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.
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