Projects – Work with us

Featured projects

We enhance economic development opportunities by providing high-quality research and insights to our partners – Let us Exceed your expectations. We routinely work with businesses, communities, regions, governments and nonprofits through a variety of projects. View recent projects on this page and click the contact link at the bottom to obtain more information about engaging with the Exceed team.

  • Demographic, economic and workforce data training

    • Alan Spell gives a presentation on using data.
    • Give your team fundamental skills in public information data collection, analysis and visualization. MU Exceed has extensive data training experience and can customize the data training curriculum for one- or two-day programs with as many as 30 attendees. The in-person training teaches attendees how to use data through hands-on exercises, demonstrations, data communications practice and other methods.
    • Informational one-pager (PDF)
  • Bioscience labor market analysis

    • The BioSTL building in St. Louis, Mo.
    • Exceed recently conducted a labor market analysis for BioSTL, a nonprofit focused on growing the St. Louis economy through investments in agriculture, medicine, health care and other technology. Their analysis examines job demand for commercial bioscience positions, and it projects what demand will look like in the next 10 years.
    • BioSTL news release
    • Labor market analysis report (PDF)
  • Economic impact of Missouri's distilling industry

  • St. Louis agribusiness economic contribution

    • The importance of AgriBusiness to the St. Louis Economy - Summary prepared by St. Louis Agribusiness Club and University of Missouri Extension | Exceed
    • Exceed analyzed the economic value and importance of the agricultural industry to St. Louis and the surrounding area. This project measured the economic contribution of agribusiness, jobs supported by agribusiness and reviewed agribusiness employers in the St. Louis region. In addition to published reports, Exceed faculty also presented the findings to the St. Louis Agribusiness Club.
    • Economic Contribution Brief (PDF)
    • Additional Economic Study Deliverables

Past projects

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    Importance of off-farm income to the agricultural economy

    CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division partnered with Exceed to analyze the role of off-farm jobs in supporting our agricultural producers and rural communities. The report highlights the growing interdependence of rural and urban economies over the past several decades and demonstrates how critical off-farm jobs are to the income of farming households.

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    Migration and regional assets survey

    To shape the region into a more attractive place to live and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem, northwest Missouri (NWMO) leaders wanted to understand regional assets. Leaders also wanted to know if COVID-19 could make the region a more attractive place to live. MU Exceed partnered with the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri's Maximize NWMO Regional Vitality Initiative to conduct a survey to address these questions.

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    Economic impact of marina in Warsaw, Missouri

    Exceed analyzed the long-term economic benefits of a proposed marina to the city of Warsaw and surrounding Benton County. The marina is part of several planned transportation improvements in Warsaw that will increase tourism, housing and available business space in the downtown area. The marina economic impact analysis was included in a BUILD grant application the city submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Work with us

Exceed routinely partners with businesses, communities, regions, governments and nonprofits to enhance economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in Missouri. We offer consulting for clients on projects related to:

Regional economy evaluation

  • Project evaluation and survey support
  • Industry and occupational analysis
  • Cluster analysis

Rural economy growth strategies

  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem building
  • Growth strategy research and data synthesis
  • Strength, challenge, and opportunity assessments

Economic impact analysis

  • Impact modeling for grant/funding opportunities
  • Industry contribution analysis

Contact us to discuss your project