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The Springfield region - A picturesque business setting

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From its lush Ozark Mountains to its vast limestone caves, Missouri’s Springfield 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 Springfield Region 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: 164,122)
Nixa (20,195)
Branson (11,064)
Bolivar (10,487)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013







Business and industry

The region's major employers include:


Springfield region profile

Educational attainment:

High School Diploma  111,202
Some College 87,780
Associate's Degree 23,516
Bachelor's Degree 55,701
Graduate Degree 27,914
Total Degrees 306,113

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Population 2014 537,631
Population Projection 2030 684,871
Civilian Labor Force (July 2015) 273,239
Employment (July 2015) 258,637
Unemployment (July 2015) 14,602
Unemployment Rate (July 2015) 5.30%

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Recent investment projects

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

  • Digital Monitoring Products - 65 new jobs
  • Community Wholesale Tire - 20 new jobs
  • 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

Next steps

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