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Regional Overview

 

Scenic Ozark setting.

Top terrain for tech and business.

Missouri Ozarks = world-changing research + globally leading products + a scenic landscape.

A surprising equation? Not when you know Rolla-St. James, Missouri. Since its earliest days, pioneering growth has always been a leading factor in the success of this unusually intelligent and resourceful south-central Missouri region. In 1870, the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy opened its doors in Rolla as the first technological university west of the Mississippi River.  Around the same time, Italian and German immigrants began growing grapes in St. James soil that proved perfectly suited for vineyards that would help transform Missouri into America’s second largest wine-making state prior to Prohibition.

Today, that pioneering mining university has evolved into Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the nation’s top five engineering schools, a global powerhouse of research and learning. And St. James is still a premier wine producer at the heart of the nationally designated Ozark Highlands American Viticulture Area. Meanwhile, nearby Fort Leonard Wood, opened in 1940, has grown into one of the Army’s leading educational centers, host to multiple schools including the Army School of Engineering. Every year thousands of military personnel come from more than 120 countries to train, learn and lead here, even as the Leonard Wood Institute and Missouri S&T’s researchers have become key collaborators in burgeoning synergistic enterprises and emerging industrial clusters.

Leading products that are world-changing, life-saving: Today in Rolla-St. James, while our vintage wines are aged before they are savored, our cutting-edge thinking is ahead of the curve. Thanks to Rolla-St. James manufacturing, glass nano fibers are transforming liver cancer treatment and wound care, even as electromagnetic testing services and equipment supports advanced manufacturing processes world-wide.  Our semiconductor sector is making it possible for ever-sleeker and more reliable cellphones; factory floors all over the globe are moving faster through improved software created here, and soldiers overseas are safer, thanks to enhanced technology developed here to detect improvised explosive devices.

A location conducive to performance: Like a semiconductor flowing high volumes of electrical energy in a compact, efficient design, Rolla-St. James channels high-performing human energy in a micropolitan setting conducive to productivity. A location on I-44 in a rising  Tech 44 corridor puts manufacturers in prime position to reap the benefits of state-of-the-art logistical and technological connections. Transport flows here, and so does innovation. Immersed in Ozark beauty, surrounded by the sparkling springs and rivers of the Mark Twain National Forest, innovators think more easily, workers work more productively, and life is more rewarding at every stage.

Vintage quality of life: With Missouri S&T setting the standard in higher education, great Pre-12 schools graduate students ready for college, work and life. And in a designated “Missouri Dream Community,” Rolla’s vibrant Downtown has drawn more than $10 million in redevelopment investment encouraging historic preservation as well as arts and entertainment achievement and enjoyment. Residents savor life year-round with bluegrass jams and wine-tasting festivals like the hugely popular St. James Grape and Fall Festival, a regional highlight for more than 80 years.

Good thinking, great work, great life: Once you know all the factors of Rolla-St. James’ unusually productive equation, it’s no surprise that this scenic Ozark setting is the top terrain for business, with the perfect solution for you.

News Releases
May 4, 2016

CITY OF ROLLA EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE FEDEX GROUND TO BUILD AND RELOCATE INTO LARGER LOCAL FACILITY 140,000 sq ft facility to serve growing shipping needs of regional customers. The Rolla Regional Economic Commission and the Rolla…

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January 26, 2016

Hartmann US selects Rolla for first US manufacturing site. The Rolla Regional Economic Commission (R.R.E.C.) announced today the company with which they have been working since early fall, under…

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