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Powered up: Grid overhaul provides a boost to businesses across Missouri

Legislation passed in 2018 promised to modernize Missouri’s electrical grid. Today, that’s becoming a reality as our state is undergoing its biggest across-the-board power system upgrade. The work is massive in scale and amounts to more than a billion dollars in investment each year for Missouri. Yet, for most consumers, the changes happening so far are largely invisible — even

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Venture Capital Checkup: Young companies illustrate improving entrepreneurship climate

Weight, blood pressure, wellness questions — a visit to the doctor’s office today generates a lot of data. Although this provides crucial insight into a patient’s well-being, it’s only a snapshot. Relying on this episodic information alone can leave caregivers blind to daily changes or concerning trends that develop between visits. Blake Marggraff wants to fill in those blanks. The

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Fintech in Missouri: Finance institutions increased tech workforce 19 percent in past five years

Along with research released in the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Technology 2030 report earlier this year, Economic Leadership LLC conducted a spinoff study focused on Missouri’s financial tech industry (fintech). As explored in Technology 2030, the technology sector offers great economic opportunity for Missouri, a state that remains a low-cost location compared to coastal cities. Technology work in the financial sector

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Data Dive: Revisiting Missouri’s Broadband status

Around this time last year, we took a close look at Missouri’s broadband ranking and the many ongoing efforts to deploy more high-speed internet across the state, particularly in rural areas. Missouri has since scored several big wins to improve broadband access. A new Office of Broadband Development was established within the Missouri Department of Economic Development, headed up by

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Capitalizing on Cryptocurrency: Missouri is a leading state for bitcoin usability

By Jacob Luecke & Shawna Scott It would probably surprise most Missourians to discover their state is in the top 10 for bitcoin usability, but that’s exactly what a recent RewardExpert report has found. Once dismissed as a short-lived fad, cryptocurrency is rising in popularity. Ten percent of U.S. adults have cryptocurrency assets, the study revealed, and with five Bitcoin

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Our brush with a tornado

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the tornado that struck Jefferson City on May 22. The storm’s path took it straight through the heart of the city. As it entered town, the tornado demolished part of the Riley Auto Group’s dealership campus. From there it proceeded northeast through businesses, homes and apartments before crashing through the city’s downtown historic

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Tornado Damage

The EF-3 tornado that struck Jefferson City on May 22, 2019 did extensive damage to the business district and homes that neighbor the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry building. The Missouri Chamber was fortunate to suffer only minor damage in the storm. Donations to help Jefferson City’s recovery can be made to the United Way of Central Missouri’s Disaster

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