Missouri Governor Mike Parson speaks at the October 12, 2021 groundbreaking ceremony for the $240-million new I-70 Rocheport bridge project (file photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

Columbia’s economic development efforts draw draw praise from Missouri’s governor

Missouri Governor Mike Parson speaks at the October 12, 2021 groundbreaking ceremony for the $240-million new I-70 Rocheport bridge project (file photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page)

Missouri’s governor says Columbia exemplifies workforce development, one of his top priorities.

“Columbia is pretty well in a fast-track. You know you’re expanding your airport, you’re bringing major companies in here. You’ve got the University (of Missouri) to build on. You see shopping centers, housing developments,” Governor Mike Parson says.

The $23-million new terminal being built at Columbia Regional Airport (COU) is expected to open this summer. Mayor Brian Treece describes the new terminal as a generational investment that will put further destinations in play.

The governor tells 939 the Eagle that he sees more growth across Columbia every time he visits.

“But it goes back to two basic fundamentals: if you don’t have the workforce to supply the demands, and if you don’t have the infrastructure in place to make people want to come here. And Columbia has figured out,” says Parson.

The governor also praises Mizzou’s $220-million NextGen Precision Health building. A primary goal of the facility is making health care more affordable.

 

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