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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Here's an op-ed piece from the lobby of the Associated Industries of Missouri. Expect many more pieces dealing with the themes presented below...as the Luminary has tirelessly pointed out in past coverage and editorials, the revolution may not be here but it's just over the hill. Here's Ray McCarty's take. -- Ed.
When you think of the nation’s high-tech centers, California and New York probably spring to mind. But think closer to home. You may not consider the technology, innovation and talent that are driving the nation’s economy from so-called flyover states. But Missouri is moving into position among the nation’s leaders in innovation and technology. As a result, America’s economy is receiving a big push from the Heartland.
Just last week, a new study reported that the local economic ranking of almost every metropolitan area in Missouri increased, with Kansas City ranking in the top ten of 366 metro areas nationwide. Also last week, the Federal Reserve released a survey that found the economy grew moderately in areas including Kansas City and St. Louis, and companies continued to hire.
That’s no surprise to me. But it may be a surprise to you that a technology company like MasterCard, which has built and sustains the innovative payment network behind commerce, is one example of Missouri’s overlooked treasures.
MasterCard has long recognized and sought to hire the nation’s best and brightest to work in its largest office and technology headquarters here in Missouri. MasterCard creates large economic ripples in this state by creating and retaining good paying jobs right here at home. Associated Industries of Missouri is proud that quality employers like MasterCard are located in our state, providing high quality jobs for our excellent workforce.
The value of our workers and residents to technology companies like MasterCard was on display again at this past week’s iKC event where hundreds of the Midwest’s most talented entrepreneurs and innovators gathered. They came from startups and large corporations alike and are joining with local and national leaders to promote enterprise and build upon our economically competitive Heartland. MasterCard has initiated a public education program, Master Your Card-Missouri, to help small businesses, consumers and state and local governments get more from electronic payment technologies
and was a major sponsor of iKC because they know just how much we can do with innovation and technology.
Associated Industries of Missouri offers a tip of the hat to MasterCard and hundreds of innovative employers and entrepreneurs like them for their continued belief and investment in Missouri’s best and brightest.
Ray McCarty is the president 0f the Associated Industries of Missouri.