Nearly thirty business and community leaders met with top lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate on issues important to the Quad Cities region and economy. Meetings included: three senior policy advisors to the President, the six Members of the Quad Cities’ Congressional Delegation, Belgium Ambassador, Dirk Wouters, and top staff at the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, and the Pentagon.

Our delegation pushed for continued investment in programs that support business, workforce, community, and economic growth. Meetings focused on issues including: locating new missions at and support for the Rock Island Arsenal, continuing to invest in top infrastructure projects (such as I-80, passenger rail, and the Mississippi River lock and dams), smart regulatory reforms, and discussed the potential impact of tariffs to members in our region by advocating for trade policies that ensure access to foreign markets. 

Quad Citizens on the trip had the opportunity to continue conversations at our annual D.C. Reception attended by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack, and a wide variety of congressional and agency staff, lobbyists, and representatives from partner communities.

Dave Tallman, Government Market Section Leader for Shive-Hattery Inc. has been actively engaged with the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for years and shared his perspective on the importance of this legislative trip.

“The feedback we received from elected officials and lead agencies is invaluable,” says Tallman. “These advocacy trips provide access to information on programs, resources, and people we otherwise wouldn’t be connected to. Additionally, it’s an incredible opportunity to build relationships with our elected officials, as well as business and community leaders and talk about our shared priorities as a region.”

Advocacy never stops, and the Chamber will continue to work with federal lawmakers to enact policies that grow our economy. Thanks to all of our members who engage in our advocacy efforts, there is still time to get involved. Register for the final Illinois Legislative Luncheon of the season happening on Friday, April 16 at CityView Celebrations in Moline.

A special thank-you to our sponsors for making this year’s trip and our efforts possible!

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