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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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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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Strength in Generations: The many benefits of age diversity in the workplace

Today’s workforce spans five generations — which can be a recipe for conflict when each generation comes to work with different worldviews, values and communication styles. But it’s also an opportunity to foster collaboration and leverage each generation’s strengths. “Sometimes we’re just tripping over each other or walking on eggshells because we don’t understand each other and we put wrong

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¡Bienvenido a Branson! To close a workforce gap, Branson employers turn to Puerto Rico

As a famous destination for country music and family entertainment, Branson thrives on tourism and hospitality. It’s a huge industry — one that long ago outgrew the capacity of the local workforce. Employers in the area have compensated by looking outside the country for seasonal workers via the federal H-2B visa program. This approach was working well until 2017, when

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Innovative re-entry programs show signs of success

Even with Missouri releasing an average of 19,000 inmates each year, the state’s prison population grew at an alarming rate between 2012 and 2017. A primary cause of the overcrowding was people found guilty of repeat nonviolent offenses or supervision violations, according to the Council of State Governments. But Shelle Jacobs, re-entry coordinator for the Missouri Department of Corrections, said

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