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Chamber organizes advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

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June 01, 2016

During the week of May 23, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce coordinated a consortium of local leaders to advocate for community priorities in Washington, D.C.
Since 2009, community leaders have collaborated on community priorities and advocated with a unified message to our congressional delegation.
This year’s priorities included:

  • The Springfield Rail Improvements Project
  • Illinois National Guard Force Structure & New Mission for the 183rd
  • Springfield & Sangamon County Infrastructure Projects
    • Multi-modal center
    • Woodside and Iron Bridge Road
    • Archer Elevator road reconstruction
    • Hilltop Road reconstruction
  • Springfield Community Policing Projects
  • Hunter Lake

As with most large projects, priorities on this year’s list are long-term projects that will take constant advocacy and attention. The coordinated federal advocacy between community leadership is an ongoing effort to improve our community’s economic base and quality of life.
Past efforts have resulted in much needed investment to our community, including funding for the airport entrance road which was required to meet Federal Homeland Security setback requirements for the 183rd Fighter Wing, a federal ear mark to begin funding preliminary engineering and design for rail relocation efforts, workforce grants, and others.
To view the full packet that was presented to our congressional delegation, their staff and federal agencies click here.

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