WHEREAS, the State of Missouri recognizes the importance of serving the people of Missouri with efficient, competent, responsive and effective state government; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri State Government Review Commission was established by Executive Order 05-05 and charged with the responsibility of examining every Executive Department within our state government to identify opportunities to restructure, retool, reduce, consolidate, or eliminate state government functions in accordance with what would result in the best and most cost-effective service for Missouri citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Commission convened fifty-nine public meetings which included twelve public hearings where hundreds of Missouri citizens gave numerous hours of oral testimony and almost two-thousand pages of written testimony. The Commission considered 563 different, specific proposals that resulted in eighty-four final Commission recommendations; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri State Government Review Commission completed its duties and submitted a report detailing its recommendations; and
WHEREAS, there is a continuing need to implement the necessary recommendations offered by the Commission in order to achieve the overall goal Missouri set out to accomplish which is to improve the efficiency of state government; and
WHEREAS, the Commission recognized an opportunity to better coordinate the state's efforts to create jobs and promote economic growth in Missouri.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATT BLUNT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby create and establish the Interdepartmental Coordination Council for Job Creation and Economic Growth.
The Chairperson of the Council shall be the Director of the Department of Economic Development or his designee. The Director of each of the following Executive Departments shall designate one person to serve on the Council: Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development, Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Labor and Industrial Relations, Natural Resources, Revenue, and Transportation.
I hereby charge the Council with the duty of better coordinating the state's efforts creating jobs and supporting economic growth, including:
- Promotion of business development and marketing of Missouri products and services nationally and internationally;
- Education of Missouri's workforce to meet the needs of employers through skills, education, customized training, and workforce development;
- Use of tax credits and other economic incentives;
- Economic Development related transportation projects; and
- One-stop-shop, electronic filing of all necessary state government required information for new or expanding businesses, especially small businesses, to ease the paperwork burden on new or expanding businesses in Missouri.
The Council shall meet at the call of the Chairperson. The Council shall develop specific, quantifiable objective performance standards which accurately reflect the successful delivery of the Council's stated mission. The Council shall report their agreed upon objective performance standards to me no later than December 31, 2006.
The Council shall only call upon existing state resources to carry out its mission and shall exist at no extra cost to the state.
The Council shall first convene as soon as possible and shall expire on June 30, 2007.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 11th day of October, 2006.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State