Lieutenant Governor Calls For Push on Missouri Products
Missouri Lt. Gov. Michael L. Parson addressed the Annual Northland Joint Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport hotel.
Addressing over 300 people at the luncheon, Parson said “Buy Missouri” will brand Missouri-made products so customers can readily see the hundreds of items that are made in locally but sold under national labels. The effort will also endorse Missouri-made products to state companies and governments or universities spending tax dollars.
“I want to highlight Missouri businesses and their products,” he said. “When you walk into the grocery or hardware store, you’ll see how they are made here in Missouri. We walk past them everyday, but we don’t know it.”
Parson cited everything from nationally branded tool sets to popular food products that could see a boost in sales if local consumers knew they were produced in Missouri. He said the effort is finalizing voluntary labeling options and should be ready for launching later this fall.
Hosted by the Clay County Economic Development Council, the Platte County Economic Development Council and the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, the annual luncheon was opened by Clay County EDC Chair Elect Rebecca Hill.
The Lieutenant Governor also urged support for improvements to Missouri infrastructure, even as he acknowledged the work would cost. “If we’re going to compete, we’re going to have to pay for it,” he said. “If you want companies to come here and existing companies to expand, we’re going to have to pay for it.”
Born in Clinton, Mo., and raised on a Hickory County farm, Parson served six years in the U.S. Army before pursuing higher education at the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii. He served 12 years as Polk County sheriff prior to being elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004 from the 133rd District. He was reelected in 2006 and 2008 then, in 2011, was elected to the Missouri Senate from the 28th District.