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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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The Transformational Impact of Missouri’s Millennials

Hollywood and popular culture have created the myth of the college-aged entrepreneur with movies like The Social Network and the buzz around young, successful CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg. As usual, Hollywood’s representation is inaccurate and Zuckerberg is an outlier in a group more likely to be in their forties than in a college dorm. First Round Capital’s annual survey, The

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Making a Splash: City purchase of Excelsior Springs in 1935 led to construction of historic Hall of Waters

Prior to September 1935, the wells and springs at Excelsior Springs in western Missouri were privately owned and operated. That changed when a nearly $1 million federal Public Works Administration loan and grant enabled the City of Excelsior Springs to purchase the natural resources. A year later, the city had begun construction for the Hall of Waters — an impressive

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Preserving the past, inspiring the future: Leadership Missouri alumni donate $72,300 for Governor’s Mansion restoration

The Governor’s Mansion, Missouri’s front door, stands as an icon of our state’s rich history — and its bright future. It’s critical that Missouri makes a strong first impression with its visitors, and the condition of the mansion plays an important role in that. “Each year, more than 60,000 people visit the mansion. Dozens of events are held here. Leaders

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