Doing Business Here



The intersection of two major four-lane highways less than a mile away provides excellent access to the entire St. Louis – Kansas City region and the nation, with a population of more than 70 million within a day’s drive. Macon’s excellent business climate includes a cost of living 4% below the state average and 14% below the national average. That’s why successful firms like Con Agra and POET Biorefining have major operations here.

Business Climate

Missouri ranks in the top ten out of all states for the following items:

  • Best State Economic Development Agency: Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • #5 – Low State Gas Taxes: Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • #5 – Lowest Business Costs: Missouri Partnership
  • #5 – Best Corporate Taxes: Tax Foundation
  • #7 – Best Unemployment Insurance: Tax Foundation
  • #8 – Low Property Tax Index: Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • #8 – Low Business Tax Burden: Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • #9 – Most Pro-Business State: Missouri Department of Economic Development



2022 NE MO Labor Supply Certification



Top 10 Major Employers

Conagra Brands – 374 Jobs

Samaritan Hospital – 236 Jobs

Macon Public School – 203 Jobs

Loch Haven Nursing Home – 187 Jobs

Onshore Outsourcing – 80 Jobs

Chariton Valley – 77 Jobs

Walmart – 71 Jobs

Pear Tree – 65 Jobs

MO DOT – 63 Jobs

Macon Health Care Center – 60 Jobs



Macon County Economic Development partners with local and regional organizations to impact the issues that are important to our investors. Regionally, we support Missouri Northeast and Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments who work with stakeholders in their respective areas to promote economic issues, share programs and priorities and boost the image of the region as a whole.

Statewide, we partner with several entities, including Missouri Economic Development Council and Missouri Partnership to boost our shared needs and priorities to the next level, work to bring new business to our communities and support existing businesses with programs and services. 


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Workforce & Demographics

Incentives 2023





Your connector, facilitator and partner.  From businesses looking to start, expand or to those looking to relocate to the Macon County Region — including the cities of Macon, Atlanta, Bevier, LaPlata, New Cambria, Callao, Elmer and Ethel.