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The MAEDC Region

The MAEDC region is a world-class business location and the heart of the north-central Missouri industry and technology community. Our dynamic companies, well-educated and highly skilled workforce, excellent school systems, and cultural amenities make the MAEDC region one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States.


The MAEDC region offers designated Enhanced Enterprise Zones offering potential incentives and tax benefits for businesses. Educational facilities ensure a steady supply of well-qualified workers and support local companies by providing training tailored to business needs. The region boasts a large, qualified workforce armed with the high-tech skills for today’s business needs.


The MAEDC region is fortunate to have forward minded leaders in government, business and civic roles, which allows the area to continue to be vibrant for both business and recreation.

ACT Work Ready Badge Howard County
ACT Work Ready Badge Randolph County
Swift Prepared Foods Ribbon Cutting


  • Offering access to workforce of over 100,000 armed with the skills for today’s business demands with strengths in manufacturing, logistics, biofuels, food processing, distribution, and agriculture.

  • According to CNBC, Missouri has the lowest cost of doing business of any state. The state also ranked 10th best in the nation for infrastructure.

  • The Moberly Area Industrial Park and the Howard County Industrial Park are both Missouri Certified Sites.

  • Both Randolph and Howard County are Missouri Certified ACT Work Ready Communities.

  • Numerous commercial and industrial facilities are available for immediate occupancy.

  • Multiple office parks with existing “plug and play” facilities for lease and shovel-ready sites for purchase including AT&T Certified Fiber Parks.

  • Aggressive state and local incentive packages.

  • Multiple economic development professionals with expertise in site selection, project financing, and incentives coordination.

  • Significant capacity in water/wastewater, electric, natural gas, and communications/fiber.

  • Centralized location in the US offering proximity to all major US markets and all major US ports.

  • Highway transportation to include Interstate 70, 4-lane US Highway 63, and 4-lane US Highway 36 with connection to Interstate 72.

  • Two regional airports offering executive jet travel with commercial service available within 30 miles at the Columbia Regional Airport. The region is within a two-hour drive time of the St. Louis and Kansas City International Airports.

  • Area training and education facilities include the University of Missouri, Central Methodist University, Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly Area Community College, State Technical College of Missouri, State Fair Community College, Moberly Area Technical Center, and the Moberly Area Employer’s Training Consortium.

  • Walking and biking trails, lakes, and state parks to enhance the quality of for our citizens and help our employers attract and retain quality employees.

Howard County

Howard County was created under an act of the Missouri General Assembly, approved on January 13, 1816. It was named for Benjamin Howard, the first Missouri Territory governor. Howard County was the ninth organized county in the Missouri Territory and was created from the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles. Howard County was one of the several counties
settled mostly by southerners along the Missouri River. Given their culture and traditions, this
area became known as Little Dixie and Howard was the heart. An ideal central location for
business, Howard County is within two “truck days” of ninety percent of the United States –
meaning your semi shipment is just two days away from most of your customers. Kansas City
is two short hours away from the town of Fayette, and a drive to St. Louis takes just two and a half hours. There are six major highways in Howard County. They are: U.S. Route 40, Route 3, Route 5, Route 87, Route 124, Route 240.

Randolph County
Moberly, the largest city in Randolph County, is located near the center of the state, almost equally distanced between Kansas City and St. Louis. Four-lane US Highway 63 runs from the Iowa border south through Columbia allowing easy access to Interstate 70 and four lane US
Highway 36 creating the competitive advantage for Moberly’s businesses allowing for just-in time delivery to the entire nation. Moberly currently has building space as well shovel-ready
sites available for new or expanding industry.

Continued Growth

Recent investments in the business community include both expansions of existing facilities as well as entry of new businesses into the market. Recent new projects include Swift Prepared Foods and, MAEDC is committed to partnering with our businesses and yours to ensure successful operations and maximize profitability.

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