Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank made a trip to her home state of Missouri and Kansas this week, touting local ventures as signs of a U.S. economic rebound and models for the rest of the country.
While in Kansas City on Tuesday, Blank toured the Industrial Training Center at the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.. Blank pointed to the partnership between the college and BNSF Railroad as a model for how industry can work with colleges to meet workforce training needs.
In Columbia, Blank visited Environmental Dynamics International, which develops technology for waste water treatment. EDI recently received an award from the Commerce Department for excellence in exporting.
In St. Louis on Wednesday, Blank visited several manufacturing sites. She held up Wilco Die-Tool-Machine Inc. in Maryland Heights as an example of a company bringing jobs back to America from abroad (sometimes called “insourcing” or “reshoring”), according to CBS Local in St. Louis.
As CBS reports:
“Over the last two-and-a-half years manufacturing growth has been one of the real bright spots in the economy,” Blank said. “Missouri alone has gained nearly nine-thousand manufacturing jobs.”