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Jan. 10, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Nixon on Jobs

Missouri's governor is previewing next week's state-of-the-state speech by saying job creation will be his top priority the next 12 months.

Jay Nixon visited the Houston Poly-Tank Manufacturing Plant in Hopkins yesterday afternoon announcing his "Missouri Works" strategy. Nixon wants to expand exports from Missouri businesses to China, Southeast Asia, and South America, as well as create rural jobs and attract more automotive suppliers to the show-me-state. He's calling for an immediate 4 million dollars in state funding toward high-tech companies in bio-sciences, information technology, financial services and transportation industries. The governor says the target areas are a compilation from 600 economic developers and business owners across the state.

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Nixon says because his package deals with job creation, he's very optimistic the Republican-led General Assembly will sign on for funding it in the next several months.