What are Industry Clusters?
An industry cluster is a group of businesses linked by core products or services. These businesses may have common supply chains, labor needs, technologies and markets. This creates a strong economic interdependence.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development identifies eight "Industry Clusters" for targeting. The clusters are based on research provided by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), existing initiatives, industry strength, and future growth potential.
What is the Purpose of Identifying Targeted Industry Clusters?
By identifying targeted industries using a common definition, a framework is created allowing multiple agencies, organizations, and policy makers to work together using unified concepts. With a consistent cluster definition, information can be provided on regional employment concentrations, staffing patterns, employers, and leading firms. Issues can then be addressed in a coordinated fashion for strengthening target industries with regards to skills, education, recruitment, and incentives.
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