Missouri Boasts Record Year for Exports (1-10-12 Ozarks First)
Missouri exported a record $14.1 billion in goods to overseas markets last year.
Governor Jay Nixon said today that figure tops the previous state record set in 2007. Nixon says he believes the state's so-called "Missouri Works" strategy could boost exports even more.
The initiative calls for creating a quote "one-stop shop" of government assistance and resources for entrepreneurs in the state who want to establish or expand their export business.
The program also will establish an International Exports Coordinator within the state Department of Agriculture and commit resources to open offices in China, Southeast Asia and South America.
News Release From Gov. Jay Nixon's Office:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that the $14.1 billion in Missouri exports in 2011 is a new state record, topping the last state record set in 2007.
"Selling more Missouri-made goods overseas means more jobs here at home," Gov. Nixon said. "I applaud the incredible work of Missouri businesses, farmers and workers for their successful efforts to increase Missouri exports to this record level."
"My administration is committed to continuing this economic progress by moving forward with the Missouri Works jobs strategy to help local businesses sell more goods, create more jobs and expand prosperity for folks in every corner of our state," Gov. Nixon said.
Continuing to increase sales of Missouri-made goods overseas is a central component of Gov. Nixon's Missouri Works careers and jobs strategy. Under Missouri Works, the state of Missouri will establish a 'one-stop shop' for Missouri entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand their export business, providing seamless assistance and resources from across state government. Missouri Works also will establish an International Exports Coordinator within the Missouri Department of Agriculture and commit resources to open Missouri export offices in China, Southeast Asia and South America.
Last October, Gov. Nixon led a delegation of more than 60 Missouri business and agricultural leaders to China to close a series of agreements to sell $4.6 billion in Missouri goods to Chinese consumers - increasing Missouri's exports to China by more than $1 billion over the next three years.
Meanwhile, Missouri's unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in three years, and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pointing to Missouri as a top state for business growth and expansion.
For more information on how Missouri businesses can increase their exports, please visit MO.gov