The Call That Could Help Change the Fate of Missouri Jobs

8 years 7 months 4 days ago Tuesday, August 30 2011 Aug 30, 2011 Tuesday, August 30, 2011 6:16:00 AM CDT August 30, 2011 in News
By: Kylie McGivern
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JEFFERSON CITY - "Made in Missouri." Those are the words Governor Jay Nixon hopes to hear more of in the coming months. Six business leaders from across the state will discuss the importance of the bipartisan "Made in Missouri Job Package," Tuesday afternoon. 

The conference call could help impact the future of Missouri jobs. 

The jobs package's major points are: 

  • The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA)  - to generate economic growth in next-generation science and technology industries. 
  • "Compete Missouri" - cuts business regulations, Nixon said, to make economic tools more effective for employers seeking job creation. 
  • Foreign trade incentives - namely, a project called "Aerotropolis", which aims to make St. Louis Lambert Field a hub for Missouri international exports. 
  • Data centers - high-tech next-generation data center development incentives hope to create additional Information Technology  (IT) jobs. 
  • Tax credit reform - helps support these added incentives.
Governor Nixon explained the importance of the jobs package earlier this month in the St. Louis region. 
"Our 'Made in Missouri Jobs Act' will provide the economic tools needed to help cutting edge local businesses... create jobs, and continue to grow. But we must do so in a way that's fiscally responsible, by continuing to hold the line of taxes, and paying for these incentives, because here in Missouri we balance our budgets each and every year. That's why comprehensive tax credit reform is so important," Nixon said. 
Those expected to take part in the jobs package conference call are: 
  • Dan Mehan, president and CEO, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Hugh McVey, president, Missouri AFL-CIO
  • Dick Fleming, president and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association 
  • Jim Heeter, president and CEO, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jim Anderson, president, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Tracy King, vice president, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
The Made in Missouri Jobs Package is one of the key issues up for discussion at the General Assembly Special Session Tuesday, September 6th. 

"Made in Misssouri Jobs Package" Pillars from Kylie McGivern on Vimeo.

 

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