State of Champions: Missouri Talent is Leading the Way On & Off the Field

If you’re a sports fan, there’s no better place to live right now than Missouri – the State of Champions.

Missourians recently geared up to watch the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The Missouri team won the Super Bowl in 2020. In addition to the state’s top NFL team, Missouri is home to the 11-time World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, 2-time champion Kansas City Royals, and the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

But Missouri’s championship talent doesn’t end when you leave the field. With more than 3 million educated workers, Missouri’s talent pool is deep, specialized and experienced in the state’s key growth areas including advanced manufacturing, agtech and logistics. And Missouri is home to top-flight universities such as the University of Missouri – Columbia, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla and many more.

Grit and determination set the state apart in both the sports and business worlds. Missouri is the State of Champions, which explains why several leading global companies have operations here. Ford and General Motors produce more than 770,000 vehicles in Missouri every year. Boeing manufactures several military jets in the state, including the F/A-18, EA-18, F-15 and T-7. Advanced manufacturers in Missouri churn out a long list of impressive products. From the number one selling Tracker fishing boat, to batteries used by NASA to power space missions, it’s all made in Missouri thanks to top-notch workforce. Speaking of workforce, Missouri just ranked among the best in the nation for new and completed apprenticeships.

Perhaps the state’s laser-focus on providing a champion workforce helps explain why Missouri is seeing so much new investment from companies. For example, Accenture Federal Services selected St. Louis for its new Advanced Technology Center in 2020, creating 1,400 new technology jobs. Talk about a large talent pool!

There are countless examples of Missouri proving to be the best in sports and in business. For Missourians, this winning attitude and drive to be the best is nothing new for the state. But now that it’s professional sports teams are hoisting Missouri into the spotlight, people around the world are seeing for themselves why Missouri truly is the State of Champions.

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