2016 – 2017 Annual Sponsors

Ameren MissouriAmeren Missouri, Missouri’s largest electric utility, provides electric service to 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation.  Ameren Missouri is also the state’s third largest distributor of natural gas, serving 126,000 customers in more than 90 communities.  With a service area of 24,500 square miles, Ameren Missouri has invested more than $1 billion in recent years in improving reliability and installing sophisticated air emission controls to protect the environment we all share.  That commitment to providing reliable, safe, clean energy is part of Ameren’s  Focused Energy. For Life.  promise to our customers, communities and investors.  The men and women of Ameren–over 9,000 strong—are focused on making sure that the energy our customers and communities need to live, work and grow is there–for today, for tomorrow, for life.

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Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.In Missouri more than 680,000 homes, farms and businesses count on their rural electric cooperatives to deliver electricity 24/7.

And they do with power from Associated Electric Cooperative , the wholesale power supplier to six regional and 51 local cooperatives in Missouri , southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma .

Associated Electric uses a mix of resources to provide economical, reliable wholesale power supply to member cooperatives.

Associated’s Take Control & Save energy efficiency program builds on Missouri ’s electric cooperatives’ longtime work to help their members use electricity more efficiently and save money.

Associated partnered in Missouri ’s first utility-scale wind farms, made possible by the cooperative’s vast transmission system and Associated’s agreement to buy all the power from the wind farms in northwest Missouri .

Associated also operates two coal-based power plants in Missouri that provide members low-cost, round-the-clock power; six low-emissions, gas-based plants; and renewable hydropower.

Associated’s environmental stewardship has been recognized nationally. Nominated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Associated was selected Wind Co-op of the Year by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Interior presented its highest award to Associated for its innovative reclamation of the Bee Veer Mine in Macon County , Mo. , which has been transformed into a mix of wildlife habitat, pasture and wetlands.

Associated also has improved air quality by investing $1 billion since 1994 to reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions from its coal units by 90 percent.

Associated Electric also is among the few utilities rated AA by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings Ltd. and rated A1 by Moody’s Investors Service. The financially strong cooperative employs about 665 people and is headquartered in Springfield, Mo. AECI, is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Empire District Electric CompanyThe Empire District Electric Company, based in Joplin, is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electricity, natural gas (through its wholly-owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, serving approximately 215,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

The Company was organized in 1909 during Southwest Missouri’s mining boom and has grown in tandem with the region. Today Empire works to fulfill its mission of being a respected supplier of energy and energy related services to homes and industry. The Company prides itself on maintaining a diverse fuel supply mix of coal, natural gas, and water to generate electricity, as well as purchasing power from the Elk River Wind Farm. Empire works hard to meet the ever-increasing needs of a consistently growing number of customers with the addition of new generation sources. The Company recently announced participation in two new coal-fired power plants, Plum Point, located near Osceola, Arkansas, and Iatan II, located in Platte County, Missouri. Empire also announced a purchase agreement with the Meridian Way Wind Farm.

This diversity of power sources allows Empire to produce and deliver energy more efficiently and at a competitive price while maintaining the environment for future generations. In addition to providing utility services, the Company also provides fiber optic services to customers.

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Kansas City Power & LightOperating from headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, KCP&L has evolved into a full-service energy provider and resource. The company was founded in 1882 and has become one of the Midwest’s most affordable energy suppliers because of our leadership in fuel procurement, plant technology and efficient power production and distribution.  KCP&L services more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas counties – a service territory of approximately 18,000 square miles. Delivering that power requires 2,500 miles of transmission lines, over 26,000 miles of distribution lines and 392 substations.

To meet customers’ future energy needs, KCP&L has developed a comprehensive energy plan that includes customer efficiency, affordability and demand response programs; 100.5 megawatts of wind generation; construction of an additional 850 megawatts of generation; infrastructure improvements; and environmental investments. In addition, KCP&L offers an economic development rider that provides qualifying customers to receive a discounted rate over five years.

The Company operates nine generating stations with 26 units and 10 peaking plants providing power to our customers and selling into the wholesale market. We have over 6,100 megawatts of efficient generation assets in operation or under construction. Approximately 75 percent of our fuel costs are from lower cost coal. In fall of 2006, the Spearville Wind Generation Facility was brought online to provide 100.5 megawatts of renewable energy.

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SeptagonSeptagon Construction has played an integral role in helping build the Midwest for more than half a century. The full-service, single-source provider of construction services, headquartered in Sedalia, MO, has been a vibrant part of the Missouri and Iowa construction scene since 1948. With roots as one of the original Butler brand builders, the company has grown and earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s preferred industrial, commercial and institutional construction companies.

Septagon Construction bases its corporate culture on the premise of exceptional customer service – a value that employees practice daily. The company currently employs more than 200 people in its six different locations, which include Sedalia, MO; Columbia, MO; Jefferson City, MO; Osage Beach, MO; Des Moines, IA; and Cedar Rapids, IA. All of Septagon’s employees receive regular training to keep them up-to-date with the latest building methods, technology and safety developments.

The company offers a variety of construction services including design-build, construction management, general contracting, reroof and maintenance services. Septagon’s design-build process provides clients with a single source of responsibility for the planning, control, scheduling and construction of their project. With construction management, Septagon professionals manage a project and its trade contractors as the client’s eyes and ears, ensuring cost efficiency, quality control and professional representation of the client’s best interests. Under the general contracting method, Septagon works with the client’s design team to execute construction of the project, many times using its self-performing crews for concrete, steel erection and carpentry. Septagon is also known throughout the Midwest as one of the leading providers of metal reroofs and is staffed with experienced roofing professionals. Septagon’s maintenance services round out its comprehensive approach to satisfying a customer’s complete construction needs.

Septagon Construction also has in-house architectural and engineering services, and through the design/build method of project delivery, design many of the buildings that Septagon constructs. Septagon also provides site selection, permitting, project and real estate development and multi-site projects throughout the Midwest.

Septagon’s primary building markets include manufacturing, distribution, commercial, schools, hospitals, and jails. According to Septagon President Stace Anderson, nearly 73 percent of Septagon’s business each year comes from past or current customers, and 24 percent from referrals.

Septagon is proud to be a long-time member and supporter of MEDC as well as many other professional, trade and civic organizations.

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St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is committed to maintaining a vibrant, diverse community with abundant opportunities for businesses and individuals alike. Our superb quality of life is attributable to excellent jobs, an educated workforce and pro-business climate. We are proud of the continuous strides made to enhance our local economy, which makes St. Louis County an ideal location for you and your company to grow and prosper.St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership serves as the county’s economic development agency, driving growth and prosperity in the most economically important county in Missouri. As the only economic development agency in the state to hold the esteemed Accredited Economic Development Organization from the International Economic Development Council, it provides a broad range of services through its six divisions: business development, business finance, economic development collaborative, real estate and community development, St. Louis Enterprise Centers, and World Trade Center Saint Louis.

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Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri (TEAM)Missouri’s local workforce system is organized in 14 regional Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and 40 local one-stop career centers. Each WIB helps local economies thrive by assisting employers and economic developers in identifying, testing, training, and placing job candidates.

Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri (TEAM) is the group that brings the 14 local WIBs together to strengthen the public workforce system and help improve Missouri’s competitiveness to attract and retain job investment.

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