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Misssouri Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Missouri economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Missouri.

Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Missouri.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.  Think of it as a concierge service for referrals related to investment project plans.

We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to better support your project plans.

Search: Missouri

Custom search tool for Missouri state and local economic development websites such as those listed below

Point of View article:

Why invest in Missouri?

(from June 2006)

See explanation of column headings below.

Suggestions are welcome, and please report any broken links.

We also welcome reciprocal links from relevant organizations.

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Missouri Department of Economic Development


Point of View article : Why invest in Missouri? (June 2006)

State 65102

Lt. Governor - State of Missouri - often involved in state economic development initiatives State 65102
Missouri Partnership - description State
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber 65102
Missouri Economic Development Council - MEDC - association of local development professionals; with a link to LocationOne directory of Missouri sites State 65101
Great Hires - official workforce resource information website for the state of Missouri State work force info
Missouri Training and Employment Council State 65102   website link for MTEC
Missouri Business Resource Center - SBDC and other small business and entrepreneurial education services, University of Missouri Extension SBDC
RMI - Resources for Missouri, Inc. - Certified Development Company, SBA 504, microloans State 65109

Ken Lueckenotte

St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association - RCGA Metro 63102

James Alexander

St. Louis Business Development Fund Finance 63105
EDC of St Charles County County 63304
City of Kirksville City 63501
Kansas City Area Development Council Metro 64105
North Kansas City Office of Economic Development City 64116 816-274-6040
Platte County Economic Development Council County 64153

Pete Fullerton

City of Cameron City  64429
St. Joseph Area Chamber City 64506

Tom Lesnak


Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce City 64801
Southwest Missouri Development Alliance - Joplin, Lamar, Neosho, Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, Airport Drive, Barton County Region 64801
Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri, Joplin - Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, and Newton counties

Regional labor info

Empire District Electric Company Utility 64802
City of Camdenton Missouri City 65020 573-346-3600
Regional Economic Development Inc. - Columbia City 65205
Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation Local 65270
IDA of Cuba, MO

Local 65453,

Enterprise Zone

Norman DeLeo

Branson / Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 65615
Ozarks Regional Economic Partnership - a ten county promotional program of the Springfield Area Chamber with partner members Region 65801

Allen Kunkel

Springfield Business & Development Corporation - SBDC - economic development subsidiary of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, with City of Springfield Missouri, Greene County, and City Utilities of Springfield Metro 65806 417-862-5567
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 417-862-5567
City Utilities of Springfield MO - see SBDC above Local utility 65801
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger US North Central region, following the same structure as our global contact directories These area representatives would typically include
  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices

We welcome reciprocal links from relevant organizations.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
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