The 45th annual Governor's Business Development Conference recently came to a close at the Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake Ozark. Creating jobs in a knowledge-based economy was the theme of this year's conference, which featured informational sessions, guest speakers and business networking opportunities.
The conference was held in conjunction with the Missouri Economic Development Council's Spring Conference. The Governor's Business Development Conference opened at that point and concluded with an awards luncheon May 30 with Gov. Bob Holden.
Holden delivered the keynote speech and presented awards to eight businesses, organizations and individuals for outstanding accomplishments in economic development. The following recipients won awards in these categories: Wyeth BioPharma, St. Louis, business expansion and attraction project; MART Corporation, St. Louis, exporter of the year; MO-SCI Corporation, Rolla, technology; Leatherwood Enterprises, Kansas City, small business; Warrenton Downtown Association, community development; Schreiber Food Inc., Clinton, innovative training/workforce development; Barbara Prasad, Jefferson City, international volunteer; and City of O'Fallon, marketer of the year.