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Governor's conference coming to Springfield in September

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Springfield will host the 53rd Missouri Governor's Conference on Economic Development Sept. 21-23, the first time the conference has been held in the city since 2007.

The conference - with a theme this year of Empowered to Deliver - brings together state economic leaders for the purpose of discussing Missouri's economic development challenges and trends. Online registration is under way and will close Aug. 19. Click here for more information.

In an Aug. 17 news release, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the conference's keynote speakers at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center would be Peter deSilva, chief operating officer for Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp. and chairman and CEO of UMB Bank, and Steven Lipstein, president and CEO of St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare. Both will speak Sept. 22.

“We are privileged to have two of the top executives representing the banking and financial services and health care industries serving as our keynote speakers,” Nixon said in the release. “Both Mr. deSilva’s and Mr. Lipstein’s outstanding leadership at two of the state of Missouri’s most prominent institutions will make for a fascinating and informative address.”

Session topics include:
  • issues, trends and opportunities in manufacturing; energy solutions; transportation/logistics; biosciences; health sciences and services; information technology; and financial and professional services;
  • communication skills;
  • building and energy codes;
  • work force training;
  • social media and online training;
  • exporting and importing; and
  • government contracts and short-term lending.
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