JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson started off his week with a visit to a not-for-profit for those with a disability and closed the week with a trip to Joplin to promote infrastructure.

The 57th Governor of Missouri was recognized as Statesman of the Year by the Missouri Times on Tuesday.

Missouri’s chief executive visited Boone Center, Inc. on Monday to learn about their efforts to offer a choice of employment for adults living with disabilities.

BCI is a not-for-profit organization that currently serves 250 adults living with disabilities in its two production facilities in Missouri. The facility Parson visited is BCI’s St. Peters location, a second facility is located in Moscow Mills.

Parson visits not-for-profit focused on workforce development for those with a disability

Along that line, Missouri has been selected for a mentorship program through the U.S. Department of Labor to become a Model Employer state for individuals living with disabilities. Parson made the announcement during a visit to Paraquad, the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region.

Missouri selected for federal mentorship program 

On Wednesday, Parson opened up the third The Missouri Way management training program with a speech to more than 200 leaders from across the state’s 16 executive departments. The management program supports the governor’s priority to provide State of Missouri managers, supervisors, and employees with the training and tools they need to both lead their teams better and improve how they serve the citizens of Missouri.

He launched the first-ever The Missouri Way training in August. The program is now established as an important component to the state’s back-to-basics management transformation.

Parson focuses on professional, leadership development of state employees with Missouri Way Program

He rounded out the week with a visit to Joplin where Parson highlighted his infrastructure plan the necessity of repairing roads and bridges in the state.

Throughout the week, Parson met with the Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations, and more.