This year, 417 Magazine and Biz 417 Publisher Logan Aguirre has stepped into her new role as Chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. We spoke with Aguirre about the next 11 months and asked about her goals for the year to come.
On a defining moment since joining the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors in 2019:
At the beginning of last year, Aguirre testified in front of a committee under the Missouri House of Representatives regarding Springfield’s enabling legislation measure to help fund a convention center or tournament-grade athletic facilities. As a cheerleader for the region, Aguirre said this opportunity was an impactful moment for many reasons: “It was something that was important to me as a Chamber board member,” Aguirre says. “Also at the time, I was serving on the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau board. I love public speaking so the opportunity to do that in this kind of forum and knowing I was able to represent our region in the capitol meant a lot to me.” Aguirre testified shortly after Biz 417 published a cover story advocating for major community assets.
Since then, Aguirre’s had more opportunities to interact with the Missouri State Legislature, a part of the job she’s come to love. “The legislative exposure that I’ve been able to have on the Chamber board is not something I’d ever done in my career before,” she says. “It’s something that I’ve really learned to enjoy and respect, and I have appreciated any opportunity I’ve had to interact with our legislature.”