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Business Beat: June 16, 2010 June 16, 2010

Posted by kbianews in KBIA.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tours the Dana Automotive Systems Group’s parts plant in Columbia on June 15. Nixon was visiting the plant to speak with workers and the press about legislation that intends to attract the Ford Motor Company to do more business in the state. (Photo by Quint Smith, KBIA)

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon promotes the Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act, saying auto jobs will soon be a driving force in the state’s economy. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects its 2010 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. And, the Better Business Bureau branch announces a new Columbia location, just as REDI says it may open offices in the city’s downtown. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

Hear it all here.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped at a Columbia business this week to push the Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act. While touring Dana Automotive Systems Group, Nixon said auto jobs will be a driving force in Missouri’s economy in years to come. The governor says Ford and other manufacturing companies are quickly looking to expand their production and operations plants. And he’s asking Missouri to compete with other states for their business.

After sifting through many nominations, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce recently selected its 2010 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. This year’s winner – Karen Taylor – has already made recent headlines around the city as the face behind Keep Columbia Safe. The organization successfully promoted a ballot measure to allow surveillance cameras in downtown. But, Chamber of Commerce President Don Laird says her nomination was helped along by much more than just this year’s events.

Businesses and consumers in mid-Missouri will soon be able to get Better Business Bureau services a lot closer to home. The BBB announced last week that it will be opening a new branch in Columbia. Right now, the BBB serves mid-Missourians through its St. Louis offices. Officials estimate the Columbia branch will open in mid-August. Plans are underway to hire a branch manager as that date approaches.

And the BBB isn’t the only organization that’s looking for a new place to call home. Regional Economic Development Incorporated, or REDI, may move to the downtown Columbia area. The organization works with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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