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29 August 2011

Nolte: St. Louis RCGA Honors for Commitment to Economic Development

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just days before a special legislative session that will focus on passage of a critical economic development plan, one of the state’s leading economic development organizations will honor state Rep. Jerry Nolte, R-Gladstone, for his efforts to create jobs and attract new businesses. Nolte will be recognized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association with a Lewis and Clark Statesman Award. Nolte serves as the chairman of the House International Trade and Job Creation Committee.

“We had a good year that saw some positive steps forward that will help us keep businesses in Missouri, attract new ones and create jobs that will pay a good wage,” said Nolte. “It’s an honor to be recognized for this award but my focus is now on making the good year we’ve had into a great one by passing the economic development bill that will be discussed during the special session.”

Nolte, who also won the award last year for his success in passing the Manufacturing Jobs Act [HB2], handled several major economic development bills during the 2011 legislative session. He handled numerous bills aimed at addressing the “Fix the Six” issues identified by Missouri’s business leaders. Nolte also was the primary handler for legislation that will provide substantive tax relief to many Missouri businesses. He guided legislation through the process that will phase out Missouri’s corporate franchise tax [SB19] and end what is, in effect, double taxation on approximately 3,000 Missouri businesses.

The RCGA presents the Lewis and Clark Statesman Award annually to lawmakers who have demonstrated leadership and sustained effort in the area of economic development. The RCGA recognizes legislators who work to improve business climates, create new economic development tools and expand proven programs.

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