(Springfield, Mo.) Republican Gov. Mike Parson traveled to Springfield today to start his listening tour across the Show Me State.
Parson says this gives him a chance to hear directly from the people he represents.
The 57th Gov. of Missouri Mike Parson stopped in Springfield to meet with city officials, local leaders, and business owners to discuss the different challenges that face our communities.
"Infrastructure is going to be huge for us and workforce development. I think those will be the two priorities our administration moving forward," explains Gov. Parson.
Missouri's top executive leader outlined his vision as he and his administration focus to improve the state's infrastructure.
"Missouri's got some real opportunities especially with some things that will come down on the federal side, on the economic developmental side and we've got to be ready for that if we're going to have new businesses come into the state of Missouri."
While expressing a commitment to developing a skilled workforce, "we are going to have to step up and we're going to have to do a better job of making sure we've got the people in this state that have the skills to get into the workforce for the future."
Matt Morrow, President of Springfield's Area Chamber of Commerce, echoed those sentiments, saying the workforce development issues remain near the top of Springfield's challenges.
"One of the things that allows for us to do is really refine our focus to those two or three key high level objectives that as a state if we’ll do them and we do them well we can be fiercely competitive for jobs, business investment in ways that we haven’t been in a very long time."
Morrow added that workforce could be one of the communities biggest potential opportunities to make advances if the right steps are taken.
"We have to compete fiercely for talent for people to grow faster than as maybe our average here and to do that In a way that will us to be a magnet for business investment and job creation."
Gov. Parson will complete his tour tomorrow where he will travel to Columbia and visit four more cities.