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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of September 16, 2019


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson kicked off the week meeting with businesses on the West Coast and rounded it out by unveiling his plan to address violent crime in St. Louis.

Monday and Tuesday saw Missouri’s chief executive in California — the state — to meet with Bay Area technology executives and promote the Show-Me States as “an ideal location for business.”

“We’re seeing a lot of activity with companies investing in Missouri that are based in Silicon Valley, and they’re relocating or expanding here because of all Missouri has to offer,” Parson said in a statement. “Our state’s technology industry continues to grow, and we look forward to exploring ways we can build upon our strengths to bring even more technology companies to the Midwest.”

The Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization, funded the trip.

Parson unveiled his plan to address violent crime in St. Louis.  On Thursday, he announced the creation of three task forces, $2 million in funding, and a partnership among other steps of immediate action.

“As governor and a former law enforcement officer for 22 years, protecting the citizens of our state is of utmost importance to my administration. We know we have a serious problem with violent crime that must be addressed,” Parson said. “After meeting with leaders and organizations at all levels over the past months, we have rolled up our sleeves, gotten to work, and identified the immediate actions we at the state level can take to help get violent criminals off our streets.”

This week Parson also: