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Northwest region - An energy pioneer

Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery CenterCarnegie Public Library in AlbanyOther major cities in Northwest Missouri include St. Joseph, Maryville, Cameron, and Chillicothe.Northwest Missouri benefits from great transportation access.On Highway 65 in Northwest Missouri.Gentry County Courthouse
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Missouri’s 18-county northwest corner has made some of the biggest contributions to the shaping of America. The Pony Express was born in the region’s largest city: St. Joseph. This area also introduced the hog cholera vaccine in the early 1900s, restoring prosperity to American farms. In this century, Missouri’s northwest put wind energy on the map with the first U.S. community powered solely by wind: RockPort.  

These seeds of ingenuity wrought huge advances in communication, animal health and alternative energy, which continue to this day. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Northwest Missouri State University and the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator at Missouri Western University see such advances on an ongoing basis.

Stretching two-thirds across the northern part of the state, Missouri’s northwest region is easily traversed via Interstates 29 and 35, as well as several U.S. highwaysFour-lane US-36 runs across the state’s northern half, providing one of the least congested east-west shipping routes for area companiesNicknamed “The Way of the American Genius,” 36 runs through Marceline, boyhood home of Walt Disney, and through Chillicothe, the birthplace of sliced bread! 

Northwest Missouri shares in 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:
    • Interstates 29 and 35, U.S. Highways 36, 59, 65, 71 and 136
    • Class I rail via NS, BNSF and UP
    • Regional airports
    • Missouri River access

Major cities

St. Joseph (Pop: 77,147)
Maryville (12,062)
Cameron (9,868)
Chillicothe (9,318)
Trenton (6,054)
Brookfield (4,399)
Marceline (2,167)
Albany (1,738)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013







Business and industry

The region's major employers include:


Northwest Missouri profile

Educational Attainment:

High School Diploma  73,960
Some College 37,514
Associate's Degree 10,089
Bachelor's Degree 20,092
Graduate Degree 10,645
Total Degrees 152,300

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Population 2014 260,224
Population Projection 2030 267,706
Civilian Labor Force (July 2015) 131,431
Employment (July 2015) 124,007
Unemployment (July 2015) 7,424
Unemployment Rate (July 2015) 5.60%

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Recent investment projects

In the past year, Missouri’s northwest region has announced expansions in several sectors, including:

  • National Excelsior Company - adding 6 jobs
  • Brookfield Fabricating Corp. - adding 70 new jobs
  • Dailys Premium Meats - new facility creating 212 new jobs
  • Kawasaki - adding 30 jobs
  • Fargo Assembly of PA - adding 150 new jobs
  • Schütz Container Systems, Inc. - new facility in St. Joseph will create 50 new jobs

Next steps

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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 Chamber of Commerce

City of Albany

City of Brookfield

City of Cameron

City of Marceline

City of Maryville

City of Trenton

St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce

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