Missouri alters approach to international trade offices

As tensions run high about U.S. trade relationships across the globe, Missouri is changing the way it represents itself in trade offices worldwide.

Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration has eliminated contracts with representatives in 11 countries, opting instead to put the program under the umbrella of one company. The governor’s office says the arrangement will save money and allow the state to be more nimble in response to interest abroad.

Under the new contract, Missouri is establishing business hubs in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and one key metropolitan area in the U.S.

Ann Pardolas, manager of the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s international trade office, said companies won’t even notice the change.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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