Governor: Rural businesses helping to grow workforce

Gov. Jay Nixon spoke Friday at Burgers’ Smokehouse in California about Missouri Works, his comprehensive strategy to create opportunities for Missourians in the new economy.

Gov. Jay Nixon spoke Friday at Burgers’ Smokehouse in California about Missouri Works, his comprehensive strategy to create opportunities for Missourians in the new economy. Photo by David Wilson.

CALIFORNIA, Mo. — Rural job creators like Burgers’ Smokehouse are part of the reason Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in three years, Gov. Jay Nixon told employees of the business Friday.

“Burgers’ Smokehouse is an outstanding example of the type of success entrepreneurs and businesses can achieve in rural Missouri,” Gov. Nixon said as he outlined the Missouri Works strategy.

“My number one priority for 2012 is to create jobs and keep moving our economy forward,” said Nixon. “Missouri Works provides several specific steps we can take right now to bring new employers to Missouri; help existing businesses grow; and create more jobs and career opportunities for folks across the state.

The major points of the program, he said, are to: grow more auto supplier jobs in Missouri, sell more Missouri-made goods overseas, prepare more workers for high-tech careers, train and hire more veterans, jump start innovation in science and technology, target high-growth industries and create jobs in rural communities.

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