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

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (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

The Changing Geography of the American Auto Industry

Dennis Cuneo, Managing Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Advanced Industries 2014)
Where is auto production currently concentrated, and where will the industry expand in the future? More

2014 Gold Shovel Awards: Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 2014)
Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize individual states for their economic development prowess. We honor 20 states for their achievements in 2013 in garnering company investment and job creation. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
A yawning gap has developed between millions of potentially available workers and the increasingly sophisticated skills they would require to qualify for today’s generally tech-oriented jobs. More

Missouri Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Missouri's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Regional Report: Slow But Steady Economic Climb for the Midwest

 (Directory 2014)
You’re not likely to find explosive growth in the Midwest, but the region’s economy is advancing at a healthy, steady pace with strategic plans to enhance investment in place. More

A Look Back - and Ahead - at the 2013/2014 Legislative and Incentives Landscape

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Directory 2014)
From what we witnessed in 2013, we can only expect more dynamic developments in state incentive programs and a continued focus on additional transparency. More

How Certified Sites Can Expedite the Site Selection Process for Expanding Companies

Beth Mattson-Teig (Q3 / Summer 2013)
In a race to gain an edge on competing locations, more and more communities are pre-qualifying properties with readiness assessments designed to certify that a site is ready for development, saving time and money for the end user. More

MISSOURI at a glance

POPULATION: 6,010,688

LABOR FORCE: 3,070,000


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

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: 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 and over) 25.6%

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

Sales and Use Tax: 4.225 percent state rate; an additional 1.5 percent use tax for local jurisdictions; communities may adopt a local sales tax, generally ranging from 0.5 to 1 percent; counties also may adopt a sales tax ranging from 0.25 percent to 1 percent, with exemptions

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)

Quality Jobs Act (refundable job creation tax credit)

Missouri Build (refundable investment tax credits)

Missouri Customized Jobs Training grants

New Jobs Training (withholdings tax redirection)

Enhanced Enterprise Zone Tax Credits

Chapter 100 property tax abatement

Tax-exempt industrial development bonds

State Historic Tax Credit

Industrial infrastructure grants

Action Fund Loan Program

Tax increment financing

Foreign-trade zones

Rebuilding Community Tax Credits

Brownfield redevelopment tax credits

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Machinery
  • Chemicals
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliances, & Components
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products