When U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, visited the Farmington Regional Airport on Saturday the focus of conversation was expected to be on the “ENFORCE the Law Act” he had recently introduced in the U.S. Senate “to help ensure the executive branch faithfully executes the law.”View More from Daily Journal
It was a pleasure to spend some time with Senator Blunt and other community leaders this past Saturday, talking about issues that matter to business and our community.
Whether the chance to talk issues is directly with the Senator or with members of his staff, the responsibility to represent is one I don’t take lightly. We serve as a resource, sharing information about businesses, workforce, education, and our people, that help to shape the perspectives of our elected officials as they make decisions to represent us.
The discussion about business issues Saturday brought many things to the forefront that are affecting our businesses. Regulation. Enforcement. Policy development. I appreciate very much the Senator’s willingness to truly listen and hear the concerns.
Earlier in the week, the Senator’s staff liaison, Jennifer Hoskins, joined for our monthly membership luncheon. After, she and I took a tour of Mineral Area College’s advanced manufacturing facilities and met with some professors to discuss the workforce training that’s going on. These dynamic opportunities are helping to fill in the skills gap, the outcomes of which will shape our economy for years to come.
These types of meetings help to shape policy. They help to build relationships. Those relationships I have the privilege of forming with our elected officials are on our business’ and communities’ behalf, and I appreciate each and every one of them.