Local Economic Development Contacts
Kansas City Area Development Council (Buchanan, Clinton, and Livingston Counties)
Northwest Missouri Roundtable of Economic Developers (Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan, and Worth Counties)
Chillicothe Development Corporation
City of Cameron
City of Maryville
St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce
Toll Free: +1.877.725.0949
120 South Central Avenue, Suite 1535
Saint Louis, MO 63105
12200 NW Ambassador Drive, Suite 234
Kansas City, MO 64163
Missouri's Northwest Region
The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state. Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home. Top industries in the region include Agribusiness, Animal Health, and Manufacturing, with major companies such as Farmland Foods, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, and Kawasaki Motors all choosing to locate their operations in the area.
Recent Investment Projects
May 2013- Triumph Foods, LLC, a leading pork processing company, will be expanding its facility in St. Joseph. The expansion includes approximately a $7.5 million capital investment and is expected to create 105 new full-time jobs within one year.
February 2013- I&M Machine & Fabrication Corporation announced plans to expand in St. Joseph, making a capital investment of $1.6 million and creating 25 new jobs.
November 2012- ChloroFill announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Nodaway County to produce the company’s fiberboard products for the interior design, furniture and construction markets, a facility that is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next five years.
Blue Sun, a St. Joseph producer and marketer of premium renewable fuel products, announced it will expand its facility, creating 25 new jobs and making new capital investment of $9.5 million.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Northwest Missouri State University announced they had entered into an agreement with Missouri Moisture Analyzers LLC. The company builds and calibrates moisture control analyzers used in agriculture production and grain storage. Missouri Moisture Analyzers plans to sell, assemble and maintain equipment and service contracts in the United States, Mexico and Central America. Under the terms of the agreement, Missouri Moisture Analyzers will lease just over 1,000 square feet of space in the CIE. The company is estimated to create seven to nine new jobs the first year.
September 2012- Triumph Foods announced a nearly $10 million dollar expansion in St. Joseph. The company plans to hire 30 new workers as part of the $9.5 million investment.
June 2012- Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. announced plans to expand operations at two St. Joseph sites. The projects will involve the construction of a 260,000-square-foot warehouse in the Eastowne Business Park and an expansion of Boehringer’s Gene Field Road manufacturing facility. The Eastowne project will become Boehringers Consolidated Packaging and Distribution Center and create more than 25 logistics jobs, while retaining 60 jobs in St. Joseph. The Gene Field expansion is slated to produce more than 80 jobs by the end of 2015.
March 2012- Sonoco Plastics announced plans to add an additional 75,000 square-foot building to their Chillicothe plant, adding 13-14 jobs.
February 2012- NCO Group, a global outsourcing firm, announced that it is expanding its operations in St. Joseph to accommodate two Fortune 500 clients and adding 300 jobs.
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Sources: MERIC and Missouri Office of Administration
The regional average wage was $670 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2012.
Major roads in the region include I-29, I-35, US-36, US-59, US-65, US-71, and US-136. I-29 extends to the Canadian border in North Dakota, passing through cities such as Council Bluffs, Sioux Falls, and Fargo. Major junctions on I-35 include San Antonio, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
US-36 is four lanes across the state of Missouri and provides access to markets from Ohio to Colorado. US-59 runs from the Canadian Border to Houston. US-65 passes through Springfield, Mo. and Little Rock on its way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. US-71 currently extends from the Canadian border all the way to Shreveport; a large section of the highway from Missouri south is currently being upgraded to Interstate standards as a potential extension of I-49.
The nearest commercial airport to the region is Kansas City International.
Class I rail access to the region is provided by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific.
St. Joseph (Pop: 77,185)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011
Higher Education Institutions:
Missouri Western State University: (St. Joseph) 4-year, public
Northwest Missouri State University: (Maryville) 4-year, public
North Central Missouri College: (Trenton) 2-year, public
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5 year estimates, 2010
Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Science and Technology Incubator
: (St. Joseph) In conjunction with Missouri Western University, this 25,000 square feet incubator is also home to the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences which provides training and wetlab space available within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.
Quality of Life
Residents of the Northwest region enjoy an excellent quality of life with a low cost of living, numerous cultural opportunities, and excellent health care.
The Northwest region's hospitals include: Heartland Health (St. Joseph), St. Francis (Maryville), and Hedrick Medical Center (Chillicothe).
St. Joseph's Parkway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as it was one of the first such boulevard systems implemented in the United States. Anchored on both ends by city parks, the miles of greenway between feature walking trails and scenic overlooks. From May through September, the St. Joseph community gathers for Parties on the Parkway, featuring food, drinks, and live music.
The Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph commemorates a historic part of the legend of the American West. In St. Joseph you may also tour the historic final home of Jesse James.
Mozingo Lake Park, located near Maryville, is composed of a 1,000 acre lake and 3,000 acre park. Park activities include camping, boating, hunting, as well as some of the best golf in Missouri. Conception Abbey, also near Maryville, is one of only 33 basilicas in the nation. The Basilica boasts Romanesque architecture and original European artwork and scribes dating back to the sixth century.
Marceline Missouri is the boyhood hometown of Walt Disney. Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland is based on downtown Marceline. The town hosts an annual cartooning festival, called Toonfest.