2018-2019 Sponsors

We appreciate each of the MEDC Annual Sponsors listed below.   Through these generous contributions, MEDC is able to offer affordable first-class professional development opportunities for its members; scholarships for advanced certifications and credentials, and continue to elevate the profession of economic development as a career choice state-wide.

Ameren MissouriAmeren Missouri, Missouri’s largest electric utility, provides electric service to 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation.  Ameren Missouri is also the state’s third largest distributor of natural gas, serving 126,000 customers in more than 90 communities.  With a service area of 24,500 square miles, Ameren Missouri has invested more than $1 billion in recent years in improving reliability and installing sophisticated air emission controls to protect the environment we all share.  That commitment to providing reliable, safe, clean energy is part of Ameren’s  Focused Energy. For Life.  promise to our customers, communities and investors.  The men and women of Ameren–over 9,000 strong—are focused on making sure that the energy our customers and communities need to live, work and grow is there–for today, for tomorrow, for life.

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Operating from headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, KCP&L has evolved into a full-service energy provider and resource. The company was founded in 1882 and has become one of the Midwest’s most affordable energy suppliers because of our leadership in fuel procurement, plant technology and efficient power production and distribution.  KCP&L services more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas counties – a service territory of approximately 18,000 square miles. Delivering that power requires 2,500 miles of transmission lines, over 26,000 miles of distribution lines and 392 substations.

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To meet customers’ future energy needs, KCP&L has developed a comprehensive energy plan that includes customer efficiency, affordability and demand response programs; 100.5 megawatts of wind generation; construction of an additional 850 megawatts of generation; infrastructure improvements; and environmental investments. In addition, KCP&L offers an economic development rider that provides qualifying customers to receive a discounted rate over five years.

The Company operates nine generating stations with 26 units and 10 peaking plants providing power to our customers and selling into the wholesale market. We have over 6,100 megawatts of efficient generation assets in operation or under construction. Approximately 75 percent of our fuel costs are from lower cost coal. In fall of 2006, the Spearville Wind Generation Facility was brought online to provide 100.5 megawatts of renewable energy.

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At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To warm homes, grow businesses and move communities forward. Every day we have the privilege of serving homes and businesses across Missouri. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow.Spire Logo

As the fifth-largest publicly traded natural gas company in the country, we are committed to growing our business, leading our industry and redefining what it means to serve our customers. The commitment is reflected in our mission to: answer every challenge, advance every community and enrich every life through the strength of our energy.

Let’s innovate together. We want to be more than your energy provider. We want to be your collaborative partner.

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MEDC sponsorship has its benefits. Platinum Level Sponsors will have their Company name/logo in all printed publications. The Company’s name/logo will be verbally and visually recognized at all three MEDC conferences during the year. In addition, a Company official will be invited to introduce one session speaker at one of the conferences of their choice.  Complimentary registration for one individual to attend two MEDC conferences.

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Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest higher educational institution in the region and the second largest in Missouri. STLCC has served more than 1.2 million students; at least one person in more than one-half of the households in the St. Louis area has attended the College.   Today, STLCC consistently ranks among the top associate degree-producing institutions in the United States. As the region’s largest educational resource for college transfers, career development and workforce training, we’re leading the way in student success, innovation and community transformation.

Preparing individuals for the workforce is just one way that St. Louis Community College makes an impact in the community and on the economy.  Research shows that for every $1 invested in their STLCC education, students receive a return on that investment of $5.10 in higher future income over their working careers. From a taxpayer perspective, every $1 of state or local tax money invested in STLCC returns $2.40 in benefits.  STLCC’s annual impact on St. Louis is $2 billion, or approximately 1.9 percent of the total St. Louis area economy. STLCC contributes more than $178 million in taxable income to the Missouri economy each year. Compared to someone with only a high school diploma, associate degree graduates, on average, earn $10,600 more annually over the course of a working lifetime.

There are many choices when it comes to completing your educational goals at STLCC and we want to prepare you for whatever path you choose.  STLCC offers 22 college-transfer options; nearly 80 career programs in the areas of arts and communications; business, management and technology; engineering and industrial technologies and trades; health services; human studies; science and science technology and continuing education, developmental courses and business/industrial training.

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Allstate Consultants LLC (Allstate) is a civil engineering consulting firm headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and is committed to diversifying services by hiring competent, hardworking individuals in the disciplines of engineering, surveying, geotechnical and investigation. Our team of 42 team members includes licensed engineers and surveyors, drafting and field crew technicians, construction observation and testing personnel, forensic and investigative personnel, economic development professionals and administrative office staff.Allstate Consultants Logo

We have specialized professionals in Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Crash Reconstruction, Flood Plain Management, Geology, Fire Investigation, LEED AP, Envision Sustainability and Indoor Air Quality. Construction services staff are certified by the American Concrete Institute for concrete and Nuclear Regulatory Commission for soil and asphalt testing.

Allstate has a geotechnical laboratory in the Columbia office capable of performing an extensive variety of geotechnical materials testing. We have Professional Engineers licensed in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Hawaii. We also have Land Surveyors licensed in Missouri and Kansas.

With a focus on partnership, Ron Shy started Allstate Consultants in 1975, working with contractors and a local planning commission in north-east and north-central Missouri. In addition to the public works, Ron provided comprehensive surveying and engineering services for numerous subdivisions and developments in the region. As word spread of Ron’s dedication to his clients so did the necessity to expand. In the early 1980s, Ron brought on additional team members and began offering services to Brashear, Downing, Memphis, Wyaconda and others.

Today, Allstate remains locally owned and operated with branch offices in Marceline and Lee’s Summit. Allstate continues to provide responsive, high-quality service with attention to detail and cost controls that have earned the trust of our repeat clients for decades.
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The Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET’s mission is to foster a strong economic environment resulting in the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and new investment in the area. The MAGNET serves as the lead contact for the area’s economic development efforts.Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET



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On January 3, 2017, Empire District joined the Liberty Utilities family. Empire is a regulated utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, to approximately 218,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the company provides fiber optic services.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, Empire now serves as the headquarters for the Liberty Utilities Central Region, serving nearly 340,000 customers across seven states.EmpireDist_LibertyUtilitiesLogo

The Company was organized in 1909 during Southwest Missouri’s mining boom and has grown in tandem with the region. Today Empire works to fulfill its mission of being a respected supplier of energy and energy-related services to homes and industry. The Company prides itself on maintaining a diverse fuel supply mix of coal, natural gas, and water to generate electricity, as well as purchasing power from the Elk River Wind Farm. Empire works hard to meet the ever-increasing needs of a consistently growing number of customers with the addition of new generation sources. The Company recently announced participation in two new coal-fired power plants, Plum Point, located near Osceola, Arkansas, and Iatan II, located in Platte County, Missouri. Empire also announced a purchase agreement with the Meridian Way Wind Farm.

This diversity of power sources allows Empire to produce and deliver energy more efficiently and at a competitive price while maintaining the environment for future generations. In addition to providing utility services, the Company also provides fiber optic services to customers.

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Gilmore & Bell P.C. was established in 1979 and is one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States with more than 60 attorneys nationwide. The Firm primarily represents states, counties, school districts and other governmental and quasi-governmental entities as bond counsel in public finance transactions. Complementing its core practice, Gilmore & Bell also acts as underwriter’s


counsel and bank counsel in public finance transactions. The Firm has an extensive tax and arbitrage rebate compliance practice that has grown in response to the increased complexity of Federal tax laws, regulations, and IRS audit examinations. In addition, the Firm provides continuing disclosure compliance services to issuers of municipal securities.

For more than 20 years, Gilmore & Bell has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally in the number of bond counsel opinions rendered on municipal bond issues, and the Firm consistently ranks 1st in the Midwest region, both in number and dollar volume of long-term state and local government bond issues. We strive to provide timely, effective and efficient service to assist our public finance clients in meeting their goals. This work ethic and practice integrity are at the core of our Firm’s culture.

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In Missouri more than 680,000 homes, farms and businesses count on their rural electric cooperatives to deliver electricity 24/7.

Missouri Electric Cooperatives uses a mix of resources to provide economical, reliable wholesale power supply to member cooperatives.

The Cooperatives’ Take Control & Save energy efficiency program builds on Missouri ’s electric cooperatives’ longtime work to help their members use electricity more efficiently and save money.Missouri Electric Cooperatives

The Cooperatives’ partnered in Missouri ’s first utility-scale wind farms, made possible by the cooperative’s vast transmission system and an agreement to buy all the power from the wind farms in northwest Missouri.

