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Missouri Gov. Parson is traveling to Europe for a commerce trip later this week

 Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks to reporters outside his office in the state Capitol
photo courtesy of the Missouri Governor’s Office
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks to reporters outside his office in the state Capitol

The Governor's office targeted existing Missouri trade partners Sweden and Germany with hopes of expanding their presence.

Later this week, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife Teresa will embark on a two-country, European trade mission. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Parson is scheduled to be on the week-long trip this Friday, traveling to Sweden and Germany for an international Trade Mission. According to a press release, both countries are key trade partners for Missouri, with more than $29 million and nearly $680 million in exports in 2022.

The Trade Mission will include stops in Stockholm, Sweden, and Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Germany, to meet with government officials, diplomats, and business leaders to promote Missouri as a prime destination for business investment and expansion. Governor Parson will meet with company representatives with existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investments in the state and companies without a presence in Missouri to encourage them to consider Missouri for future investments.

The nearly $710 million in goods exported to Sweden and Germany in 2022 show the importance of international trade to the state’s economic success. The Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization, is funding the Parson’s trip. For 89 9 KRPS News, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

For updates on the trip, follow @GovMikeParson on Facebook and @GovParsonMO on Twitter.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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