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Missouri Gov. Parson to Kick Off March 2 NEBA Meeting

March 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will address the Northland Education and Business Alliance at their March 2 meeting in Pleasant Valley.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will headline the March 2 meeting of the Northland Business and Education Alliance.

Gov. Parson, who has made workforce development a cornerstone for his current term, will join the March session which will be held in the newly opened KC Tech Academy in Pleasant Valley, and via Zoom videoconferencing. Both NEBA and the Academy are involved in the EDC’s work to improve workforce development in order to increase job opportunities and expand business growth. The EDC helped found NEBA over 10 years ago and expansion of the academy is one of the EDC’s Big 4 strategic initiative targets.

Gov. Parson recorded a message for NEBA’s Nov. 18 virtual career fair, which drew more than 2,500 students from the Northland and throughout Greater Kansas City. He was so impressed by NEBA’s workforce efforts, he asked to address the group directly at their March meeting.

“He was just really impressed with what we’ve done and wants to meet,” explained David Slater, executive Director of the Clay County Economic Development Council, a NEBA affiliate. “I think part of it is that he wants to give you a ‘job well done.’” Slater noted that workforce development is one of Gov. Parson’s priorities.

NEBA Co-chair Brian Noller said the March 2 meeting will be held at the KC Tech Academy, which moved to the former Early Childhood Education Center in Pleasant Valley Feb. 1. A capital campaign is under way to raise funds for a world-class facility in Liberty.

The March 2 meeting will be held before a limited, socially distanced audience at the academy and via Zoom videoconferencing. EDC members and members of the public are invited to the Zoom conference. To register for the Zoom videoconference, visit this link.

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