KANSAS CITY, Mo. - President Barack Obama will visit the Ford Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo. on Friday. Many Missouri politicians will also be in attendance including Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Governor Nixon gave the keynote address at the Kauffman Foundation on Thursday.
Before his speech, he spoke to 41 Action News Reporter Mitch Weber about the importance of Missouri to the future of the automotive industry and the jobs that could soon follow.
In January of 2009 at the height of the recession, Governor Nixon took a risk and signed the Auto Jobs Task Force, his first executive order, which he believes paid-off. That's just one of the reasons President Obama is visiting. Nixon is confident it won't end there.
"I hope that in the coming weeks and months we are able to work collaboratively with our partners in Kansas to move the entire region forward," Nixon said.
Nixon is hopeful auto suppliers will consider bringing their business to the Kansas City area, not just one side of the state line or the other.
"As we speak, we are negotiating a number of final details of other significant investments in the regional, but it all comes from having significant investments and long-term commitments by Ford in this region and then by GM on the Kansas side," Nixon said.
The governor as well as Senator Claire McCaskill will join President Obama at the Ford Plant Friday.
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