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5 reasons Missouri is right for information technology

 

Missouri’s IT firms benefit from low operating costs, turnkey telecommunications infrastructure, and efficient access to global data markets via 2,000 miles of fiber. A treasure trove of talent, and part of the Silicon prairie, Missouri also boasts low cost and reliable energy and unique underground locations allowing for a highly secure data center location for companies. Google fiber is another draw for companies in the sector. Kansas City was the first to test the new Google fiber small business service. Missouri recently adopted new legislation, which exempts sales and utility taxes for new and expanding data centers in Missouri.

1. Low-cost, reliable energy helps information technology companies prosper.

  • Missouri's industrial electricity costs averaged 6.19 cents/kWh in 2014 – lower than the U.S. average (EIA).
  • Missouri's utilities are among the most reliable in the nation.
  • Incentive programs from the state of Missouri and Missouri utilities can help data center companies further reduce costs.

2. Missouri has a dependable, redundant and diverse internet network infrastructure.

  • Numerous Tier 1 providers have fiber backbone throughout the state – over 2,000 miles combined.
  • Kansas City was the first community to receive Google Fiber, a broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication, and the first market to get their small business service.
  • Missouri has more high speed connections than most Midwestern states (FCC).
  • Missouri benefits from the presence of the National LambdaRail (NLR) and Internet2—high-speed national networks connecting research institutions to one another to enable faster exchange of data.

3. Missouri's stable natural environment provides a low-risk area for protecting your data.

  • Located in the center of the country, Missouri is a low-risk state for acts of terrorism and has experienced no such events (FEMA).
  • Missouri has experienced no major disasters related to either hurricanes or earthquakes since record keeping began in 1957 (FEMA).
  • Missouri has more than 30 million square feet of underground facilities with natural climate control and reduced vulnerability to natural disasters.

4. Missouri's transportation assets and central location mean quicker access to data and facilities.

  • Missouri’s central location provides quicker connections to both coasts.
  • Missouri is within 600 miles of 50% of U.S. households and six of the fastest growing major metros in the U.S.
  • Missouri has some of the best and least congested transportation infrastructure in the United States, and the 6th largest public road and highway system (Federal Highway Administration).
  • Missouri has two major international airports: Kansas City International and Lambert-St. Louis International. Missouri also has seven regional airports providing commercial service throughout the state.

5. Missouri has a proven track record as a prime location for IT companies.

For all of the reasons above, and many more, Missouri is a great location for IT companies and data centers.

Image: INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY COSTS BY STATE

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY COSTS BY STATE

Electric rates are shown in cents/kWh. Source: EIA.

Major IT and telecommunications companies in Missouri include:
Cass Information Systems (HQ St. Louis)
Cerner Corporation  (HQ Kansas City)
DST Systems  (HQ Kansas City)
Emerson (HQ St. Louis)
IBM Service Delivery Center (Columbia)
Jack Henry & Associates (HQ Monett)
World Wide Technology  (HQ St. Louis)

Companies with data centers in Missouri include:
AT&T 
Bank of America
Carfax
CitiCards
DST Systems
Edward Jones
Emerson
Enterprise
Express Scripts
IBM
Liberty Mutual
MasterCard
Monsanto
Scottrade
Thompson Reuters
Walmart 

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