State and Regional News

Missouri invests in meat and poultry supply chain

Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced recently the creation of the Missouri Meat & Poultry Processing Grant in an effort to quickly increase food supply chain resilience in our state. Established by the General Assembly through this year’s budget process, $20 million in CARES Act Funds will be directed to meat & poultry establishments who employ fewer than 200 people. Approved projects will aim to increase food supply resilience by increasing livestock & poultry processing capacity and promote worker safety as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

MDHEWD to host Return Strong Virtual Job Fairs to get Missourians back to work

As part of the state’s Return Strong efforts to help Missourians skill up and get back to work, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development is hosting two virtual job fairs. The first job fair will be this Wednesday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the second will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Missouri Job Centers continue public reopening, virtual services still available

Missouri Job Centers continue to open across the state to help displaced workers find meaningful employment. The Independence Job Center and Kansas City’s Northland and Full Employment Council (FEC) Job Centers opened Wednesday, July 22, by appointment only.

MSHSAA releases guidelines for return of sports and activities

    Last week, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) officially released its “Guidelines and Recommendations for Opening Sports/Activities” for the 2020-21 school year. Local school districts are now reviewing the “requirements and suggestions” on how students can safely put students back into competitions.