,

Ports are shining example of efficiency
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Usually when community and local leaders talk about transportation, planes, trains and automobiles dominate the discussion. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned quite as often is the importance of waterways. Why are

Transportation improvements essential to economic development
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Continued economic growth and commerce is dependent on continuous improvement to our transportation systems. Rivers, railroads, airports and highways are all infrastructures essential to moving people and products. We at

TDDs - What are they and how do they work?
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 What is a TDD? A Transportation Development District (TDD) is an independent political subdivision organized to levy taxes or assessments to pay for the construction of roads, parking facilities or other

Educational attainment drives earnings
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 What drives growth in a local economy? The truth is, there are many factors which are necessary to grow an economy: efficient transportation networks, an excellent quality of life, and an educated workforce, to name a just

Making good decisions on Economic Development incentives
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 Does Jefferson City have the right tools and incentives in place if a new opportunity or expanding company knocks on our door? Do we have the right resources necessary for a quick and appropriate response? In the last

Economic Development Metrics
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 There are approximately 15,000 economic development organizations (EDOs) in the United States today operating to increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of their local communities. Most of these organizations receive some,

Alpla and Unilever to expand
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 Unilever has announced plans to increase the capacity of its Jefferson City based Home and Personal Care facility. As a result, Unilever-JC will generate a local investment of approximately $23.28 million and create 61 new

CORE area is a workforce magnet
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 As Economic Development Director Missy Bonnot noted elsewhere in Chamber Today, taking a regional approach in economic development offers many benefits. In our continued analysis of the local economy via our economic

Missouri CORE uses cooperative approach to economic development
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 As economic development strategies evolve to keep pace with the ever-changing economy, local E.D. entities are partnering to address regional economic development efforts. Regional economic development is no longer a

Reactors, airports, and all things regional
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 Reactors, airports, and all things regional It was not so long ago that we in Jefferson City and Cole County were only viewing our economic development strategy inside our own borders. In recent times we have learned that

Mediacom Newsleaders features Mark Mehmert, Community Development Manager
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Mark Mehmert, Community Development Manager, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce was recently interviewed on Mediacom's NewsLeaders program. Watch his interview here:

CMIC - the real work has begun
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 This past May, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College applied for the Innovation Campus Grant through the Missouri Department of Economic

Jefferson City's manufacturers boost employment 22.6%
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 The Chamber recently partnered with The Growth Services Group, a nationally recognized workforce and economic research company known for its primary and secondary research experience. This partnership has produced an area

New Demographic Profile unveiled
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 Every two years the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development team updates the demographic profile for the Jefferson City area. The profile is a snapshot of the assets and amenities our community has

Why are demographics important?
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Most people are familiar with the term “demographics” and understand that it refers to the characteristics of the population in a given area such as gender, age, race, household income, employment status level of education,

Jefferson City MSA highly ranked by Area Development Magazine
Published: Friday, August 17, 2012 The Jefferson City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was ranked 39th overall as one of the “100 Leading Locations for 2012” by Area Development magazine in its August 2012 report and was ranked 16th among small cities.

Creating a new vision - Central Missouri Innovation Campus
Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 We have all heard the stories before; a student graduates from a four year institution with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and is having a very difficult time getting job interviews, let alone a real job offer. Some

JCHS Career Path Academies & Business Partners Getting Started
Published: Friday, August 10, 2012 More than 40 major businesses, higher education representatives and state government departments met with JCHS Academy staff to begin developing partnerships. Eventually this relationship will lead to business mentoring,

The double-edged sword of jobs and automation
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 The word is used in daily news publications and on regular basis by political leaders and many across the nation – “Jobs”. Whether you live in a metro area or small town, everyone is concerned with adding jobs to their

Chamber Economic Development staff meet with site selection experts
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Site Selectors represent an estimated 60% of corporate site selection projects ranging from international supply chain analysis to local business relocations from globally known corporations to new business startups.

