Economic Development

communityleadersBusiness leaders in Richmond work together to make the community business friendly, promote good economic development and quality of life experiences for people who choose to live, work and play here. Richmond is a peaceful rural community of 5,797 in 6.07 square miles that offers quality of life along with a low cost of doing business. Whether you are a startup mom and pop or a company needing room to expand and a ready workforce there are opportunities in Richmond. The City welcomes new businesses and is willing to talk about tax incentive availability.

Local business includes the raising of crops and livestock, finance, insurance, real estate, manufacturing, health, retail and service trades. Approximately 956 establishments offer employment to 6,455 people in a 15 mile radius. Richmond has a strong local labor force, as well as additional labor pool from many surrounding communities. The City works in partnership with the Richmond Redevelopment Corporation to assist businesses in our community.

Utilities and services are provided by the following:
• Water – City of Richmond
• Sewer – City of Richmond
• Trash Collection/Recycling – Heartland Waste
• Power – KCPL
• Natural Gas – Empire

Major employers:
• Henkel Corporation Branch – 411
• Richmond R-XVI School District – 242
• Wal-Mart – 213
• Shirkey Leisure Acres – 213
• Ray County Memorial Hospital – 201
• Ideal Industries, Inc. – 100
• McDonalds – 55
• City of Richmond – 50
• Ray County – 42
• John Letzig Convenience Stores – 37
• Ray Carroll Fuels & Grain Growers – 36
• Sonic – 32
• Fowler Bus Company – 30
• Rhino Linings – 24

Two state routes, MO 10 and MO 13 run through the City connecting it to the major economic center in Kansas City to the west and south to Interstate 70, approximately 20 miles. The largest of these employers generate considerable amounts of traffic. The largest commercial center of activity is located along MO 13/Spartan Drive south to MO 10. Several businesses are located within this area including Wal-Mart, a furniture store, a bank, a lumber yard, fast-food restaurants and a hotel. This area serves the needs of the city and Ray County residents as well as highway travelers.

Richmond’s unique heritage is coming alive through arts and cultural attractions located downtown. Major festivals and events draw thousands of visitors to Richmond each year. The downtown neighborhood is home to various office buildings and services. Active Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Richmond District members provide business networking opportunities and can help you with your business planning needs.

Our Access Richmond transportation master plan will take us into the future for business expansion needs. In addition, we have access to rail service and seven barge lines that operate on the Missouri River shipping channel. Hunt Midwest’s SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex hosts one of the largest Foreign Trade Zone spaces in the United States and easily accessible via MO 13.

See local maps for existing and planned local access points:

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Whether you are looking to expand or get started, Richmond is ready for you to come check us out and MAKE IT RICHMOND!

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Want to learn more about how your business can MAKE IT RICHMOND?
Contact the Richmond Economic Development Director Alicia Shaw at 816-776-5304 ext. 108 or