Missouri task force identifies thriving industries
Kansas City Business Journal
December 1, 2010
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth task force said Wednesday that the state's fast-growing industries for the future include transportation, information technology and financial services.
Those were among seven industries targeted by Nixon's task force, also including aerospace and defense manufacturing, energy solutions, biosciences and health services.
The task force said that to enhance Missouri's economic opportunities during the next five years, the state should follow these strategic objectives:
- Attract an educated and skilled work force.
- Support local business retention and expansion efforts.
- Optimize tax, incentive and regulatory policies.
- Invest in technology.
- Promote the state to national and international markets.
- Develop foreign trade initiatives.
- Cultivate small- and minority-business entrepreneurship.
- Invest in business and community infrastructure.
"From global giants to one-room startups, every successful business has a detailed plan for growth and development," David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said in a written statement. "Missouri should not be any different."
The task force will host a set of regional forums in January to develop detailed plans to execute the objectives.