DED http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nixon comments on Mamtek hearings, MOSIRA lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-comments-mamtek-hearings-mosira-lawsuit <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a>&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;says his administration wisely handled the vetting of a Los Angeles-based company that began building an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly, then pulled out after missing its bond payment to the small northeast Missouri town.</p><p>Moberly officials told a State House committee this week that the governor&rsquo;s<a href="http://ded.mo.gov/"> Department of Economic Development </a>withheld emails from a DED consultant revealing that he could not verify whether Mamtek had a functioning plant in China.&nbsp; Nixon did not address that accusation when talking with reporters today, but he did say no taxpayer dollars went to Mamtek. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:51:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2602 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon comments on Mamtek hearings, MOSIRA lawsuit Mo. jobs chief defends review of sweetener maker http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-jobs-chief-defends-review-sweetener-maker <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://ded.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Economic Development </a>is defending its role in the Mamtek controversy, in which the town of Moberly issued $39 million in bonds to build an artificial sweetener plant which never opened.</p><p><a href="http://ded.mo.gov/Ded/Director.aspx">DED Director David Kerr</a> told the <a href="http://house.mo.gov/committeeIndividual.aspx?com=543&amp;year=2011">House&nbsp;Interim&nbsp;Committee&nbsp;on Government&nbsp;Oversight and Accountability&nbsp;</a>that his agency carefully reviewed Los Angeles-based&nbsp;Mamtek&rsquo;s request for state incentives, which were not issued &ndash; but he also said that it&rsquo;s not DED&rsquo;s role to double-check every claim made by every company seeking tax credits. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:12:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2575 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. jobs chief defends review of sweetener maker Mo. House committee begins Mamtek hearings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-begins-mamtek-hearings <p>Two days of hearings are underway at the Missouri Capitol to explore why an artificial sweetener facility in Moberly never opened and why the small town&rsquo;s bond rating took a hit.</p><p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/committeeIndividual.aspx?com=543&amp;year=2011">House Interim Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability</a> is focusing on conflicting documents over the trustworthiness of the company Mamtek. Corey Mehaffy heads the<a href="http://moberly-edc.com/"> Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation</a>. He testified that the state<a href="http://ded.mo.gov/"> Department of Economic Development </a>never shared emails with the city revealing that&nbsp;a DED official could not verify whether Mamtek had a functioning plant in China. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:41:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2570 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House committee begins Mamtek hearings