contains all the economic development information for all towns and counties for SOAR.

For geographic codes click here.


Civic Contacts for SOAR

OFRPCFelicity Brady, Ex Dir573-785-6402felicity@ofrpc.org
SCOCOGJohnny Murrell, Ex Dir417-256-4226jmurrell@scocog.org
WIBMelissa Robbins417-257-2630×201/204scw004@centurytel.net
WIB ChairGarland Barton HR DRS (417) 
Big Sprngs ResBecky Paxton573-714-5193bpaxtonpoplar@semo.net
MO Partnership877-725-0949


County Links

Please select the county of interest:

Community Links

Please select the community of interest:

Regional Links





Providers in SOAR Region:



Technology Degrees/Training/Classes:

  • Missouri State University-West Plains
  • Ozark Mountain Technical Center – Mtn. Grove
  • Oz Small Business Incubator – West Plains
  • Ozark Foothills Business Incubator – Poplar Bluff

Internet Broadband Initiative Links:


Missouri State Links

Business Development

Missouri offers numerous sites to assist with business start-up and relocation:

  • Missouri incentive programs and resource portals: Click here
  • Missouri business start-up process assistance: Click here
  • Missouri University Extension business start-up classes: Click here
  • Oz Small Business Incubator start-up training for western counties of the region: Click here
  • Missouri University inventions and innovation assistance: Click here
  • Missouri Economic Development Business Assistance: Click here
  • Missouri Business Solutions: Click here
  • Missouri Secretary of State for incorporation assistance: Click here
  • Business start-up information for young entrepreneurs: Click here
  • Ozarks Foothills Regional Planning Commission business start-up training for eastern counties of the region: Click here
  • Missouri Workforce Development: Click here
  • Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center: Click here
  • Missouri Economic Development Council: Click here
  • Rural Missouri Inc. offers micro-loans: Click here
  • University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis: Click here

The South Central Workforce Investment Board provides customized training assistance, bonding programs for hiring at-risk workers and management assistance services for businesses expecting or undergoing layoffs. Career Readiness Certification, on the job training programs and the Work Ready Missouri Programs are available for prospective employees. For more information, click here. Available Commercial Development Building Sites: Missouri Department of Economic Development has initiated an online search engine for prospective employers called ‘Location One’ County Links. It is still in the developmental stages and requires uploading local information in collaboration with regional planning commissions. Some counties and/or communities have Enhanced Enterprise Zones. For information regarding this program, click here. To establish an Enhanced Enterprise Zone consult census block group map by county.

Civic Contacts

GovernorJay Nixon(573) 751-3222
Lt. GovernorPeter Kinder573.751.4727
District 25Doug Libla Ag & Ed Com(573) 751-4843use web portal
District 33Mike Cunningham(573) 751-1882
District 20Jay Wasson EcD,SB,WF866-242-0810use web portal
District 3Gary Romine ED Com (573) 751-4008use web portal
Dist 120Jason Smith Pres
Dist 141Tony 
Dist 142Robert 
Dist 144Paul Fizwater573-751-2112
Dist 143Jeff 
Dist 155Lyle Rowland573-751-2042/
Dist 153Steve 
Dist 154Shawn Rhoads573-751-1455
DEDMike Downing, Acting
DED Dist 7 SCLuke Holtschneider(573)
DOTMark Shelton/Michelle
WIBKeith A. Gary/Maida Coleman(573)
MO Dept of AgriJon Hagler, Dir.(573)
MDC-Ozark Reg417-256-7161
Career CenterJulie Gibson, Dir.
Career Center WPBrenda Owens(417)


Federal Links

Business Development

Federal resources for small business and economic development include:

Civic Contacts

PresidentBarack Obama202-456-1111use web portal
Rep 8th DistrictJason Smith(573) 335-0101
SenateClaire McCaskill(314) 918-8100
SenateRoy Blunt(202) 224-5721blunt@senate.gov
USDA CtrAnita Janie Dunning(573)
EPA Region 7Bob Perciasepe(202) 564-4711use web portal
USFS Region 9Doug Oliver573-364-4621
GSA Reg 6/MO SoJames Haynes(816)
OzNatScenRivBill Black573-323-4236ozar_superintendent@nps.gov
Rural DevelopmentDale Weaver ?573-663-2507
Rural DevelopmentMark
Rural DevelopmentBob Burtrum/Danny
DELTA Reg AuthMichael G. Marshall(662) 624-8600mmarshall@dra.gov
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