Economic Development

Richmond MARC Area Map Richmond, Missouri is a peaceful community of 5,797 in 6.07 square miles that offers quality of life and a low cost of doing business. Located just east of Kansas City via Missouri Hwy 210, we are close enough to connect with the KC Metro area, while maintaining a rural atmosphere. The City is “open for businesses” and has available tax incentive programs.

Local business includes finance, insurance, real estate, manufacturing, health care, retail, service trades and agriculture. 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 workforce from surrounding communities.

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

Major Employers:
• Shirkey Health Services – 415
• Henkel Corporation Branch – 411
• Richmond R-XVI School District – 242
• Wal-Mart – 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

State routes MO 210, 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. Our Access Richmond transportation master plan provides long-term goals for business expansion needs. In addition, we have access to rail service and seven barge lines that operate on the Missouri River shipping channel just a few miles away. 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 210.

Maps for existing and planned local access points (click on map to enlarge):


• Water – City of Richmond
• Sewer – City of Richmond
• Electric – KCPL
• Natural Gas – Liberty Utilities
• Trash Collection/Recycling – Heartland Waste

Available Sites:
The City of Richmond has numerous available retail and industrial development sites. Please visit the following link for additional details: Richmond Available Site -LOIS

Incentive Programs:
Chapter 353 tax abatement is an incentive allowed by Missouri law to encourage the redevelopment of blighted areas through the abatement of real property taxes. The city formed the Richmond Redevelopment District to administer this program. For more information regarding applications, downtown area development maps and the chapter 353 incentive policy, please contact Alicia Shaw, Economic Development Director at 816-776-5304.

Chapter 100 bond projects allow the city to issue bonds in order to assist in the financing of a project and provide sales tax exemption for project facility construction costs. The city utilizes these State of Missouri sales tax exemptions through the provisions established in the Revised Missouri State Statutes. Projects must meet certain criteria to qualify and approval is based on the discretion of City of Richmond. For more information please contact Alicia Shaw, Economic Development Director, at 816-776-5304 or view the Missouri Department of Economic Development Chapter 100 Guidance Information.pdf.

ThinkKC Richmond Demographics
DataUSA Richmond Demographics
KC Workforce Ray County Demographics
Richmond US Census Data

Workforce Development:
MO One Start-Customized Training
Full Employment Council

Useful Links and Business Resources:
Richmond New Business Information (pdf)
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
University of Missouri Extension Business and Community
Missouri Small Business Development Centers

Richmond Business Development:
Richmond Business Development