Missouri’s governor, the first lady, several state officials and a bipartisan group of Missouri lawmakers are wrapping up a trade mission to the United Kingdom and to Ireland.
The trade mission is promoting Missouri as an ideal business location. Governor Mike Parson (R) says the U.K. and Ireland are key trade partners for Missouri, with $354-million and $130-million in exports in 2021, respectively. Chemicals were a top export to both nations.
The governor says his overseas trade mission highlights the importance of international trade to Missouri’s economic success. The nonprofit Hawthorn Foundation is funding the trade mission.
The governor is being joined by four state lawmakers: State Sens. Elaine Gannon (R-DeSoto) and Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), and State Reps. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) and Donna Baringer (D-St. Louis).
State Department of Agriculture (MDA) director Chris Chinn of northeast Missouri’s Clarence is also on the trip. Acting state Department of Economic Development director Maggie Kost is also on the trade mission.