Did you know that St. Louis, Missouri, has the second highest concentration of financial securities brokerage firms in the nation’s 20 largest metros, surpassed only by New York City? Or that Kansas City, Missouri, is the birthplace and global headquarters of H&R Block? How about that Columbia, Missouri, is the home of Veterans United Home Loans and Monett, Missouri, is the home of Jack Henry & Associates?
In fact, Missouri is a world leader in the financial and professional services industries.
With more than 125,000 people, or nearly 5 percent of the workforce, employed in occupations related to financial services, Missouri is a known leader in financial services. Missouri’s 50+ years of AAA bond ratings is representative of our solid financial acumen and stable financial foundations.
Missouri is home to Edward Jones, Jack Henry & Associates, H&R Block, Wells Fargo Advisors, American Century Investments, RGA, CitiMortgage, MasterCard’s global operations center, and several other financial services leaders. We are also the birthplace of the financial innovator Square, created by Jim McKelvey and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey in their hometown of St. Louis. Our state also has depth of talent in financial services, with nearly 40 colleges and universities offering bachelor’s degrees or higher in Finance, Financial Management and Accounting.
In Missouri, it just adds up.
Missouri is also an information technology hub in the U.S. geospatial analysis, cybersecurity, data centers. Missouri’s statewide communication infrastructure with global connectivity allows our state to store, protect and distribute the world’s data. There’s a reason the U.S. Government is spending $1.7 billion to build their brand new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency West Headquarters right here in Missouri.
Additionally, Missouri has more than 31 million square-feet of stable and unique underground natural environments, providing companies a safe and secure place to store their data. In fact, both Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, are frequently named among the top cities for tech jobs in the country.
Missouri’s central location gives companies the talent and the workday flexibility to provide call center support nationwide. Our expertise in bioscience, health, financial services and IT ensures the talent needed to provide high-quality back office support across these industries is at businesses’ fingertips.
Major companies with data centers in Missouri include AT&T, BJC HealthCare, Bank of America, Bayer Crop Science, Centene, Emerson, Enterprise, Express Scripts, Thomson Reuters and Walmart. While major IT and telecommunications companies headquartered in Missouri include Cass Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Graybar and World Wide Technology.
Meanwhile, companies like LaunchCode and Claim Academy are delivering IT talent at an accelerated rate for Missouri employers, ensuring that companies in the financial and professional services industries have the talent pipeline they need for years to come.
Bottom line for your financial services or professional services company, Missouri is a place to improve your bottom line, find the talent you need, and join a family of companies that impacts our global economy every day.