Introducing Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead
The Missouri 2030 report, a groundbreaking plan for Missouri’s future
Missouri 2030 is an innovative economic vision for the Show-Me State
Part of our job at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is telling the world why Missouri is a great place to do business. In my heart, I believe this to be true, and I’ve seen many companies thrive in our state.
Closing the gap between workers’ abilities and employers’ needs
While working to figure out how to make Missouri a better place for business, one issue stood apart: finding a properly educated workforce.
According to the Gallup survey contracted by the Missouri 2030 project, only 15 percent of Missouri business owners agree that high schools are preparing students for the workforce, and 75 percent believe that public schools in Missouri need to be held more accountable for outcomes. Small to mid-sized businesses struggle most with finding and retaining skilled workers.
Our business climate must encourage business location and expansion
Ribbon cuttings and announcements by state officials herald most relocations and expansions. However, the Missouri Chamber recognized that we should also be looking at the companies that considered coming to Missouri but chose not to.
Biotech start-up shows what it takes to survive in Missouri
Every year, patients in the United States are prescribed billions of dollars worth of unneeded antibiotics.
Even worse, the misuse of these drugs is causing a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections, a serious health threat that leads to $20 billion in additional health care costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Taking ownership of Missouri’s economic future
There has long been a notion that Missouri is a fractured state, divided by the interests of urban versus rural, of east versus west. But to move Missouri’s economy forward with Missouri 2030, it will take a united effort that citizens and business leaders from all regions can stand behind.
Missouri businesses—and jobs—are dependent on infrastructure
When the nation’s interstate system was born nearly 60 years ago, it was born in Missouri.
During the summer of 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, making $25 billion in federal funding available for interstate construction. Missouri leapt at the opportunity and became the first state to sign a contract for interstate work; Missouri was also the first state to begin construction on a new interstate with projects that would become I-44 and I-70.
Behind the Missouri 2030 Gallup survey
In planning for Missouri 2030, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry wanted a well-planned, substantial survey to establish a data set backed up by one of the world’s most respected names in research. Gallup was the natural choice.
Ted Abernathy shares his take on how Missouri is positioned for tomorrow’s economy
Planning an economic development strategy for a region or state is no easy task. It often requires help from an outside expert. Many times, that expert is Ted Abernathy.
Creating Missouri 2030: What went into the plan
Last year, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry began a strategic planning process for the entire state. We called the project Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead.