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Letter to the Editor: MSDC director responds to claim of partisanship

Friday, October 12, 2012

Marshall-Saline Development Corporation is working very hard to increase the number of jobs and improve the quality of life throughout Saline County and therefore create a better life for ourselves, our children, and future generations to come.

In order to do that, we must let the rest of the state, and indeed the world for that matter, know that we are here and that we are open for business. One way that we can achieve this is by working closely with elected officials at the city, county, state, and the federal levels of government and all candidates seeking public office.

As a nonpartisan organization, MSDC has provided tours, receptions, meet and greets, and visits with area business people and community residents for many elected officials or candidates for political offices. These include Senator David Pearce, candidate for Missouri State Senate, Jacob Turk, candidate for U.S. Representative for the 5th District of Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel and the Attorney General Chris Koster of Missouri. We have also visited with the local Pachyderm Club and the Democratic Club. We hope to also invite Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder to Saline County in the near future for a visit.

Many of the folks who have visited the county serve on important committees that provide funding for much of what we do and would like to do in the near future. Reaching out to them regardless of political party and building relationships with them and their key staffers is critical if we are going to receive our fair share of our tax dollars.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was in Marshall last week for meetings to discuss how we can work with government agencies to improve housing and education. These meetings were scheduled before the announcement of the ground breaking for the new Fitzgibbon Physician's building, which was a public event.

As Congressman Cleaver was here at Marshall-Saline Developments request, we invited him to attend the groundbreaking before he left town. As I said, our goal is to gain support from as many government officials as possible and let Missouri and the country know why Saline County is the best place to visit, work and Live.

We will continue to position Saline County as the"Diamond of Missouri."

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