Thursday, September 25, 2008

Macon Declared State Capital for a Day

MACON - As part of his ongoing effort to make state government more responsive and accessible for the people of Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt today proclaimed the city of Macon as Missouri’s Capital for a Day, offering one-on-one and personalized access to state government.

“Capital for a Day makes state government more responsive and accessible to Missourians by bringing state government right to their doors,” Gov. Blunt said. “Capital for a Day is a great opportunity for Missourians to get up close with their state government, and for state officials to meet with Missouri families to hear their needs and concerns.”

Gov. Matt Blunt brought his cabinet and senior staff to Macon to assist with constituent services and meet with Missourians. While in Macon the governor is holding office hours at the Macon County Courthouse to visit with citizens and will make stops at various locations in the area. Cabinet officials and representatives from each department of state government are also on hand throughout the afternoon to answer questions and provide assistance.

Capital for a Day gives Missourians an opportunity for one-on-one, personalized government service in their hometown. Some of the state government’s highest officials including Gov. Blunt will be in the city, available to Missourians to answer questions, listen to ideas and visit about state services. State agencies will also hold office hours throughout the afternoon. By bringing state government directly to the people of Macon, local citizens will have even greater access to officials and agencies who can offer assistance.

While in Macon, the governor will discuss new economic development assistance for the city, tour a local manufacturing business, visit a drug court session and meet with students in a junior high chemistry class.

Macon is Gov. Blunt’s seventh and smallest Capital for a Day. On May 22, Gov. Blunt proclaimed Branson as Capital for a Day. On April 11 Gov. Blunt proclaimed St. Charles as Capital for a Day. On March 14 Gov. Blunt proclaimed Carthage as Capital for a Day; on February 1, the governor proclaimed Farmington as Capital for a Day; on December 5, the governor named Liberty as Capital for a Day; and on October 2, the governor named Sedalia as Missouri’s first Capital for a Day.
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