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By Jennifer Chrisman, NEMR Marketing and Sales Manager
More than 200 community, government, and business leaders were in Jefferson City for the annual Great Northwest Day held February 7 & 8, 2023 at the Missouri State Capitol. NEMR’s Michele Gillespie, General Manager, and Jennifer Chrisman, Marketing and Sales Manager, attended the event.
“I was amazed by the number of Senators and Representatives who stopped by the Sullivan County booth,” said Chrisman. “We got to meet face-to-face with several Legislators, elected officials, and county business leaders.”
The delegation was introduced on the House and Senate Floors and attended a luncheon where the guest speaker was Missouri’s Governor, Mike Parson.
The Great Northwest Priorities Panel held a roundtable and spoke on the groups 2023 Legislative priorities: Infrastructure (including Broadband), Education, Workforce (including Childcare), and Housing.
“Reliable internet with symmetrical speeds of at least 100/100 Mbps is needed in all our rural communities for education, commerce, healthcare, and agriculture,” said Gillespie.
The Great Northwest Day exists as a cooperative effort by northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance our region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.” For more than 20 years, citizens from 19 counties in Northwest Missouri have taken part in the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol event.
“I met a lunch lady, a Dog Breeder, a School Board President, and dozens of state and county elected officials, plus I grabbed a selfie with a couple of important people,” said Chrisman.