The Columbia / Jefferson City Region

CentralRegion_SmallMap_RegionalMapsThe Columbia/Jefferson City Region sits in central Missouri. Anchored by the University of Missouri in Columbia and the State Capital in Jefferson City, this is a region of growth, innovation and cooperation.

A uniquely skilled and educated population combined with a strong Midwestern work ethic is the formula for a highly productive workforce. Key employment sectors – health innovation, information technology, financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing, agtech, and more – are broadly represented throughout the region.

The University of Missouri’s flagship campus (MU) in Columbia and its science and technology campus (Missouri S&T) in Rolla provide a steady stream of talent for businesses in all sectors, including agtech, energy, and IT.

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Columbia (Pop: 120,612)

Jefferson City (43,013)

Rolla (20,075)

Fort Leonard Wood (17,576)

Lebanon (14,709)

Fulton (13,103)

Mexico (11,680)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016

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In Their Words

Our meetings with representatives of Missouri and Gov. Greitens demonstrated that they are business-friendly and understand what we need as a company to be successful.

— James Debney / American Outdoor Brands

The decision to build our second milk plant in Columbia culminates several years of research and diligence to determine the optimal location for a new processing operation. Columbia was the best choice because it offers a location that expands and improves the efficiency of our total supply chain, from organic feed, to milk, to consumer. Central Missouri also offers a great workforce and attractive access to major interstate highways. We are excited to break ground on our new facility later this spring.

— Marc Peperzak / Aurora Organic Dairy

I’m not sure what my expectations were, but I’ve been surprised by the talent of the pool we’ve got to work with in the local area, and by ‘the local area’ I mean not only Columbia, but St. Louis, Kansas City, and Rolla.

— Jim Chapdelaine / IBM

This workforce at our Lebanon, Missouri facility is as resilient as any I’ve seen, and this community works very closely with us. The city officials and economic development people call on us personally, and that is important to us as a corporate and community partner.

— Randy Nielsen / Emerson Climate Technologies

Our staff understands glass science and technology. This is a company that grew out of the research and talent being incubated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

— Ted Day / Mo-Sci Corporation

The central location with improved transportation access from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City will allow us to quickly connect with our customers across the country. Here, we have found an excellent regional manufacturing workforce and a competitive business climate overall, which factored into the final decision to locate to Rolla.

— Gerry Lavis / Hartmann North America