Located in west-central Missouri, the Pioneer Trails Region is made up of Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline Counties and encompasses 2,900 square miles. The region is directly east of the Kansas City Metropolitan and is bordered on the north by the Missouri River. Interstate 70 and US Highway 50 both run east/west through the region and Missouri Highways 13 and 65 travel north/south. Forty minutes west of the flagship school of the University of Missouri system at Columbia, and only half an hour from the heart of the Kansas City Plaza shopping district, Pioneer Trails region is an agrarian and ex-urban delight. Home to University of Central Missouri, Missouri Valley College, Wentworth Junior College and State Fair Community College, as well as the nations’ only home for the B-2 Bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, it is equally home to the 151,000 plus who live here.
With rolling hills, woodlands, extremely fertile farm ground, and all of the history of westward expansion from the Santa Fe Trail to the Civil War, the region provides solace, education and entertainment on a daily basis to all who pass or linger. Home to the Missouri State Fair as well as the principal birthplace of Ragtime, our region beckons thousands of touriststs each season. Attractions as diverse as Truman Reservoir just to our south, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lyceum Theater at Arrow Rock (itself a preserved early-1800’s journey through time – the entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places) are a constant counterpoint to the simple joys of rural life.
Abundant educational opportunities provide a cornerstone for our strong industrial base, and enjoy a solid history of support for the development and ongoing training of an extremely diverse labor force. From agricultural processing to biotechnology, the region pumps a steady stream of food and ideas into the world economy. Home to both major corporations and sole-proprietorship entrepreneurial ventures, the foundation for solid growth is in place in Pioneer Trails.