Location Profile: Missouri's East Central Region
The East Central region, situated just to the north and west of St. Louis, offers a diverse and rapidly expanding workforce. A large percentage of those employed here work in manufacturing for such well-known companies as Saf-Holland, Bodine Aluminum (a Toyota subsidiary), Tyson Foods, and Porta-King Building Systems.
The counties that make up the East Central region - Montgomery, Warren, and Lincoln- are experiencing some of the fastest growth in the state. In just the past five years, the populations of Lincoln and Warren Counties grew by 28.7% and 21% respectively, making them the second and third fastest growth counties in Missouri.
Sandwiched between Columbia and St. Louis, the region attracts people and companies with its low cost of living, abundant and a ordable land and small-town lifestyle complete with easy access to the two metros.
The East Central region is centered on Interstate 70. Kansas City, Topeka, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Dayton are all within a day's drive. The region is bordered by two major rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. It is also served by Lambert International Airport just an hour away. With a dozen industrial parks and large sites with heavy power and rail, East Central Missouri is poised to grow substantially in the years ahead.
East Central Missouri Development Association
P.O. Box 429
Warrenton, MO 63383