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Recap of the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development

Gov. Nixon honors Missouri businesses, organizations and economic development leaders at 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development

Missouri Governor's Conference on Economic Development

Photo Credit: The State of Missouri

KANSAS CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon and Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing today recognized outstanding leaders in business, community engagement and economic development at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.

Dr. Mary Jo Gorman was presented with the Missouri Women’s Council Award of Distinction in recognition of her role as a nationally recognized innovator, leader in hospital medicine, and serial entrepreneur. Since 1991, Dr. Gorman has founded and operated four successful companies, and her extensive knowledge and dedication to healthcare has made her a pioneer in critical care medicine, ensuring that thousands of patients in the ICU receive quality care. Dr. Gorman currently serves as the Lead Managing Partner of the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator in St. Louis, one of the country’s first programs designed exclusively to help women-led businesses succeed and tackle the entrepreneur gender gap.

The Missouri Arts Council Alchemy Award was presented to the City of Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services. The OCCS was established in January 2015 to lead cultural development efforts for Kansas City, focusing on serving residents by bolstering and catalyzing arts, culture and creativity, as well as leveraging the arts as a strategy for economic development, neighborhood revitalization and cultural vitality. Using the KCMO Arts Convergence Plan as a roadmap, the OCCS has collaborated with community partners to launch the only micro-loan programs specific to artists and art businesses. These two programs have to date provided nearly $70,000 in loans to area artists and businesses in creative industries.

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