The Cooperatives’ also operate two coal-based power plants in Missouri that provide members low-cost, round-the-clock power; six low-emissions, gas-based plants; and renewable hydropower.

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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. MSU’s purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement. A total of 26,216 students are enrolled in the Missouri State system, making MSU the second largest university in the state. The Missouri State Missouri State University LogoUniversity system has four campuses located in Springfield, West Plains, Mountain Grove, and Dalian, China.

Missouri State University is committed to its role in economic development for the State of Missouri. Two of University’s strategic investments include the Jordan Valley Innovation Center and the eFactory. These facilities house more than 50 private companies by focusing on research, technology and entrepreneurship services. JVIC and the eFactory anchor MSU’s innovation district known as IDEA Commons, which blends Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and the Arts in downtown Springfield.

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Redevelopment Resources is a community impact consulting firm that empowers community leaders and business owners with resources to fund, predict and measure effective redevelopment and development projects.

Established in 2009, our team has a combined 160+ years of experience in providing development and redevelopment solutions and research services to municipalities, business, and organizations. Our solutions transform communities into marketable destinations for businesses, residents and visitors which enhance the vitality of the community and improve the local economy. Based in Madison, WI where our founding partners Kristen Fish-Peterson and Deborah Ersland live and work,  team members are located across Wisconsin and in Missouri, providing solutions and insights for:

· Economic & Community Development / Redevelopment / Workforce Development
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· Retail / Business Support
· Planning
· Marketing

Our team has brought impact to communities across Wisconsin, as well as in Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ontario, Illinois, and Iowa – and is excited to have a full-time presence in the Show Me State!

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Septagon Construction has played an integral role in helping build the Midwest for more than half a century. The full-service, single-source provider of construction services, headquartered in Sedalia, MO, has been a vibrant part of the Missouri and Iowa construction scene since 1948. With roots as one of the original Butler brand builders, the company has grown and earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s preferred industrial, commercial and institutional construction companies.

Septagon Construction bases its corporate culture on the premise of exceptional customer service – a value that employees practice daily. The company currently employs more than 200 people in its six different locations, which include Sedalia, MO; Columbia, MO; Jefferson City, MO; Osage Beach, MO; Des Moines, IA; and Cedar Rapids, IA. All of Septagon’s employees receive regular training to keep them up-to-date with the latest building methods, technology and safety developments.


The company offers a variety of construction services including design-build, construction management, general contracting, reroof and maintenance services. Septagon’s design-build process provides clients with a single source of responsibility for the planning, control, scheduling and construction of their project. With construction management, Septagon professionals manage a project and its trade contractors as the client’s eyes and ears, ensuring cost efficiency, quality control and professional representation of the client’s best interests. Under the general contracting method, Septagon works with the client’s design team to execute construction of the project, many times using its self-performing crews for concrete, steel erection and carpentry. Septagon is also known throughout the Midwest as one of the leading providers of metal reroofs and is staffed with experienced roofing professionals. Septagon’s maintenance services round out its comprehensive approach to satisfying a customer’s complete construction needs.

Septagon Construction also has in-house architectural and engineering services and through the design/build method of project delivery, design many of the buildings that Septagon constructs. Septagon also provides site selection, permitting, project and real estate development and multi-site projects throughout the Midwest.

Septagon’s primary building markets include manufacturing, distribution, commercial, schools, hospitals, and jails. According to Septagon President Stace Anderson, nearly 73 percent of Septagon’s business each year comes from past or current customers, and 24 percent from referrals.

Septagon is proud to be a long-time member and supporter of MEDC as well as many other professional, trade and civic organizations.

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 Members of the Training & Employment Administrators of Missouri help build the capacity of their Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEOs) and one-stop career center system staff. TEAM members serve as community leaders and advocates for their own workforce development system. Collectively though, TEAM is a vital conduit to bring together training and employment leadership; creating a unified voice and a vehicle to enhance the system for the benefit of Missouri’s employers and job seekers.Training & Employment Administrators of Missouri

TEAM is an association of local leaders serving as capacity builders and advocates for the workforce development system. TEAM will be the catalyst for affecting change, establishing policy, and providing leadership in the workforce development system to supply employers with a competitive workforce and to provide job seekers with training and employment opportunities that lead to careers that enhance their financial security and the economic climate of the local regions and communities in the State of Missouri.

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