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The West Central region - A microtopia for business

To the west and south of Kansas City is the 13-county West Central region, a largely rural area dotted with several self-sufficient micropolitan communities. Sedalia is the site of the annual state fair, as well as a community college bearing that same name. Warrensburg is home to the University of Central Missouri and Whiteman Airforce base. Clinton boasts several of the region’s jewels, including 55,000-acre Truman Lake and the western-most trailhead for the 225-mile Katy Trail bike path.

Top industries of Missouri’s west central region include Agribusiness, Manufacturing, and Transportation/Logistics. Major companies like Ditzfeld Transfer, Schrieber Foods, and 3M enjoy great transportation assets and low business costs. 

West Central Missouri’s companies share 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 49 and 70, U.S. Highways 24, 40, 50, 54 and 65 
    • Class I rail via KCS, NS, BNSF and UP
    • Regional airports
    • Missouri River access


Major cities

Sedalia (Pop: 21,492)
Warrensburg (19,927)
Marshall (13,010)
Clinton (9,026)
Nevada (8,280)
Odessa (5,220)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013










Businesses and industry

The region's major employers include:

West Central Missouri profile

Educational attainment:

High School Diploma 74,183
Some College 41,883
Associate's Degree 13,566
Bachelor's Degree 19,483
Graduate Degree 10,738
Total Degrees 159,853

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Population 2015 280,406
Population Projection 2030  292,567 
Civilian Labor Force (July 2015) 130,797
Employment (July 2015) 121,967
Unemployment (July 2015) 8,830
Unemployment Rate (July 2015) 6.80%

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Recent investment projects

In the past year, Missouri’s west central region has announced expansions in manufacturing and distribution.  Companies include:

  • 8760 Service Group - 40 new jobs
  • Coreslab Missouri - 60 new jobs
  • Piney River Brewing - $1 million brewery expansion
  • Stribling - expansion of packaging manufacturing facility
  • BioStar Systems - new biogas facility
  • 3M - expanding graphics and signage facility
  • Black Dawn - firearm manufacturer
  • Janesville Acoustics - automotive supplier

Next steps

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