Category Archives: Legislative

Plan to Attend Salute to Missouri Legislators Jan. 24

Planning is underway for the 2018 Salute to Missouri Legislators set for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The annual reception provides opportunities for face-to-face interaction with state legislators at the beginning of the 2018 legislative session. The event is organized and sponsored by the Springfield Metro Partnership consisting of: […]
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Buy Missouri Program Announced with Public Meetings

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson announced a new program called Buy Missouri that will recognize and promote products made within the borders of Missouri while strengthening the state’s economy. Missouri has hundreds of quality products and deserve the recognition Buy Missouri will bring to them. This kind of project has never been done on this scale […]
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MDT Revises FY18 Budget After $10 million Withheld

Dan Lennon, director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, outlined how the state’s tourism marketing agency will function after $10 million – about 50% – of the organization’s budget was withheld by Gov. Eric Greitens. The impact on all MDT programs is significant: 11% of reduction: Administrative costs cut by $1.1 million largely from adjusting […]
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Organizations Issue Statement on $10 Million Withholding from MDT Budget

The Missouri Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Missouri Travel Council, along with organizations throughout the state, are working to encourage Gov. Eric Greitens to restore $10 million withheld from the Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget. In that effort, MACVB and MTC issued a statement that was sent to the governor. The statement explains […]
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Nearly Half of MDT’s Budget Slashed for FY18

Gov. Eric Greitens is withholding $10 million from the Missouri Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget. The budget that goes into effect July 1 was slated to be $20.5 million this year. The impact to the state’s tourism marketing organization remains to be seen but there is no doubt it will be devastating to MDT’s ability […]
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International Marketing Could Come to an End for Springfield

Funding for the organization that promotes the United States as a travel destination is on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s federal budget. That’s bad news for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau’s international marketing programs, said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the CVB. Eliminating Brand USA would eliminate all of Springfield’s marketing efforts to […]
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Legislative Update

The 2017 legislative session ended May 12 with a budget of $20,948,443 approved by the House and Senate for the Missouri Division of Tourism’s FY 18 budget. If Gov. Eric Greitens approves the amount, it is about $5 million less than the division’s original FY 17 budget, from which $4.5 million was later withheld. A […]
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Legislative Update

The Missouri legislature adjourns May 12 and several tourism-related issues are making their way through the House and Senate. The House approved the Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget at about $20 million as recommended by Gov. Eric Greitens, a decrease of $5 million from the current budget on top of a $3 million withholding from […]
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Legislative Breakfast set for April 19 in Jefferson City

The Springfield Metro Partnership will host the final legislative breakfast of the 2017 session from 7-8:30 a.m. April 19 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The breakfast is an opportunity to network with legislators and with local community leaders working together for common goals. Local tourism industry representatives are encouraged to attend. Cost is […]
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Lieutenant Governor Talks Tourism in Springfield

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson met with more than 20 local tourism representatives to discuss his priorities for the tourism industry and learn about their vision and concerns March 3 in Springfield. Before fielding questions and comments, Parson told the group gathered at Hotel Vandivort that funding for tourism promotion is important because the industry is […]
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