WHEREAS, the people of Missouri
have a vision about the future of our state--a vision of a
future that is bright and positive, one which provides opportunities
for every Missourian; and
WHEREAS, state government has
a responsibility to work in partnership with the private sector
to foster the economic growth necessary to provide these opportunities,
and to stimulate development of the human resources necessary
to take full advantage of these new opportunities; and
WHEREAS, the crucial planning
necessary to meet the challenges facing our state requires
a coordinated, cooperative effort embracing all aspects of
our state; and
WHEREAS, our people can benefit
best from a planning forum that brings together Missourians
from all walks of life to identify appropriate goals for the
year 2000 and to suggest the strategies necessary for achievement
of these goals.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOIN ASHCROFT,
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the powers
in me vested by the Constitution and Laws of the State of
Missouri, do hereby create and establish the Missouri Opportunity
I hereby charge the Missouri
Opportunity 2000 Commission with the task of exploring the
role and contribution of economic development, education,
health, and quality of life, as each of these areas relates
to the fulfillment of Missourians' expectations and aspirations
about the future of our state.
The Commission shall fully
recognize and emphasize the leadership role of the private
sector in fulfilling the aspirations of Missouri citizens.
It shall work to promote improvement in, and better coordination
of, private efforts that contribute to the fulfillment of
those aspirations, and it shall study the proper role of government
in support of those private efforts. The Commission shall
give special emphasis to studying job opportunities and training
for those who are chronically unemployed; for those who cannot
find meaningful employment because of physical , mental or
educational handicaps; and for those who may become unemployed
due to changes in technology or sociological shifts in the
industrial or economic base of our state.
The Commission shall consist
of thirty (30) individuals appointed by the Governor. The
Governor shall designate two (2) of the members to act as
Cochairmen of the Commission. All members of the Commission
shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Members of the Commission shall
receive no compensation for their service to the people of
Missouri, but may seek reimbursement of their reasonable and
necessary expenses incurred as members of the Commission,
in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Office
The Commission is assigned
for administrative purposes to the Office of the Secretary
of State. The Secretary of State or his designee shall be
available to assist the Commission as necessary, and shall
provide the Commission with any staff assistance the Commission
may require from time to time. All Departments of Missouri
state government are directed to cooperate with the Commission,
and shall provide such assistance to the Commission as it
shall from time to time request.
The University of Missouri
shall act as fiscal agent for the Commission. Through the
University of Missouri, and consistent with procedures established
by it, the Commission may accept gifts and donations of resources,
which shall be devoted, solely to the purposes of the Commission,
and expended only with the Commission 5 approval. Through
the University, the Commission is authorized to enter into
contracts with public or private entities for the purpose
of receiving federal funds which may be spent for its purposes
as outlined herein.
The Missouri Opportunity 2000
Commission shall meet at the call of its Chairmen, and the
chairmen shall call a meeting as soon as possible. The Commission
shall produce a plan outlining the steps it intends to take
to implement its charge outlined herein.
|| 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 18th
day of December, 1985.
||[John Ashcroft's signature]
[Roy D. Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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