We’re seeing some positive news from the State Department of Economic Development. Missouri has registered a score of 60.4 for July in Creighton University’s Purchasing Managers’ index. Department Spokesman Jim Grebing says this is another indication that our economy is gaining strength. He says any score above 50 indicates a state’s economy is expanding. July was Missouri’s 18th consecutive month with a score above 50. The PMI measures such key economic indicators as new orders, production,supplier delivery times, backlogs, inventories, prices, employment, import orders, and exports.