The Missouri Chamber of Commerce says not only is Missouri doing well in business growth, but it’s doing better than many of its neighbors. Chamber President Dan Mehan says that can be attributed to some of the policies enacted this past legislative session, such as the repeal of the corporate franchise tax.
Mehan says a recent study by the US Chamber of Commerce had Missouri placed last for competitiveness, which he says he just doesn’t understand. He says going through each of the categories, Missouri is doing well in cost of living, higher education output, and overall business climate, to name a few.
Mehan says Missouri can continue to grow by taking advantage of the opportunity to set up an air hub in St. Louis for imports from China, and that will be the Chamber’s first priority next year. He says also Missouri should be taking advantage of opportunities to draw data centers from large corporations like IBM.