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Missouri Economic Development Directory

MO Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Missouri Department of Economic Development
Garry Taylor
301 West High Street, P.O. Box 1157
Jefferson City, MO USA 65102
Missouri Partnership
Chris Chung
120 South Central Avenue, Suite 1150
St. Louis, MO USA 63105

MO Utilities

Michael S. Kearney
Manager, Economic Development
P.O. Box 66149, MC 350
St. Louis, MO USA 63166
Ameren is a gateway to your location search throughout a diverse two-state economy with real competitive advantages to meet the needs of expanding businesses.

Associated Electric
Mark Woodson
Manager of Economic Development
P.O. Box 754
Springfield, MO USA 65801

Empire District Electric Company
Marsha L. Wallace, CEcD
Economic Development Manager
P.O. Box 127
Joplin, MO USA 64802-0127
Kansas City Power & Light
Greg Kindle
Manager, Economic Development
P.O. Box 418679
Kansas City, MO USA 64141

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MO Regional Economic Development Agencies

K-REDI Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc.
Phil Tate
Director of Job Creation
201 South Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO USA 63501
Kirksville is an eclectic community located in the Northeastern quadrant of Missouri. It is supported by the economic pillars of health care and education. It is the home to Truman State University and A. T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kansas City Area Development Council
Tim Cowden
Senior VP, Business Development
2600 Commerce Tower, 911 Main Street
Kansas City, MO USA 64105
Missouri Research Park
Richard D. Finholt
Executive Director
17295 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, MO USA 63005
St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
James Alexander
Vice President for Business Recruitment
One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO USA 63102-2797
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MO County Economic Development Agencies

Cuba Industrial Development Authority
Norm J. De Leo, DDS
Economic Development Coordinator
102 Downey Place
Cuba, MO USA 65453

Platte County Economic Development Council
Burdette Pete Fullerton
Executive Director
11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO USA 64153
Platte County is home of the Kansas City International Airport. The Platte County Economic Development Council strives to promote and enhance economic development in the area through business retention and recruitment.

Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County
Linda M. Christle, CEcD
Executive Director
3615 West Broadway, 3rd Floor
Sedalia, MO USA 65301
Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc.
Ben Jones
President & CEO
186 North Adams Avenue
Lebanon, MO USA 65536-3044
Regional Economic Development Inc.
Bernard K. Andrews, CEcD
Executive Vice President
302 Campusview Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, MO USA 65201-4268
573-442-8303 223
Rolla Regional Economic Commission (RREC)
Cyndra Lorey
Executive Director
Centennial Hall, 300 West 12th Street
Rolla, MO USA 65409
St. Louis County Economic Council
Steve Anderson
Vice President, Business Development
121 South Meramec, Suite 900
St. Louis, MO USA 63105

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MO City Economic Development Agencies

City of North Kansas City
Jeff Samborski
Economic Development Director
2010 Howell Street
North Kansas City, MO USA 64116
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Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Rob O’Brian
320 East 4th Street
Joplin, MO USA 64801
For companies seeking a central location in the United States, excellent transportation connections and capable, hard-working labor forces, the Joplin Missouri Metropolitan Area is a great place to call home.

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation
Brien M. Starner
1600 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO USA 64014
City of Chesterfield
Libbey R. Malberg, CEcD
Assistant City Administrator for Community & Economic Development
690 Chesterfield Parkway W
Chesterfield, MO USA 63017-0760
City of St. Charles
John Knoll
Manager of Retail Development
200 North Second Street, Room 300
St. Charles, MO USA 63301
Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO
Mike Kirchhoff
Vice President, Business Retention & Recruitment
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1700
Kansas City, MO USA 64106
Lees Summit Economic Development Council
James A. Devine, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO
218 SE Main Street
Lees Summit, MO USA 64063-2332
Marshall Chamber of Commerce
Ken Yowell
Executive Director
214 North Lafayette
Marshall, MO USA 65340
Partnership for Community Growth & Development
Alicia Stephens, CEcD
Executive Director
105 North Stewart Court, Suite 200
Liberty, MO USA 64068-2320
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Greg Williams, CEcD
Senior Vice President of Economic Development
202 South John Q Hammons Parkway., P.O. Box 1687
Springfield, MO USA 65801-1687
St. Louis Development Corporation
Rodney Crim
Executive Director
1015 Locust Street, Suite 1200
St. Louis, MO USA 63101
314-622-3400 300
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Missouri State Incentives

