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What Happened at the LOREDC March 2018 Meeting?

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LOREDC is committed to serving the business community. In doing so, we try to meet every month. For members who may have missed the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council March meeting or for potential members who are thinking of joining LOREDC, this blog is for you. Keep reading to learn what was discussed at the March LOREDC meeting.


What Happened at the LOREDC March 2018 Meeting?
Members and friends of the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council met at Golden Corral on March 15th, 2018.  LOREDC President Jeana Woods presided and called the meeting to order at 12:21 PM.

Topics of Discussion
Minutes (Secretary – K.C. Cloke):  Secretary K.C. Cloke presented the minutes of the last LOREDC meeting which was held on February 15th, 2018.  Roger Corbin motioned to approve the minutes as proposed, seconded by Tim Jacobson.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer -Paul Hooper):  Jeana Woods presented the February financials in Paul’s place. As of Februa…

Why Choose the Lake of the Ozarks to Start Your Business At?

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While it may be the natural beauty of Lake of the Ozarks that first catches your eye, a closer look reveals a strong lakefront economy ... poised to help the long-term growth of your business. Centrally located in the heart of the Midwest, the Lake of the Ozarks is an ideal location for industry, manufacturing, retail, entrepreneurial endeavors, tourism, and retirement. The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council is here to give you a few reasons why people choose the Lake of Ozarks to start their businesses at.


Why Choose the Lake of the Ozarks to Start Your Business?
Reason # 1
Central Location
The beautiful Lake of Ozarks is conveniently located in Mid-Missouri, which means we get many visitors from all over Missouri every year. These visitors could be potential customers of your business.

Reason # 2
Skilled Workforce
Our area is filled with talented individuals of all ages that could be perfect additions to your company.

Reason # 3
Affordable Housing
While choosing wher…

The 2017 LOREDC Award Winners

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The Annual Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council Membership meeting was last week and we are honored to be able to announce the winners for Small Business Partner of the Year, Large Business Partner of the Year, Business Person of the Year, and Employee of the Year. We are committed to economic development at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are the winners.


LOREDC Award Recipients were: 


The Small Business Partner of the Year was presented to Mark and Brian Barrett, Owners of Dog Days Bar and Grill for taking their farming work ethic to the lakefront.  Since 1993, they have developed their business as a destination but they have also helped to develop the Lake community by hosting numerous fundraisers and special events that raised thousands of dollars for the causes.  In 2017, Dogs Days Bar and Grill made a 1.2 million dollar property investment which elevated their business to a premier entertainment complex while providing jobs for numerous full-time and seasonal em…

The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council is Seeking Nominations For Business Awards

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The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council (LOREDC) is excited to announce an opportunity to honor community leaders/businesses in the tri-county region!
The LOREDC Annual Business Awards applications will be accepted through December 31, 2017.  Nominations are open from any person or business in the tri-county region that has been in business for a minimum of six months and registered with the State of Missouri.



The categories for the 2017 Business Awards:
Small Business Partner of the Year – A small business (employing 50 or fewer employees) that has experienced significant business accomplishments in the past year i.e. growth in jobs and/or exemplary community involvement.
Large Business Partner of the Year – A large business(employing more than 50 employees) that has experienced significant business accomplishments in the past year i.e. growth in jobs and/or exemplary community involvement.
Emerging Venture of the Year -   A business or project that best displays th…

Benefits of Doing Business in Missouri

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While Missouri is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and just as many of America's largest private companies as designated by Forbes, the state is equally dedicated to the growth of smaller businesses as well. Missouri is all about economic and business growth. The state has maintained a solid business environment over the years and that stability helps companies that are new to the state plan for growth even before relocating business to Missouri. Let's take a look at a few of the advantages to doing business in the "Show-Me" State.
Missouri Labor Force  Missouri has one of the most valuable workforces you will find anywhere across the country. Based on high school graduation rates, Missouri has a better educated workforce than most other states. This means our workers have the basic competencies to support advanced manufacturing and logistics. Missouri is home to nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis, and nearly 140 other degree-granting institutions. …

Lake of the Ozarks: The BEST Recreational Lake in the USA!

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The Lake of the Ozarks region has one of the best qualities of life in the United States. Because we have such a wonderful place to live, it's also a great place to relocate your business in Missouri. One of the most significant attributes for the region is its natural scenic beauty along the 1150 miles of Lake Shoreline. Located in south central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest manmade lakes in the world and is surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

Here are some more reasons why Lake of the Ozarks is the Best Recreational Lake in the United States.


Eat What You Love - We have a Wide Range of Great Restaurants The Lake of the Ozarks has more than 100 restaurants to choose from, so regardless of the mealtime, you're sure to find something you love with the variety of choices. At the Lake, you'll find contemporary gourmet creations by world-renowned chefs, tasty Ozark barbecue, all-you-can-eat buffets, juicy bar-and-grill burgers, down-home favori…

2017 Demographics of the Lake of the Ozarks Region

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Lake of the Ozarks has experienced tremendous growth and development over the last 20 years and now boasts a population of more than 124,886 permanent residents and a thriving tourism industry. The popularity of the Lake of the Ozarks region is accentuated by its central location in Missouri; it is a similar distance from the state’s largest population centers, St. Louis and Kansas City. Because of the unique ability to build at the water’s edge and the availability of diverse activities, the Lake Area is projected to experience continued growth and development. Here's a snapshot of the 2017 demographics of the Lake of the Ozarks region:

Population of Lake Area The Lake of the Ozarks region is divided into three different counties: Camden, Miller and Morgan. As of 2015, the Missouri population was 6,093,000, and the Lake of the Ozarks area was home to 89,521 of those people. Let's take a look even further at the population of each county and then each city within those countie…