Governor heads to Italy on a trade mission

From May 18 – 25, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Italy for an international Trade Mission. Italy is a top source of foreign direct investment and a key trade partner for Missouri, with more than $169 million in exports in 2023. Consistent with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the Trade Mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong capacity for trade. Governor Parson will meet with various government officials, diplomats, and business leaders to promote Missouri as a prime destination for business investment and expansion. “Given the importance of international trade to our economy, we’re excited to again promote Missouri as an ideal business location,” Governor Parson said. “Italy is home to several leading companies that have already invested in our state while growing and creating jobs for Missourians. We look forward to thanking Italian business leaders for their partnerships while demonstrating to others that our state has what it takes to support their success.”