Missouri Chamber, Gov. Mike Parson reveal statewide, business-led focus on crime

Missouri’s business community is calling for action on crime.

Today, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed the groundbreaking Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri strategy.

“Crime is hurting Missouri’s economy. It’s impacting businesses large and small in communities of all sizes. It’s hurting our ability to attract business investment. In some cases, crime is driving jobs out of the state,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Businesses are united. This is a crisis that must be addressed now. We know that many problems need to be handled locally, but statewide policy must be deployed as well.”

The Missouri Chamber Foundation spent months consulting with business leaders, public safety experts and community organizers on the creation of the plan. The strategy is supported by Gov. Mike Parson, who joined the Missouri Chamber in calling for action.

“As a former Sheriff, public safety will always be a top priority for our administration. With the support of the Missouri Chamber, our state’s business community, and our law enforcement professionals, we are ready to put good ideas to work to combat crime in our state,” said Gov. Mike Parson. “It’s incredibly powerful to see the business community uniting around ways to solve our crime problem with the Safer Missouri, Stronger Missouri initiative. We are excited to work with the Missouri Chamber to move forward with this statewide approach that’s focused on fighting violent crime, supporting law enforcement, and making our communities safer.”