Government Relations Update

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kristiwyattCountdown to Leadership Exchange
The Chamber is down to the wire on preparations for the 7th annual Leadership to another great American City beginning Sunday through Tuesday. This year’s trip is to Denver where a group of 110 civic leaders will interact with Denver leaders and hear firsthand their story of growth, economic vitality and regional cooperation. I’ll be blogging from Denver so if would like timely reports on what we’re learning in Denver, check out the blog beginning next Sunday evening.

Zooming across Missouri
What if you could board a train in Kansas City in the morning and reach St. Louis in time for a lunch meeting? Sounds good, doesn’t it? MODot officials are hoping that such a trip could soon become a reality if they are able to secure federal funds for improvements on the existing Amtrak line.

The federal High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program is part of the Obama Administration’s federal stimulus plan, and it would allow for infrastructure improvements along the line that would increase train travel to 85 mph between St. Louis, raise the amount of daily trains between the cities to six, and have an over 90% on-time service. The Chamber recently has written a letter of support for the project and will continue to press for high speed rail service across Missouri.

Cap and Trade
With the U.S. Congress back from summer recess, the two issues on policy makers minds include health care reform and the climate change bill. How do you feel about cap and trade? What about climate change legislation? We’d be interested in knowing how these issue would impact your business.

Environmental Socializing
The Chamber’s annual Environment Reception is coming up on Wednesday, September 23rd at Boulevard Brewery at 5:00. If you have an interesting in attending, call Taylor Haynes at 816-374-5464. This is a huge gathering of the who’s-who in the environmental industry in the area, including officials of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. EPA Region 7.

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