The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) will be creating a new statewide strategy for economic development. The Best in Midwest initiative will focus on helping businesses grow and create jobs and helping workers access training and acquire skills to find employment. As part of the initiative, DED will conduct a full review of its programs and structure to ensure services are aligned with the business community’s needs.
“This is a pivotal time for our state and our nation. The economy has fundamentally changed. There are new opportunities ahead, but we have to rethink our strategy to take advantage of them,” said DED Director Rob Dixon. “How we approach economic development over the next generation will mean the difference between a thriving and successful Missouri, and one that is not.”
Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was invited to serve on the advisory committee to help craft the new strategy along with other business leaders, economic development officials, workforce development and tourism professionals and legislators.
“Missouri’s business community is fully supportive of the Best in Midwest initiative, because it’s what we need to compete and win,” said Mehan. “I’m excited that DED is developing a fresh strategy.”