JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — From the announcement of a new workforce initiative to meeting with lawmakers, from submitting written testimony to Congress to the Senate’s passage of one of his top priorities, Gov. Mike Parson had a full week.

On Tuesday, Parson visited the Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield to announce the creation of 500 new training opportunities with the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate.

“One out of four jobs in Missouri directly supports our strong manufacturing industry,” said Parson. “It is important we remain focused on building and ensuring that our workforce is prepared to meet the demands of tomorrow. Today, we recognized employers who are committed to taking the steps to ensure that workers are adequately trained and have opportunities to succeed.”

On Wednesday, he joined the ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the grand opening of Aurora Organic Dairy’s new processing facility in Columbia, Missouri.

“Aurora Organic Dairy is a great company that will ultimately bring more than 160 quality jobs to Missouri,” Parson said. “Missouri’s central location and infrastructure network are two keys to attracting and retaining good businesses here in our state. We look forward to supporting their growth for years to come.”

This week, Parson requested Congress work with Missouri to expedite the delivery of federal aid as the state recovers from recent and ongoing flooding impacts. He also urged federal agencies to refocus the conversation away from fish and wildlife issues to the more pressing matter of flood control.

He also asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return to managing the river in a manner that “clearly reflects the dominant congressionally authorized purposes of flood control and navigation.”

“If we are to ensure that the system is managed in a way that reflects the priorities of basin citizens, it is imperative that the states of the Missouri River basin have direct input and that our recommendations are given due consideration,” Parson said.

To view Parson’s Missouri River Congressional testimony submission: click here.

Missouri’s chief executive also signed the FY 2019 supplemental budget and made various appointments. He made a trip to Kansas City where he visited with Mayor Sly James.