Governor Parson to Attend the 65th Annual Governor's Conference on Economic Development


 — This week, Governor Mike Parson will attend the 65th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, held September 6-8 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Presented by the Hawthorn Foundation, the conference is held each year for industry experts to share updates on the latest economic development issues, strategies, and initiatives.

“As we continue our mission to strengthen Missouri’s economy, we're pleased to join statewide partners at this year’s Governor’s Conference on Economic Development,” Governor Parson said. “This year’s conference includes a strong lineup of industry professionals who stand ready to address current issues with bold solutions. We appreciate those who work hard to provide this opportunity to share insights on critical issues facing our state.”

This year’s conference, themed Not Done Yet to build upon Governor Parson’s 2023 State of the State Address, will feature speakers representing a broad range of industries. Topics covered include work/life balance, economic development strategy, community assets, emerging technology, workforce development, industrial site development, agriculture, manufacturing, child care, and more. Former University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel will serve as the conference’s closing speaker.

Details about the 65th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, including the agenda and scheduled speakers, are available here.

About the Hawthorn Foundation

The Hawthorn Foundation exists to develop Missouri’s economy, promote the state internationally, foster connections, and build a better future. Founded in 1981 as an initiative of Governor Kit Bond, the Hawthorn Foundation supports efforts to attract new employers to Missouri while supporting the growth of existing businesses. The Hawthorn Foundation also tells Missouri’s story to global markets through international trade missions and investment opportunities. With more than 140 members, the Hawthorn Foundation brings together leaders of all backgrounds to move Missouri forward.

To learn more about the Hawthorn Foundation, visit