Business Attraction - the good news and the bad news
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Reality shows such as American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars have become a popular part of America’s culture. Each of these shows has a team of judges who assess a performance and

Encouraging entrepreneurship
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Headlines in newspapers and business magazines often make the point that “small businesses are the life blood of our economy”. In that context, Jefferson City’s economy has a lot in common with any other community striving

Plastics industry helps drive local economy
Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 In our February issue, we identified the printing industry as a strong sector in the Jefferson City area and took a look at the local companies representing that sector such as Command Web, Modern LithoPrint, and RR

Innovation Campus Grant Program - Informational Meeting May 3
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 Is your business looking to hire IT Professionals within the next 3 years? If so, this program is something you will not want to miss out on! Please join us on April 25th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Providence Bank, 300

Back to the Future
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Let’s step back to 2006, the year the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce made a conscious decision to strengthen its economic development efforts in the area of Business Retention and Expansion and Community Development.In

Economic Development – a process, not an event
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 You have heard me say it before: “Economic Development is not an event, it is a process.” Working to attract new business and industry is no different. It takes months and sometimes years to cultivate a lead and see it

Chamber updates city, county and board on 2011 economic development progress
Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 The Chamber economic development staff presented the 2011 economic development annual report to the Mayor and City Council on Monday, March 26, to the Chamber Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 27 and to the County

Existing Businesses - the Rodney Dangerfield of Economic Development
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a distinctive tag line: “I don’t get no respect!” For some reason, existing businesses seem to be the Rodney Dangerfield of Economic Development. Despite local existing businesses adding at

Business Recruitment: no longer business as usual
Published: Friday, March 9, 2012 ”What new is coming to Jefferson City?” is a question asked of me at least once each week - usually from a mom or dad striking up a conversation while we’re watching our kids play ball. From there, the conversation

Chamber receives two excellence awards from MEDC
Published: Friday, February 10, 2012 The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce received two awards from the Missouri Economic Development Council. The Award of Excellence was for the Jefferson City, MO community profile, “Your Business, Our Focus” in the

Continued Growth at Modine Manufacturing Demands Additional Space
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Continued growth is the theme at Modine Manufacturing which specialized in thermal management systems and components for heavy duty vehicles, off-highway and industrial equipment for the agriculture and construction

DED awards $62,007 in Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax credits to Jefferson City business
Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010 JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced approval of state tax credits for a Jefferson City business under the Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) program to assist in the creation of

Cole County receives Enhanced Enterprise Zone Designation
Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 In 2008, the Jefferson City Chamber began to examine the benefits of designating qualifying areas within Jefferson City and Cole County as an Enhanced Enterprise Zone. In April of this year, the Chamber embarked on the

Fortune Small Business Magazine ranks Jefferson City among top places to launch a business
Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 “Jefferson City has been a great place for me to start a business because it’s family-oriented, and it’s a great size for my type of company,” said Brandon Kelley, owner/pastry chef at BK Bakery which opened in August of

Missouri Moves Up in National Business Rankings
Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 CNBC recently announced America's Top States for Business in 2009, ranking Missouri 4th in cost of business and 5th in cost of living. In addition, the state ranks 6th in transportation based on the value of goods shipped by

Enhanced Enterprised Zone
Published: Thursday, July 9, 2009 Over the past year, the Chamber has been working diligently to educate local leaders on the benefits of an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) to new and expanding companies. In May 2009 the Incentive Task Force Committee, which

What does 100 manufacturing jobs mean for Jefferson City?
Published: Monday, March 16, 2009 Nothing moves the development of a community forward like having many well paying jobs available in the area. Job growth is the foundation for continued economic prosperity in Jefferson City as well as for the rest of

IT firm Huber & Associates expands in Jefferson City, DED announces JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) will join Huber & Associates, a Jefferson City-based information technology company, to celebrate an expansion of the company’s

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