What’s on Missy’s Desk?

Missy Bonnot

Director of Economic Development.

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As the Director of Economic Development, Missy Bonnot, is the primary staff person responsible for business attraction. Working with site selectors and site developers, she must be ready to submit community information to them as quickly and thoroughly as possible in order for our community to remain on the list for potential locations for the site selectors’ clients. Once the company wants to take a closer look at our community, she works closely with the City and County to present our information to the potential company.
This past year, she spear-headed the efforts to bring Axium Plastics to Jefferson City, locating in the Chamber’s Spec Building creating over 100 jobs and over $30 million of capital investment in land, building and equipment. She also worked hard to bring the Special Olympics Training for Life Campus to Jefferson City.

Missy spoke of the tremendous support at
the bid hearing:

The turnout from Jefferson City Community Leaders was impressive. You could feel the overwhelming support from the Community in the room, and SOMO noticed. When they announced that Jefferson City was selected as the location for the Training for Life Campus, we felt so proud.

Economic Development
is changing,

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.