Kirksville celebrated at Missouri State Capitol
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —
The City of Kirksville was front and center Tuesday in Jefferson City for Kirksville Day at the Capitol.
Every year, a number of groups make the trip south to showcase all the city has to offer.
From healthcare and economic development to higher education, a number of entities were on full display in the Capitol Rotunda.
Local State Representative Nate Walker of Kirksville, says it was great to have people from the area he represents travel to Jefferson City.
He adds that the day allows his colleagues in the Capitol to learn more about northeast Missouri.
Representatives from the City of Kirksville and Adair County also had the chance to talk one-on-one with state lawmakers.
"Lots of people are down here representing north Missouri and that's very positive," said Walker. "It's good for the whole state to understand what goes on in different parts of it."
Kirksville Regional Economic Development Incorporated (K-REDI) Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman says Kirksville Day at the Capitol is one of her favorite events of the year.
"It really gives us a chance, those in Kirksville, to come out and say all the great things that are happening - all the different entities, the different companies that come down: the city, the county, all represented. It's really a nice day for us to just showcase Kirksville."
In addition to city and county groups, A.T. Still University and Truman State University officials and students were in Jefferson City on Tuesday.
Chrisman says being in the Capitol gives many individuals a chance to talk about issues that impact their day-to-day lives.
"With the budget situation, cuts to higher ed, it's really important that we all come down and we not only make the case for higher education but for all types of funding that is important to our community."
The theme for this year's Kirksville Day at the Capitol event was "Measuring the Test of Time."
The idea was to recognize the anniversaries of the city, Truman State University and A.T. Still University.
Walker says he was pleased with the turnout of this year's Capitol showcase.
Those that came down from Kirksville say that they are already looking forward to next year's event.