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It’s All Right Here in St. Joseph.

Want the best of location, technology, affordability and workforce talent for your business? It’s all right here in St. Joseph, Mo.

A comprehensive, impressive, Midwestern city that has a multi-generational talented workforce, long history of manufacturing and agricultural success and livability is uniquely St. Joseph. Our city is positioned in the center of the nation’s hotbed of bioscience technology, but is built upon a strong Midwestern work ethic. Combined with an outstanding infrastructure, nationally-praised business support base and low cost utilities, it’s easy to see why so many of the world’s top companies have chosen to call our city of 77,000 their home.




  • Just 35 minutes from Kansas City International Airport
  • The city is a crossroads for two major thoroughfares, Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 36; intersects with U.S. Highway 71; and is only 45 minutes or less to Interstates 435, 70 and 35, some of the nation’s most traveled roadways
  • St. Joseph is uniquely positioned within 500 miles of 44 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing establishments, and just 200 miles from the nation’s population center
  • Low-cost utilities and overall low cost of business, compared to other similar-sized cities

Retail Strength: Drawing from 17 Counties in the Vibrant Northwest Missouri Region

St. Joseph is positioned in a network of major interstates and transportation venues that help businesses draw from regional retail strength. Within just one hour in any direction from St. Joseph, retail establishments number more than 7,100, with a total potential of more than $9 billion. The 18-county region has a combined retail demand potential of more than $3 billion, and a population of nearly 335,000. With national retail opportunities such as Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Target, Sam’s Club, Old Navy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Menard’s, Lowe’s and The Home Depot, St. Joseph serves as a retail trade destination for not only St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri, but also from Eastern Kansas and southern Iowa and Nebraska.


Powerful in the Global Bioscience Industry and Animal Health Corridor:

No other city in the Midwest offers the agricultural sciences strength of St. Joseph, receiving a No. 4 ranking by location quotient for agricultural sciences industry, as compared to all 324 U.S. metropolitan areas.*.

St. Joseph is a nationally-recognized leader in animal health and life sciences, and a pivotal component of the KC Animal Health Corridor – where nearly one-third (32 percent) of the $19 billion global animal health industry is located.

Regarding both the concentration of agricultural science and life science employment, St. Joseph ranks among the top ten areas in the country and is home to leaders such as Boehringer Ingelheim and Triumph Foods.


Quality Education to Build a Top-Notch Workforce

The city is built upon a regional workforce drawing from strong Midwestern work ethic historical agricultural innovation, including long-time linkages to several neighboring rural communities that help provide a dedicated, passionate labor base to St. Joseph.

As a result of a community-wide partnership, St. Joseph’s high school graduation rate is 88.6 percent — higher than the state rate of 85.7 percent

Within the Agricultural Research Triangle, several higher educational institutions, including St. Joseph’s Missouri Western State University, are directly linked with global research and innovations in the bioscience and technology field. Three quality technical training institutions and collaborative programs with the University of Missouri and Northwest Missouri State University make St. Joseph an educational leader across multiple industries.

Think Outside the Limits


Brad Lau (Vice President, Economic Development)
Phone: (816) 364-4110

Kristie Arthur (Director of Workforce Development)
Phone: (816) 364-4113

St. Joseph at a Glance ST. JOSEPH AT A GLANCE