(LEE’S SUMMIT) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson visited Cass and Jackson counties on Thursday to discuss economic development and skilled workforce. The Lieutenant Governor spoke with members of the Cass County Corporation for Economic Development, toured Saint Luke’s East Hospital, visited the future sight of the Missouri Innovation Campus, received a briefing on the Paragon Star complex, and attended a reception hosted by the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.

“Economic development is key to creating more jobs in Missouri,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “I am pleased to see communities like the ones in Cass and Jackson County working to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure and education systems, and look forward to see projects like the Missouri Innovation Campus and Paragon Star be completed. These projects will create hundreds of new jobs and help prepare the next generation of skilled workers,” Parson said.

“We enjoyed our afternoon with Lieutenant Governor Parson and discussing with him a variety of economic development activities in Cass County and Lee’s Summit,” said William Brown, Cass County Corporation for Economic Development Executive Director and Immediate Past Chair of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.  “He is well versed in the topic and has a great grasp of the issues and what it takes to make our communities and the State of Missouri more competitive with competing states for desired jobs and economic growth,” Brown said.