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Diverse Energy Base and Nationally Low Rates

St. Joseph’s central location – just 35 minutes north of Kansas City’s International Airport – and powerful telecommunications and energy resources create the perfect environment for business.

Due to the city’s regional position in the Midwest, a blend of wind power, coal, natural gas and hydroelectric power keeps a balanced mix built around energy reduction and reliability, while energy industry leaders continue to expand this diverse base.


St. Joseph’s electrical utilities are extremely competitive with other areas of the country. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and Topeka, Kansas, Evergy provides electrical service to St. Joseph and ranks among the largest wholesale marketers of electricity and natural gas in North America.

Regional users have seen rate increases in the minimal to low range for nearly the past three decades.

Evergy offers economic development rate reductions for companies that meet their criteria for a period of five years with the following percentage reductions by year after start-up: 

  • Year 1 – 30 percent 
  • Year 2 – 25 percent 
  • Year 3 – 20 percent
  • Year 4 – 15 percent
  • Year 5 – 10 percent

Evergy consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders for uninterrupted electric service, continuing to earn high satisfaction rates in professional surveys.


As a subsidiary of the country’s largest investor-owned water utility, Missouri American Water enjoys the expertise, technical support and financial advantages of a nationwide network combined with localized knowledge and personalized service.

Missouri American Water Customers can enjoy the following benefits:
  • Economic development rates for heavy users
  • Ground water treatment plant that provides state-of-the-art purification and treatment of ground water to commercial and residential customers 
  • Discounts for elligible customers of 30%, 24%, 20%, 15%, and 10% off their pre-tax bills during their first, second, third, fourth, and fifth contract years, respectively, if applicable conditions are met.

Natural Gas

Natural gas utilities are provided by Spire. Through innovative purchase of gas on the spot market, Spire is able to ensure a dependable and economical supply. Rates are about 20 percent below the national average. An economic development rate is available that can save new businesses up to 50 percent of the commodity rate.