Alberta signs deal promoting job growth, barrier-free trade with Missouri

FILE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at the closing news conference of the summer meeting of Canada's premiers in St. John's on July 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

EDMONTON – Alberta and Missouri have signed an agreement to promote economic development and trade between the province and the state.

Premier Rachel Notley and Gov. Jay Nixon are promising to work together in areas such as agriculture, environmental policy and research and innovation.

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The agreement also focuses on enhancing economic development, job growth, competitiveness and barrier-free trade.

Nixon is on a four-day visit to Alberta.

Between 2010 and 2014, the province’s exports to Missouri averaged $630 million annually.

They included energy and wood products, plastics and chemicals.

“This agreement strengthens Alberta’s ties to an important trade partner,” Notley, who is also the minister of intergovernmental relations, said in a release Monday.

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