Grow Missouri has long recognized the need for government to better reflect taxpayer input.  To that end, it has launched Create a Great State, as part of a long-run, grassroots listening tour that will cover every corner of Missouri and collect opinions from families, farmers, community leaders, business owners and proud Missourians who all want to protect the vitality of the American Dream.

Designed to awaken the consciences of likeminded Missourians who also reject the status quo and refuse to settle for mediocrity, Create a Great State will help build consensus and a sense that “we can do better” and ultimately will result in the construction of a roadmap to a successful future.  Organizers will conduct roundtables, interviews, hold rallies and host concerts – all under a giant Skyship that will accompany the tour throughout its first phase.

Throughout the next 100 days, Grow Missouri will reach at least 100,000 taxpayers, collecting more than 100 ideas to make our state great, identifying at least $100 million in wasted state taxpayer dollars, such as no-bid school bond contracts and tax subsidies.  Grow Missouri will collect the stories and catalogue input from those who create jobs, strengthen our schools and lead our communities.  Grow Missouri will then communicate those ideas to statewide leaders into 2015 so that we can expect more from our state government.

The 100/100/100/100 strategy is fueled by the urgency to act before the beginning of Gov. Nixon’s next budget/session because 100 ideas represent a lot of potential.

Ultimately Grow Missouri intends to create an accessible conduit for Missourians to share their ideas on how to improve our state and connect with Missouri families who want to keep the American Dream alive for future generations.

We will seek input from small business owners who shoulder the responsibility of having to make payrolls upon which so many working families depend; farmers, who are grappling with ways to stay current and compete with other farmers in some neighboring states that have far more attractive tax climates; and a host of other Missourians, all of whom want to see the Show Me State thrive and grow and compete on a level playing field with other states.