Morning Minutes: Alden to step down as Mizzou AD, Nixon leading mission to Cuba

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Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

MU athletic director Alden to step down in August

University of Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden announced Thursday that he will step down from his position, effective Aug. 31. Alden has served as athletic director for 17 years, the longest tenure for an MU athletic director since Don Faurot five decades ago, and he led the department through a period of seismic change as it moved from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.

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Nixon to lead agricultural trade mission to Cuba in March

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday he will lead an agricultural trade mission to Cuba from March 1-4. Representatives from the Missouri Rice Council, the Missouri Forest Products Association, the Dairy Farmers of America and the Missouri Farm Bureau will take part in the trip.

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Lane4, Kroenke Group unveil major mixed-use project in KC area

Redevelopers of a 63-acre swath of land in Overland Park, Kan., have unveiled plans to turn the area’s aging shopping centers into a mixed-use project featuring 500,000 square feet of restaurants, retail and entertainment space; 56,000 square feet of offices; and 450 luxury apartments.

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St. Louis building owners pledge to slash energy use

More than three dozen building owners in the St. Louis area have signed on to the “25 by 20” pledge, an effort to reduce energy use by 25 percent by the year 2020. Some of the region’s tallest buildings and largest employers, including Metropolitan Square, Bank of America Plaza, Express Scripts and Washington University have joined the cause.

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Could KC be poised for boost from increased foreign investment?

Political and economic uncertainty across the globe could play in Kansas City’s favor as foreign investors seek out a safe haven for investments and look beyond major U.S. metros, a Colliers International researcher told a group of business and civic leaders.

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