Missouri Governor Parson Embarks on First Trade Mission, Travels to Europe to Attract New Business to Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Yesterday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson embarked on his first Trade Mission to Europe to engage with leaders and attract new business to Missouri.  The Governor will make several stops in France, Germany, and Switzerland over the course of the trip.

Building on Governor Parson’s workforce and economic development priorities, the goals of the Trade Mission are to communicate to an international audience all that Missouri has to offer and encourage new investment in the state.

“International trade and investment play a critical role in our state’s economy,” Governor Mike Parson said.  “We must continue to build upon our foreign relationships and promote Missouri as an ideal location for business in order to sustain economic growth and success.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson to visit Normandy American Cemetery

Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will visit the Normandy American Cemetery and honor Missouri’s fallen through a flag exchange and wreath-placing ceremony with Superintendent Scott Desjardins.

Governor to meet with French employers, promote Missouri’s economy

Governor Parson will participate in a roundtable with French CEOs to discuss concerns related to workforce development, promote Missouri’s strong business climate, and provide a glimpse into the state’s economic future.  Topics of discussion will include workforce development and infrastructure improvements, geopolitical concerns, the important role Missouri plays in the U.S. economy, and future trends.

Governor Parson will have the opportunity to meet with the Canadian and U.S. Ambassadors to France, key executives of the U.S. and Canadian Industry Associations, fellow U.S. Governors, and other national and military officials.

Governor to attend Le Bourget Paris Airshow, meet with Missouri businesses

Governor Parson will attend the Paris Airshow to meet with Missouri companies that are helping grow the state’s aerospace exports including Boeing, Leonardo DRS, and GNK Aerospace.

Governor Parson will also hold several other meetings with companies throughout the trip with existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investment in the state and encourage them to consider Missouri as an ideal location for future investment plans.

The trip is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization.