Category Archives: Data Dive

Data Dive: An investment in our future

By Nick Hartman Research and development spending is critical to our state’s economic future. Fortunately, Missouri’s private businesses and universities have made our state a leading location for this type of forward-thinking investment. Spending on research and development has seen a consistent rise. According to the Missouri 2030 Dashboard, Missouri ranks 16th in research and development as a percentage of

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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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Missouri ranks among top ten states for diversity in tech

It’s official: Missouri ranks 10th in the nation for the diversity of its tech workforce. As for percentage of women working for tech companies, Missouri has the 6th highest rank nationally. That’s just two of the findings in the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s new study, the Technology 2030 Report. The report dives deep into the workings of our state’s tech sector

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Missouri’s number of Work Ready certifications exceeds U.S. average

The Missouri Work Ready Communities initiative uses the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to identify the number of qualified workers available in a given community and what skill level they have. This gives economic developers valuable data to market their workforce quality. The Missouri 2030 Dashboard shows that since 2015, Missouri has remained above the U.S. average for number

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Data Dive: Business ownership in Missouri is higher than national average

As the economy continues to transition away from the traditional 9-5 workplace, some experts are forecasting a rise in business ownership. If that trend holds true, Missouri is slightly ahead of the curve. While owning a business is a commonly held dream in the United States, only about 6 percent of American adults have actually achieved that dream, according to

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Missouri trending upward in STEM education

There has been a tremendous emphasis in Missouri in recent years to encourage students to focus their efforts on excelling in science, technology, engineering and math. National data show this work is paying off, as the state is now performing better than most when it comes to students completing postsecondary STEM degrees and credentials. For every 1,000 Missouri students who

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