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