From the desk of Subash Alias
Due to some big wins in a number of rural communities, our FY2019 (July 2018-June 2019) was a phenomenal year for job creation and investment outside of our three largest cities. As Missouri Partnership looked back on 12 months of promoting Missouri around the world, working in partnership with organizations and individuals across the state, attracting companies to invest in Missouri in order to create jobs and transform lives, rural Missouri was a big winner.
In total, the projects we had the privilege of working on in partnership with the State of Missouri and local economic developers have resulted in more than $280 million in capital investment, 379 new jobs and more than $18 million in new annual payroll in rural Missouri. These projects crossed multiple industry sectors including agtech, energy solutions and advanced manufacturing.
Some of these wins for Missouri and the companies that invested include: GESS International, an innovative leader in energy solutions turning farm waste into renewable, clean energy, invested multiple facilities in Audrain, Chariton and Miller counties; Empire Comfort Systems and Central Service and Supply, both advanced manufacturers, who created almost 150 new jobs in the counties of Butler and Macon; and, Smith Seed Services, an agtech innovator, who created 34 new jobs in Barton County.
On a percentage basis, these projects accounted for 76 percent of the capital investment, 26 percent of the new jobs created, and 22 percent of the new annual payroll created statewide through projects we were involved with in FY2019. These rural wins had an average wage of more than $50,000 per job, and are transforming the lives of our residents across the state.
Representing Missouri to the rest of the world is a privilege for our organization. And we couldn’t do it without the strong partnerships with the communities across the state. Thank you for your support of our work, and thank you for partnering with us within Missouri, and globally.
CEO, Missouri Partnership