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About Jefferson City
The capital city of the state of Missouri, Jefferson City sits in Cole County and is named after Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the United States). Touted as America's "Most Beautiful Small Town", it's perched on the southern side of the Missouri River in the wine-growing region of the Midwest. Often referred to as simply "Jeff", it's home to the Lincoln University that was founded in 1866. The city is a tourist destination and where you will find the Missouri State Penitentiary that opened in 1836. The likes of James Earl Ray (assassin of Martin Luther King Jnr), bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd and numerous other infamous Americans were housed in this prison until it closed in 2004. In 2017 Jefferson City was ranked as the 5th best small city to start a business in the United States because of its growth in the number of investors and low corporate taxes. Coworking venues have appeared in its streets to cater to the rapidly evolving startup scene.
Missouri is lumped in with Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas as the "Silicon Prairie" for having a wealth of innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and talented minds within the area and for being the best cities for tech startups. The Missouri startup community is focused on building quality high-paying jobs to leverage regional industries within its state making the most of its resources and talent. Its government launched the Innovation Task Force in June 2017 to "spur startup activity and innovation" within its state. It's reaping the rewards of such a move creating a robust tech landscape involved in a diverse range of markets from software development to hardware and services/SaaS firms.
Missouri has a combination of talent and entrepreneurial spirit driving the momentum of its tech scene and now that coworking venues have opened their doors, its locals have the perfect place to hang out in collaborative mode.
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