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Kirksville Regional Economic Development (K-REDI) recently retained the Growth Services Group (GSG), a national workforce intelligence and consulting firm, to conduct a Labor Commuting Certification for the community. The Labor Commuting Certification provides a quick overview of the Commuting Worker Flows and the sources, destinations and characteristics for Kirksville and Adair County, Missouri.

The primary goal for the report is to assist the Kirksville area and the larger labor market and to communicate Live/Work information clearly and effectively through graphical means and address the ongoing development and workforce needs of the area employers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. The focus is to show the Kirksville area as a leading labor magnet in the 60-mile radius and to identify the sources, destinations and characteristics of the workforce and where they live and work.

The availability, skills, talents and education of an area’s workforce is becoming more and more a community’s most important asset for economic activity. This profile is about measuring and quantifying workforce availability in a laborshed from which the employment center draws its commuting workers, with data drawn from the US Census.

The Report is used to assist local major employers as well as those looking to make new investment in the region by providing a clear understanding of the availability of skilled labor in the laborshed. An important first step in identifying local labor markets is to examine the commuting patterns of individuals who live or work in an area.

Kirksville Economic Development, Incorporated has been working to bring more business opportunities to our area since 2003. For additional information about K-REDI visit the organization’s website at

For more information, please contact:

Carolyn Chrisman Executive Director, K-REDI

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