The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce recently sent a delegation of local leaders to advocate for community priorities in Washington, D.C.
Since 2009, community leaders have collaborated on community priorities to send a unified message to the area's congressional delegation. Some of the priorities for this most recent visit included the Springfield rail improvements project; Illinois National Guard force structure; Springfield & Sangamon County infrastructure projects; Woodside and Iron Bridge Road; reconstruction of Archer Elevator and Hilltop roads; and Hunter Lake.
The priorities on this year’s list are long-term projects requiring advocacy and attention. Past advocacy efforts have resulted in much-needed funding in the community, including projects such as the airport entrance road which was required to meet federal requirements. Other funding helped pay for preliminary engineering and design for rail relocation projects and workforce grants.
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