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. highways. Four-lane US-36 runs across the state’s northern half, providing one of the least congested east-west shipping routes for area companies. Nicknamed “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