LOAN GUARANTEE FEE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM: Provides state tax credits to an eligible small business—defined in Section 44 of the IRS code, must (in the prior tax year) have gross receipts of less than $1 million; or if more than $1 million, less than 30 full time employees—for the amount of a guarantee fee paid to either the U.S. Small Business Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a small business loan. There is no limit on the amount per business or total amount distributed annually.

ENHANCED ENTERPRISE ZONE: Provides state tax credits to new or expanding businesses in a Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone. Can be applied to Ch. 143 Income tax, excluding withholding tax and can only be applied to tax liability for the year in which they were earned. Tax credits will be based on the state economic benefit, supported by the number of new jobs, wages and new capital investment that the project will create. Tax credits issued under this program are limited to $24,000,000 annually.

2010 AUTOMOTOVE MANUFACTURING JOBS ACT: Allows qualified manufacturing facilities or suppliers that bring next-generation production lines to Missouri to retain withholding taxes typically remitted to the state.

ACTION FUND LOAN: Provides a loan to certain types of for-profit companies that need funds for start-up or expansion and have exhausted other sources. Projects can only be in a “non-entitlement” area—a city under 50,000 in population or a county under 200,000 in population.

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: Provides financial incentives for the redevelopment of commercial/industrial sites that are contaminated with hazardous substances and have been abandoned or underutilized for at least three years.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT: Offers grants to small MO communities to improve local facilities, address critical health and safety concerns and develop a greater capacity for growth. Projects can range from housing and street repairs to industrial loans and job training.

NEW JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM: Provides assistance in reducing the cost associated with expanding a workforce or locating a new facility in the state of Missouri through training services—training customized to the specific needs of the industry and general occupational skill training. Businesses with a sound credit rating currently located in or locating to MO that are creating a substantial number of new jobs in Missouri by locating a new facility or expanding an existing workforce in the state.

JOB RETENTION TRAINING PROGRAM: Provides assistance in reducing the cost associated with retraining an existing workforce for the purpose of retaining jobs in the state of Missouri through training services—training designed for the specific needs of the industry and general occupational skill training. Businesses with a sound credit rating currently located in Missouri that have retained at that site the level of employment for at least one year, and a minimum of 100 employees for two consecutive calendar years preceding the year in which the application for the program was made. In addition, the business must make a capital investment of at least one million dollars to acquire long-term assets.

URBAN ENTERPRISE LOAN: The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) contracts for the administration of a micro-lending program to assist Missouri’s small business owners with the creation, expansion and retention of their business enterprise, located in the St. Louis and Kansas City urban areas. The loan amount cannot exceed 50 percent of the borrower’s total financial need. Loans range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000 per business. Funds may be used to:

  • Start a new business
  • Purchase business equipment, inventory, working capital, acquisition of business assets or other expansion purposes of an existing small business
  • Provide an equity match for leveraging a commercial loan
  • Secure lines of credit or gap financing from a conventional commercial lender

SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR TAX CREDIT: Generates private funds to be used to establish a “protective business environment” (incubator) in which a number of small businesses can collectively operate, fostering growth and development during a business’ start-up period. The overall maximum amount of tax credits that can be authorized under this program in any one calendar year is $500,000. This 50 percent tax credit can be applied to:

  • Ch. 143 – Income tax, excluding withholding tax
  • Ch. 147 – Corporate franchise tax
  • Ch. 148 – Bank Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Other Financial Institution Tax

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (NMTC): Provides state and federal tax credits to investors that make investments into approved funds, which will make investments in eligible projects located in low income census tracks in Missouri. This program does not provide tax credits directly to businesses. Eligible businesses interested in obtaining funding should contact the approved “Community Development Entities.”


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