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Updated May 15 with comments from Gov. Greitens — Governor Eric Greitens says the Missouri Partnership will be funded.

The business recruiting arm of the state was expected to get $2.25 million in state funding, but Missouri legislators eliminated the line item completely in the budget for next fiscal year.

Susannah Lohr | St. Louis Public Radio

Mexico purchased $2.56 billion in Missouri goods in 2016.

That’s second only to Canada, Missouri’s top export partner, which spent $5.2 billion last year.

“Exports are important for a variety of reasons, and in terms of our manufacturers it’s critical,” said Ann Pardalos, the head of the state's International Trade and Investment Office.

A part of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Pardalos’ agency works to help small manufacturers and service providers look at global markets. One way they connect businesses to international markets is through trade fairs, including the Expo Manufactura held in Monterrey, Mexico, last week.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to head to China within days as part of a delegation seeking to encourage more trade, and the creation of a cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

But the group will have to explain why the General Assembly killed an economic development package that, among other things, included tax incentives that were to demonstrate state support for the hub.