Economic Overview and News
Things are Happening, and We Don’t Mind Saying So.
In 2013, St. Joseph was named the 7th Fastest Growing Economy in the United States. We’re a vibrant center of research of technology in the Midwest. We’ve also been called one of the “Best Cities for Job Growth” and one of the state’s “Fastest Growing MSAs” for several years. Yes, we’re pretty obsessed with moving forward. And we invite you to join us.
How can you describe our economic overview in a few words? Try uniquely positioned. Try energetic. Try built on Midwestern work ethic, but nationally progressive. We’re known for a quality workforce, including global recognition for our role in the Agricultural Research Triangle and the Animal Health Corridor. Just 35 minutes from the Kansas City International airport, and set alongside two major U.S. interstate highways, we’re modern but we haven’t lost sight of the rich labor history that got us where we are today. Well-known names like Nestle Purina, American Family Insurance and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. are just a few who recognize that St. Joseph is in a special position. Actually, we’re within just 500 miles of 44 percent of the overall U.S. manufacturing establishments. In St. Joseph, you can find out why being in the middle is a clear economic advantage.
The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is developing a new five-year plan, with initiatives including a focus on attracting new employers and jobs, as well as preparing the future workforce. The Chamber works year-round to support local businesses and encourage the development of entrepreneurial projects, providing frequent training, news and information — as well as opportunities to network, join committees and business or community initiatives.
Browse these resources for a snapshot of economic progress in St. Joseph:
See the most recent Business Journal for the most recent Chamber news.
St. Joseph’s (MO/KS) manufacturing , agricultural and service industries have remained a steady example of the success that is possible through exports. Exporting-related activities have had a real impact on the local economy and we hope it continues into the future…Nyamusi Igambi, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Kansas City