Chamber Legislative Preview 2020


Reid Health, Lingle Grand Hall
1100 Reid Parkway
Richmond, Indiana 47374

The Chamber Legislative Preview 2020 with special guests, Ryan Gleason of the US Chamber and Jason Bearce of the Indiana Chamber.

This preview will focus on state and national issues including workforce development, education and infrastructure along with general updates from both the US Chamber and the Indiana Chamber.

Date: December 11th, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Lingle Hall, Reid Heath 1100 Reid Pkwy, Richmond, IN

Tickets are $15 per person. RSVP by December 6th, here is the link to Eventbrite.

1. USMCA – Where it is at, and where (we hope) it’s going.
2. Workforce Development/Higher Education
3. Infrastructure
4. General Federal Update – How was 2019, and what do we hope for in 2020?


Ryan Gleason

Manager, Congressional and Public Affairs, Great Lakes Region

Ryan Gleason is Manager of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber’s Great Lakes Regional Office. To achieve the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals, Ryan cultivates and maintains legislative, political, media and grassroots resources throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Ryan helps lead the U.S. Chamber’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with Members of Congress through member businesses, associations, and local and state chambers of commerce across the region.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber in October 2019, Ryan spent five years working in Washington, D.C. He first started working in federal affairs for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and representing Illinois at the federal level. Most recently, Ryan worked at a government affairs firm advising clients, primarily Fortune 500 companies and trade associations, on education, financial services, energy, taxation, and tech issues. Ryan originally got his start working in the Illinois House of Representatives, working for Deputy Minority Leader Patti Bellock.

Meanwhile, Ryan has worked on a number of local, state, and federal campaigns, including two successful gubernatorial campaigns in Illinois and Missouri in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Ryan is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, double-majoring in Economics and Political Science. Aside from his time in Washington, D.C., Ryan has been a lifelong resident of Illinois and currently resides in Chicago.


Jason Bearce

Vice President, Education and Workforce Development

Jason joined the Indiana Chamber in September 2018. In addition to his lobbying duties at the Statehouse, he will coordinate the Indiana Chamber’s newly-created Institute for Workforce Excellence and serve as the management liaison with the board of Indiana INTERNnet, the statewide resource for internship opportunities.

Jason previously held senior leadership positions at the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE); he most recently held the title of senior associate commissioner at CHE.

Jason has contributed to the state’s significant education policy changes during his career. Among the efforts: establishing high school graduation pathways aligned with the state’s workforce needs, reforming Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program to increase college completion and career readiness, and launching Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his MBA from WGU Indiana. His involvement in the community has included serving as the board president for an Indianapolis charter school and a mentor through Starfish Initiative.

Tickets are $15 per person. RSVP by December 6th, here is the link to Eventbrite.