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, the Ozark region’s 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