Community and County-Level support: From the initial formation of the
501(c)3 organization, the Ag Expo Center has enjoyed enthusiastic
support from the community and the Buchanan County Commission.
Completion of a full-service bridge and interchange across Highway 36:
This multimillion-dollar improvement to the region opens the door
to significant economic growth and job creation.
A road to the north and the south of the interchange: These roads provide
the catalyst to state-of-the-art developments in this critical area of the
Midwestern Agricultural Triangle.
Many legal milestones have been achieved surrounding the purchase of the
145-acre site adjacent to Highway 36, including the repurposing and preparation
of farmland as a catalyst for future development and additional jobs.
Job creation as the project has unfolded, reaching 200-plus positions or
opportunities in the region.
A $4.6 million grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) allowed
the Ag Expo Center to begin work gaining access to the property from Highway 36 and
extended to the north. This economic development grant was the first of its kind in
rural Missouri and required the project to produce 60 jobs.
On Sept. 30, 2020, the site sold to a successful regional development company, with
all indebtedness retired. A sum of $1.3 million is on hand to move forward with
financial strength toward a new venue that maintains the original vision.