Gov. Jay Nixon will participate in a panel discussion on disaster preparedness and response sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative during a domestic trade mission to New York next week. The panel, titled "Building Global Partnerships in Disaster Preparedness and Response: Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters," will be moderated by Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief for The Economist. Joining the Governor on the panel will be Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross; Marc Pritchard, Global Brand Building Officer, Procter and Gamble; and Richard Stearns, President of World Vision.
"Through some of the most devastating natural disasters in generations, the people of Missouri have demonstrated strength and resilience that inspired the world," Gov. Nixon said. "Working together with an outstanding network of volunteer and faith-based organizations, my administration has helped communities respond and recover after floods, ice storms, droughts and tornadoes. I am very proud to represent our great state on this panel and look forward to sharing some of the lessons we've learned about how communities can better prepare for and respond to disasters."
While in New York, Gov. Nixon will conduct a number of meetings including high-level meetings with the leadership of companies that have asignificant presence in the state such as IBM, Honeywell, Kawasaki, MasterCard International and Unilever. The Governor will also again meet with the three leading independent ratings agencies - Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch - to discuss Missouri's strong fiscal position and perfect AAA credit rating.
The Governor will travel to New York on Sunday, September 22 and return to Missouri on Wednesday, September 25. Travel costs for Gov. and Mrs. Nixon will be covered by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic growth in Missouri.