The Columbia / Jefferson City Region


The 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.

Major Cities
  • Columbia (Pop: 126,853)
  • Jefferson City (42,772)
  • Rolla (20,129)
  • Fort Leonard Wood (15,959)
  • Lebanon (15,054)
  • Fulton (12,721)
  • Mexico (11,523)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2020-2021


Key Employers
  • 3M (Columbia)
  • ABB (Jefferson City)
  • Cargill (California)
  • Central Bancompany (Jefferson City)
  • Dollar General Distribution Center (Fulton)
  • Durham Company (Lebanon)
  • Emerson Climate Technologies (Lebanon)
  • Emery Sapp & Sons (Columbia)
  • EquipmentShare (Columbia)
  • Hubbell Power Systems (Centralia)
  • Independent Stave (Lebanon)
  • The Kraft Heinz Company (Columbia)
  • Kyndryl (Columbia)
  • Paramount Apparel International (Bourbon)
  • Quaker Window Products (Freeburg)
  • Scholastic, Inc. (Jefferson City)
  • Shelter Insurance (Columbia)
  • State of Missouri (Jefferson City)
  • True Manufacturing (Mexico)
  • Veterans United Home Loans (Columbia)
  • Unilever (Jefferson City)
  • Walmart Distribution Center (St. James)
  • White River Marine Group (Lebanon)
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