Parson: ‘Numerous projects’ still in the works following last year’s international trade mission – The Missouri Times


What a difference a year makes. 

This time last year, Gov. Mike Parson embarked on his first international trade mission, traveling to France, Germany, and Switzerland. The week-long trip was meant to bolster Missouri as a haven for potential new businesses — and he said “numerous projects” are still in the works as a result of that expedition. 

While in Europe, Parson spent significant time at the Paris Airshow, where he and Missouri’s first lady met with Jamie McCourt, the U.S. ambassador to France; and Isabelle Hudon, the Candian ambassador to France. 

Additionally, Parson met with representatives from Boeing, the Leonard DRS CEO, the head of GKN Aerospace supplier, and a bevy of other Missouri innovators at the airshow.

Parson’s second overseas trip as governor came about a month later when he traveled to Australia. And he had planned to travel to the Middle East in March, but that trip was ultimately postponed when the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the world, including Missouri. 

But what happened as a result of that first trip? Below is a conversation between The Missouri Times (TMT) and the state’s chief executive (MP) about the European trade mission with edits made for clarity. 

TMT: Are any relationships ongoing that formed during that trip? 

MP: The primary reason for our