Missouri’s southeast “bootheel” region follows the curve of the Mississippi, making it a major transportation hub for area businesses. Five port facilities, seven major highways, Class I rail and a regional airport cater to virtually every type of business. Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and Mineral Area College in Park Hills provide the talent to attract – and sustain -growing companies.
The terrain in this area is rugged, with the Mighty Mississippi giving rise to the St. Francois mountains - the oldest mountain range in America. Unique rock formations at Elephant Rocks State Park and Johnson Shut-ins attract tourists from near and far.
But the unique geography of the southeast region has another benefit. Known for its rich alluvial soil, this 13-county area produces more than 25% of the state’s entire agricultural output. The University of Missouri has dedicated more than a thousand acres in Pemiscot County to the study of soybean cropping systems and disease control at the MU Delta Center.
Southeast Missouri offers many business benefits:
- Low business costs and taxes
- An above-average, below-market work force
- A low cost of living
- A strong transportation network
- Interstates 55, 57, 155 and U.S. highways 60, 61, 62, and 67
- Class I rail via BNSF and UP
- Regional airports
- Mississippi River access