Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Nixon to hold final public events as governor Thursday, Friday

(From Gov. Jay Nixon)

Gov. Jay Nixon will hold his final public events as Governor on Jan. 5-6, highlighting the values Missourians share and the priorities he has pursued from Day One: creating jobs, strengthening public schools, making college more affordable and caring for our most vulnerable citizens. Those events are scheduled for Jefferson City, St. Louis, De Soto, Strafford, Excelsior Springs and Kansas City.

On Thursday (Jan. 5) following the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Jefferson City, Gov. Nixon will hold a press availability with prayer breakfast speaker Randy Gariss, Director of the Life and Ministry Preparation Center for Ozark Christian College and former preaching minister of College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, which played a significant role following the Joplin tornado.

The Governor will then go to St. Louis, where he will join St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams for a briefing with St. Louis civic and business leaders about the progress the district has made toward full accreditation.Also in St. Louis, the Governor will visit Easter Seals Midwest to thank caregivers and therapists for working to improve the lives of children with autism.

On Friday (Jan. 6), Gov. Nixon will return to his hometown of De Soto, where he will take questions from junior high school students and discuss the importance of continuing to invest in education and strengthen local public schools.

Later in the day he will visit Strafford Senior High, in the Springfield area, to celebrate the expansion of the A+ Scholarship Program to nearly every public high school in the state – a goal the governor set during his first term that has now been achieved.

In Excelsior Springs, the Governor will visit auto supplier Magna Seating to celebrate the continued resurgence of Missouri’s auto manufacturing industry, including historic expansions by Ford, General Motors and suppliers across the state.

The Governor’s final public event as Governor will be in Kansas City, where he will thank the highly-skilled workers of UAW Local 249 and other labor unions for their role in Missouri’s continued economic recovery. In 2010, Gov. Nixon visited Local 249 to sign the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, bipartisan legislation that facilitated the revival of the state’s auto manufacturing industry.

Thursday, Jan. 5

WHAT: Press availability following Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with Pastor Randy Gariss of Joplin

WHEN: 9:15 a.m.

WHERE: Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City


WHAT: Visiting with students and discussing the progress the St. Louis Public School district has made toward full accreditation

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mason Elementary (6031 Southwest Ave. St. Louis, MO 63139)


WHAT: Thanking autism caregivers at Easter Seals Midwest

WHEN: 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Easter Seals Midwest – Autism Services Office (10176 Corporate Square Drive, Suite 150 St. Louis, MO)

Friday, Jan. 6

WHAT: Visit with students in the Governor’s hometown of De Soto

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: De Soto Junior High School (715 Amvets Dr. De Soto, MO 63020)


WHAT: Celebrating the expansion of the A+ Scholarship program to nearly every public high school in the state

WHEN: 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Strafford High School (201 W McCabe St, Strafford, MO 65757)


WHAT: Thanking workers and celebrating the continued resurgence of Missouri’s auto manufacturing industry

WHEN: 3:15 p.m.

WHERE: Magna Seating, (301 S McCleary Rd. Excelsior Springs, MO 6402)


WHAT: Thanking workers for their role in Missouri’s continued economic recovery

WHEN: 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: UAW Local 249 in Pleasant Valley, MO

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