Missouri is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and just as many of “America’s Largest Private Companies” as designated by Forbes. Three primary strengths are putting the state on the short list of today’s relocating companies: labor, logistics, and long-term business benefits. Its key industries include Life SciencesTransportation and LogisticsInformation TechnologyFinancial ServicesNational SecurityAgricultural BusinessAutomotive and Energy.

Bastian took part in a business FAM trip sponsored by Missouri designed to showcase its economic development assets, especially those focused on life sciences. After meeting with the Governor, other government officials, senior executives and community leaders at various events and facilities, she wrote a major story for Area Development, a national economic development magazine. (One highlight was the bucket-list worthy activity of riding in fast pace car weaving between hundreds of bicyclists competing in the 2009 Tour of Missouri, a globally renowned biking event. )  While travelling to cities between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, Bastian especially enjoyed visiting Medicago (a research firm making swine flu vaccine from the common tobacco plant), the Danforth Plant Science Center, Monsanto’s HQ and Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

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