Director of Economic Development.
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Missy spoke of the tremendous support at
the bid hearing:
however, and business attraction is not the only driving force for communities. She also focuses on workforce issues such as addressing the challenges of low unemployment and building a highly skilled labor pool, attracting and retaining young talent, and also partnering with developers to attract retail to the community.
To address these challenges,
she maintains the Chamber’s online Job Board, organizes high school career and job fairs, educates businesses about the Chamber’s internship orientation program Jeff City Start, and heads up the newly-formed Retail Task Force which attracts the right retail businesses into Jefferson City and strategizes how to promote local businesses and keep our dollars in Jefferson City.
Missy is also working to bring a port to Jefferson City.
The project is still in the beginning stages, but she has been in talks with the Port Authority and neighboring businesses to get the necessary permission to begin construction of the port.