Missouri's exports jump by 35 percent | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri's exports jump by 35 percent

Mar 3, 2011

Missouri’s exports grew by 35 percent last year, and the state’s governor is visiting several businesses today to spread the news.

Governor Jay Nixon stopped at Volpi Foods this morning, a family-owned business on The Hill in St. Louis, which exports dry-cured Italian meats to several countries.

The Democrat says the state’s Department of Agriculture helped Volpi identify some of its markets, while the Department of Economic Development also is working to expand export opportunities.

“The department of Economic Development and their staff have really been combing the world for opportunities and we decided from day one that the borders of our state we’re not the borders of our economy,” Nixon said.

Nixon says the rise in exports was worth about $12.9 billion.

The governor says developing more export opportunities will create more jobs at home.