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Frontline: Incubators Help Startups to Grow and Succeed

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)
Startup fever is exploding across America, as a slow-growth economy, corporate job cutbacks, and the work ethos and expectations of the burgeoning millennial generation reshape the business landscape. More

Regional Report: Industrial Diversification Helps Midwest Meet Today’s Economic Challenges

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)
The largely Midwest-based automotive is humming along to record sales and hauling hundreds of companies in the region along with it while technology companies have begun to warm up to the talent and work ethic that resides in America’s heartland. More

Advanced Manufacturing Changing the Economic Landscape

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)
Across the country, states and localities are working with manufacturers to create and grow outposts for advanced manufacturing. More

Joplin MO-KS-OK Region Provides Food Processors With Good Highway Access

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)
The seven-county Joplin region provides food processors with efficient access to raw materials — including wheat, corn, and cattle as well as affordable fresh water — and to more than 30 million people within a 350-mile radius.  More

Choosing the Optimal Site for an Aviation-Related Project

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)
If current trends continue, a conservative estimate reveals there will be more than 1,000 announcements of aviation-related projects in the United States over the next decade. The best location decisions will be made by project teams that not only look at the current overall costs, but also have a deep understanding of hidden site development costs, in addition to the long-term political/financial stability that a region can provide. More

Slideshow: 2014 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Area Development Special Presentation (Directory 2015)
Shown here are 12 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2014 Gold & Silver awards, which were bestowed in recognition of the states’ efforts to capture new facility and expansion projects that resulted in significant investment and job creation. All told, 20 states were recognized for their efforts. More

Regional Report: Advanced Industry Clusters Fueling Growth in the Midwest States

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
Economic growth in the Midwest was steady in 2014, thanks to solid performances by the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially transportation equipment. The economy also got a boost from the surging energy sector, led by oil-shale production in Ohio, which improved sales for supporting industries like sand, chemicals, and steel drill pipe made in Midwestern steel plants. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Lower Corporate Tax Rate Rates = Stronger Economies

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)
A state’s corporate tax rate is usually a bedrock indicator of its business-friendliness and a simple but substantial number that has a huge long-haul impact on the financial performance of a new plant or other facility. More

MISSOURI at a glance

POPULATION: 6,044,171

LABOR FORCE: 3,055,344


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, service and trade

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Automotive, advanced manufacturing, biomedical/ biotechnology, renewable energy development and systems, aviation/aerospace, information and media, financial services, professional services, warehouse/distribution, healthcare services

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25–64) 34.5%

Corporate Income Tax: 5.2 percent net effective corporate income tax rate

Sales and Use Tax: 4.225 percent state rate

Property Tax: Real property classified as commercial/industrial is assessed at 32 percent, residential at 19 percent, agricultural at 12 percent of true or fair market value; commercial and industrial real property assessed an additional county surcharge designed to replace revenues lost by tax exemption of business inventories (with exemptions)

Missouri Works Program (new program that combines Enhanced Enterprise Zone Tax Credits/Quality Jobs Act/Rebuilding Community Tax Credits/Development Tax Credit)

Missouri Build (refundable investment tax credits)

Chapter 100 property tax abatement

Brownfield redevelopment tax credits

Tax-exempt industrial development bonds

State Historic Tax Credit

Industrial infrastructure grants

Action Fund Loan Program

Tax increment financing

Foreign-trade zones

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Machinery
  • Chemicals
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliances, & Components
  • Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • Primary Metal Manufacturing
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013