Then: 134th District, Missouri House of Representatives; Attorney, Aaron Sachs & Associates PC
Now: Speaker, Missouri House; Of Counsel, Kutak Rock LLP
It took just six years for Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, to rise from one of the 10 youngest members in the Missouri House to speaker. And he made history doing so, as one of the youngest ever and the first from Springfield in the role.
“A lot of that is providence,” he says. “Those opportunities are not lost on me.”
His session as speaker also marks the 100th General Assembly.
“From the opening day of session this year … we got to put the Springfield stamp on everything,” he says.
He says the House has worked on legislation surrounding workforce development, infrastructure, criminal justice reform, revenue challenges and abortion.
“When I am done with office, I can always say, while I was there I got to do something big,” he says.
When his term expires next year, he says he’ll return to practicing law at Kutak Rock. But he’s not ruling anything out.
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Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
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Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
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Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
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Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.