The 19-county central Missouri region is home to the state capital – Jefferson City – and more than a dozen colleges and universities. The University of Missouri’s flagship campus (MU) in Columbia and its science and technology campus (Missouri S&T) in Rolla provide a steady stream of talent for businesses in all sectors, including bio, energy, and IT.
The central region is also home to some of Missouri’s most popular recreational sites, including sizable portions of the Katy Trail bike path and the Mark Twain National Forest and several Missouri wineries. At 58,000 acres, the Lake of the Ozarks draws visitors from far and wide for championship fishing and golf, shopping and resorts.
Central Missouri’s companies share the state’s business benefits:
- Low business costs and taxes
- An above-average, below-market work force
- A low cost of living
- A strong transportation network
- Highways 50, 54 and 63; Interstates 70 and 44
- Class I rail via KCS, NS, BNSF and UP
- Regional airports
- Missouri River access