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.
To meet customers’ future energy needs, Evergy 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, Evergy 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.
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.
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.
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.
Based in Joplin, Missouri, Empire now serves as the headquarters for the Liberty Utilities Central Region, serving nearly 340,000 customers across seven states.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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