Economic Impact Study for Public Ports

Missouri has access to over 1,000 miles of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. These natural assets are a vital link to Missouri’s transportation chain. While public ports play an integral role in the transport of freight into and out of Missouri; it can be difficult to quantify the economic impacts ports bring to the state. Many ports rely on state or federal dollars to make infrastructure improvements, but it is difficult to secure these funds without this information. The objective of this project is to quantify the economic impacts of ports to the Missouri economy. Direct, indirect and induced impacts will be identified and quantified. The economic impact of funding port improvements will also be included in the analysis.