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The Ozark region - A picturesque business setting

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From its lush Ozark Mountains to its vast limestone caves, Missouri’s Ozark Region provides a breathtaking backdrop for business.  Just as is true of its unique terrain, the region’s business climate is rock solid, giving an added boost to companies in the manufacturing, IT and logistics sectors. 

Springfield, Missouri's third largest city, is home to several company headquarters, including Bass Pro Shops and O’Reilly Automotive. With a location at the crossroads of Interstate 44 and U.S. highways 60 and 65, Springfield’s companies have easy access to customers and supply chain.  

Missouri State University, located in Springfield, provides a steady stream of talent for area businesses.  The MSU Centers for Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) and Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS) support research for related industries throughout the state.

Just a short hop from Springfield, Branson gives this region one of the most unique entertainment venues in the state, if not the country.  Nicknamed “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Branson draws millions of visitors a year to its 50 live theaters.

All Ozark communities share the business benefits of the state:

  • Low business costs and taxes
  • An above-average, below-market work force
  • A low cost of living
  • A strong transportation network: 
    • Highways 60, 65 and 160; Interstate 44
    • Class I rail via BNSF
    • Regional airports

Major cities

Springfield (Pop: 162,191)
Nixa (19,858)
Branson (10,842)
Bolivar (10,842)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012

Business and industry

The region's major employers include:


Ozark region profile

Educational attainment:

High School Diploma  109,336
Some College 87,102
Associate's Degree 23,042
Bachelor's Degree 55,030
Graduate Degree 27,178
Total Degrees 301,688

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Population 2013 533,616
Population Projection 2030 684,871
Civilian Labor Force (June 2014) 273,426
Employment (June 2014) 257,410
Unemployment (June 2014) 16,016
Unemployment Rate (June 2014) 5.90%

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Recent investment projects

A long-time manufacturing mecca, the Ozark region has also had success attracting companies in the tech sector.  Recent wins include:

  • Prime Inc. - $50 million headquarters expansion
  • T-Mobile - adding 145 call center employees
  • Allen Global Companies - adding 50 new jobs
  • AT&T - adding 50 call center jobs
  • Americana Tire and Wheel - new $1.5 million assembly plant in Marshfield
  • Kraft - $100 million expansion
  • Red Monkey - $3.4 million investment in new headquarters
  • HealthcareFirst - web-based software firm adding 20 jobs
  • AT&T - call center adding 70 jobs
  • North American Tank LLC - 30 new jobs 

Next steps

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