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Profile for Donna Porch

Donna Porch

Donna Porch
STATE SPCLST, ASOC
University of Missouri Extension - Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
4200 Little Blue Parkway, Suite 590
Independence, MO 64057
Phone: 816-666-9407
Fax: 816-666-9407
Email: porchd@missouri.edu


Areas of work

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC), a Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency grant funded program, provides technical assistance and cost share grant funding to manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition.  By assessing, identifying, prioritizing and funding opportunities for increase profits, jobs creation, and long-term financial stability; Mid-America TAAC helps manufacturers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska strengthen and solidify their competitive position and prosper in the global marketplace.

Professional background

Donna has been employed with the University of Missouri Extension & Engagement's Business and Community Program for 22 years (Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center for the most recent 5 years and Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the prior 18 years).

Currently employed as the program director of the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Donna manages a $1+ Million annual grant providing technical assistance and cost share grant funds to manufacturers to strengthen and solidify their competitive positions and prosper in the global marketplace by assessing, identifying, prioritizing, and funding opportunities for increased profits, jobs creation, and long-term financial stability.

While employed as a center director with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Donna assisted Missouri businesses win 5,861 government contracts totaling $1,159,157,933.  The Department of Defense equates this to having created or retained 23,183 Missouri jobs.