Gov. Jay Nixon today released the following statement on Missouri's significant jump from 35th to 6th in the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity for 2011:
"Missouri's dramatic jump in the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity in 2011 is another strong sign that our economy continues to turn in the right direction. From Day One, my administration has made it a priority to promote start-ups and entrepreneurial growth through initiatives like our Missouri Small-Business Loan Program, the State Small-Business Credit Initiative, our small-business support networks, and our comprehensive Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth. Under the leadership of Jason Hall, the Missouri Technology Corporation and the Missouri Department of Economic Development have also renewed their focus on helping smart entrepreneurs with big ideas turn their dreams into jobs. Just yesterday, the Department of Economic Development reported that Missouri added 2,300 jobs in February and our unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in 38 months. It's clear that our relentless focus on creating jobs and growing our economy is beginning to pay off."