August 2023 and Destination Missouri 2023 – Your Guide to Investing in Missouri

Ingram’s August 2023 Digital Edition

You can read the digital version of Ingram’s August 2023 edition, here.more

Why Missouri?

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 That’s not just an empty question: It’s the gateway to a host of answers that reveal attributes most states could only wish for. From a business and employee cost perspective to outdoor activities to world-class health care…more

50 Missourians You Should Know

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Proving once again that Missouri is a nearly bottomless well of high-powered business executives, high-achieving non-profit leaders and high-level thinkers, the 2023 installment of 50 Missourians You Should Know brings to 650 the number of individuals recognized by…more

Manufacturing Muscle

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Not far across the state line from the vacation playground of Myrtle Beach, S.C., a fellow by the name of Ted Abernathy is part of a group of policy experts who crunch data and offer their insights…more

Missouri: Data Central

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 From coast to coast, 10 markets account for nearly half of the estimated 2,500 data centers in the U.S., generally clustered in along the Pacific Coast—from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley, Portland and Seattle—to an East Coast…more

Show Me the Money: Expanding Interstate 70

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Like a steely-eyed riverboat gambler, Gov. Mike Parson pushed $859 million in chips to the center of the table in early 2023. He was betting that the Missouri General Assembly would go along with his call to…more

Transportation and Infrastructure

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 To the untrained eye, little has changed over the past year with the transportation infrastructure that supports Missouri’s economy. We still have major cross-country interstates in each direction. We still have the same number of international airports.…more

Mid-America’s Playground

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Flash poll: Which of these native Missourians should be the poster child for the Show-Me State’s tourism office? Check one: • Mark Twain • George Washington Carver • Kathleen Turner • Harry Truman • Sheryl Crow Trick…more

Business Climate and Economic Conditions

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 One would have to be a certified, pocket-protector-wearing nerd to know offhand the name of Frank Hachman. But we can’t think of a better friend to site-selection consultants than this former University of Utah economist. Nearly 30 years…more

Leading Industries

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Quick! What are the key elements of Missouri’s economy? If your first thought was manufacturing, congratulations: You’re spot-on in picking a sector that accounted for 12.3 percent of the state’s roughly $300 billion GDP at last count.…more

A Productive Work Force

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 You don’t have to read between too many lines of data from the Bureau of Labor Resources to discern what Missouri employers have long known: Outside of the two metro areas that bracket the Show-Me State, the…more

Cost of Living

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Do the math: The average for household expenditures in America in 2021, according to Bankrate.com, was $66,928, with housing itself accounting for a third of that—$22,624. With inflation running at levels most of us have never witnessed—that…more

Real-Estate Values

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 At the midpoint of 2023, home ownership in the United States had taken on Dickensian dimensions: The best of times and the worst of times at the same time. For anyone selling, opportunities remained to secure near…more

Healthcare and Community Services

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Missouri has long been able to tout world-class health-care delivery. Over the past year, that world has been rocked by two major developments: One from inside the state’s borders and one adjacent. Most recently was the announcement…more

Hospitality and Tourism

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 Symphonies? Art galleries? Fine dining? Museums? Concerts, theater and dance? Sure, you can find those across Missouri, and at the highest levels in the bigger cities of St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. And those attractions do…more

Education and the Workforce

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 For more than 318,000 college-age students and older, Missouri was exactly the right choice for education as the 2020-21 school year arrived. That’s how many students flocked to more than 50 post-secondary campuses for their collegiate and…more

Entertainment and Culture

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 On the east side of Missouri, in St. Louis, you can find the Grand Center Arts District, where all manner of performing arts—Broadway plays, classical music, ballet, and more—help that city stake its claim to artistic excellence.…more

Quality of Life

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2023 The online edition of Britannica defines “quality of life” thusly: “The degree to which an individual is healthy, comfortable, and able to participate in or enjoy life events.” Wouldn’t it have been easier to just put a…more

Welcome to Missouri

PUBLISHED AUGUST, 2023 You could fill the better part of a day trying to build a comprehensive list of the qualities that make Missouri an ideal location to own or operate a business, to raise a family, to build a…more