CEO Guide to Site Selection



The Geo-Resolution 2021 conference helped the Show-Me State double down on its thriving geospatial analysis and cybersecurity sectors. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which broke ground on its new western regional headquarters in St. Louis in 2016, is scheduled to open in 2025. Several prominent geospatial companies have opened new offices and facilities in the region. In other industries, Diode Dynamics, TierPoint and La-Z-Boy announced projects here in 2021.

“Covid-19 had an overwhelming impact on businesses and communities across the state, but our economy continues to come back strong. We have made great progress in a short amount of time, and we must remain vigilant in our efforts and ensure our small businesses have the support they need to recover and succeed.”
Mike Parson


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Missouri Works: Offers access to capital through with- holdings or tax credits to embark on facility expansions and create jobs.

Missouri One Start: A new tool to help businesses re- cruit, onboard and train large numbers of job applicants during major expansions through customized training solutions.

BUILD Program: Offers financial incentives, including low interest loans, for the location or expansion of large business projects through the issuance of tax-exempt revenue bonds.

Missouri Works–Deal Closing Fund: A negotiating tool to close deals by granting tax credits up front during a business expansion, rather than over a multi- year period.


Missouri Department of Economic Development

Missouri Partnership

Missouri One Start

Springfield Regional Economic Partnership

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership


The National Security Crossroads is a multi-state initiative with Kansas that aims to raise awareness of and facilitate collaboration and efficiencies within national security missions to the Heartland region. The crossroads area is home to seven major military bases and 11 national security installations. The program will facilitate workforce, talent growth and collaboration between installations to educate legislators and others in the region on the value of the industry.


  • Anheuser-Busch announced in April 2021 it will invest $100 million in a grain repurposing facility at its St. Louis campus and create 50 jobs.
  • Deli Star Corporation announced in July 2021 plans to locate its new headquarters in St. Louis. The $99 million capital investment will bring 475 jobs to the region.
  • Diode Dynamics announced in August 2021 the construction of a new headquarters in St. Charles.
  • Pet supply company Chewy cut the ribbon on a new ecommerce fulfillment center in Belton in August 2021 that will eventually create 1,200 jobs.
  • La-Z-Boy announced in July 2021 it will invest an additional $30 million in its manufacturing facility in Neosho.
  • MSI announced in September 2021 plans to launch a new showroom and distribution facility in St. Louis.
  • TierPoint announced in September 2021 a $20 million expansion in the St. Louis region.


10 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state:

  • Centene Corporation 
  • Emerson Electric
  • Reinsurance Group of America 
  • O’Reilly Automotive
  • Edward Jones Investments 
  • Graybar Electric
  • Olin 
  • Ameren
  • Post Holdings 
  • Peabody Energy

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.