CATEGORY News

Apprenticeship grant trains 1,500 workers for high-demand tech jobs

July 12, 2022

An innovative program spearheaded by the Missouri Chamber Foundation is helping the workforce keep pace with fast growth in the tech industry. Since its inception in 2020, the Missouri Chamber […]

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Senate committee considers “Earning Safe Reentry Through Work Act”

April 27, 2022

In today’s tight labor market, more employers are turning to alternative talent pools to fill jobs — including justice-involved individuals. Keeping a job has been shown to greatly reduce recidivism. […]

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Childcare crisis: Senate votes to help parents re-enter workforce

April 27, 2022

With Missouri’s childcare shortage costing the state an estimated $1.35 billion, lawmakers are continuing to advance an innovative budget proposal to help parents re-enter the workforce. The budget passed by […]

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Hitting 95 percent of pre-pandemic employment levels, Missouri is a leading state in economic recovery

April 21, 2022

Missouri has recovered more than 95 percent of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Missouri Chamber’s latest quarterly economic report. Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic […]

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Helping Missouri students explore local career opportunities

April 14, 2022

Legislation that would help Missouri students explore career opportunities in their communities continues to make progress in the General Assembly. On April 12 a Senate Committee heard testimony on a […]

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April 22: STEM Signing Day in Missouri

April 13, 2022

On April 22, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will recognize 20 outstanding students from across the state as they sign letters of intent to study science, technology, engineering […]

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House addresses Missouri’s childcare crisis

April 07, 2022

As Missouri businesses struggle to find workers, it’s becoming clear that the state’s growing childcare crisis is at the center of the problem. Many Missouri parents want to work but […]

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School credit for on-the-job learning

March 25, 2022

As businesses across Missouri continue to confront a workforce shortage, a Missouri Senate bill seeks to help by giving students an opportunity to earn credit from work experience. The Extended […]

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Lt. Gov. Kehoe working to address Missouri’s $1.35 billion childcare gap

March 04, 2022

Following a recent report illustrating the lack of childcare in Missouri, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe has launched a new effort to address the problem. In November, the Untapped Potential study […]

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Senate approves critical workforce bill

March 04, 2022

A bill passed by the Missouri Senate is aimed at helping employers confront a growing talent shortage. Senate Bill 672 would expand and extend Missouri’s innovative Fast Track Workforce Incentive […]

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Health Care Career Day success

March 03, 2022

A statewide event intended to help Missouri confront a critical shortage of health care professionals received an enthusiastic response. The virtual Health Care Career Day event was hosted by the […]

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Senate makes progress on workforce priorities

February 17, 2022

The first bill perfected in the Missouri Senate this year is a key workforce priority for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On Feb. 16, Senators gave first round […]

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House begins discussion on Fast Track extension

February 10, 2022

With Missouri employers confronting a growing talent shortage, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is arguing that now is not the time to let an innovative workforce training program […]

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Missouri House committees get down to business on workforce

February 03, 2022

Amid a labor shortage exacerbated by the pandemic, Missouri House committees are working quickly to make progress on policies that will help educate and train Missouri workers for in-demand jobs. […]

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Reforming the unemployment system to get Missourians back to work

February 03, 2022

With labor shortages being reported across Missouri, a state Senate committee is considering legislation to get unemployed Missourians back into the workforce. A recent poll by the Missouri Chamber of […]

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Bill would give Missouri adults chance to earn high school diploma, open door to more job opportunities

January 27, 2022

A new adult workforce diploma program could become part of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s toolbox with a bill proposed by Rep. Jon Patterson. A House committee […]

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Bill would help employers upskill existing workers

January 27, 2022

A Missouri Senate committee is considering an innovative idea that would empower businesses with new ways to upskill their existing workers. Under Senate Bill 760, the state would help employers […]

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Extending and expanding Fast Track scholarship opportunities to get adults back into school for in-demand skills

January 13, 2022

It’s never too late to earn a degree, but some adults simply can’t afford it. That changed for many Missourians thanks to the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. Championed by […]

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Statewide Survey: Drugs impact 70% of Missouri employers

December 09, 2021

A new statewide survey illustrates a growing substance use disorder problem in Missouri workplaces, highlighting the need for a new focus on proactive policy and employer programs. The survey reveals […]

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New law will boost apprenticeship in Missouri

July 14, 2021

The Missouri MOST 529 education savings plan has long been a vital tool that has helped Missourians save for higher education expenses. But a new law signed by Gov. Mike Parson will […]

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Show-Me Careers coming to St. Louis, KC, Cape Girardeau

June 10, 2021

Show-Me Careers, one of the Missouri Chamber’s many workforce development efforts to expand educator and student career awareness, is growing this summer. Led by Missouri Chamber Vice President of Education […]

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Senate unanimously passes bill to expand apprenticeship access

March 12, 2021

A bill the Missouri Senate passed unanimously this week would align Missouri’s 529 college savings plan rules with federal law that was recently changed to allow these accounts to pay […]

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Bolstering Missouri’s apprenticeship career pathways

March 05, 2021

Despite high unemployment numbers during the pandemic, many Missouri employers still lack candidates with the right skills. As our state seeks to grow its economy and recover from the impacts […]

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Tweak to 529 savings plans could boost apprenticeship

February 02, 2021

The Missouri MOST 529 education savings plan has long been a vital tool that has helped Missourians save for higher education expenses. A bill being considered by a Missouri Senate […]

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