“The Missouri business community needs to come together,” says Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Right now, Missourian’s business owners don’t believe that politics will fix the problems. We all need to come together to create a statewide plan to get Missouri business back on track.”
Ted Abernathy, a national economic strategist who founded Economic Leadership LLC and who helped lead the Missouri 2030 project, says it makes sense for the business community to take ownership of job creation.
“We’re not in the position in the world today where we want government to grow our jobs,” Abernathy says. “We want our businesses to grow jobs, so if you’re trying to seed an environment where the businesses can be successful, you have to ask the businesses, you have to listen to what they say, and then you have to take action to make your environment better.”
The Missouri 2030 plan is proposing several steps to help galvanize the business community and establish leadership of the state’s economic future:
- Unify the business agenda.
- Develop new studies to target strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
- Continue extensive, annual statewide employer issue polls.
- Continue to hold strategic planning sessions with the Missouri Chamber Federation, a network of the state’s strongest chambers of commerce.
- Continue to hold strategic planning sessions with the state’s top CEOs.
- Conduct in-depth opposition research, tracking, and reporting.
- Invest in communications and strategies to improve Missouri’s business image.