Economic Development


Want to learn more about how your business can MAKE IT RICHMOND?
Contact the Richmond Economic Development Director Alicia Shaw at 816-776-5304 ext. 108 or


Richmond Living The City of Richmond is located 40 miles east of downtown Kansas City at the crossroads of Missouri Highways 10 and 13. Home to many historically significant sites, as well as the county seat for Ray, Richmond sits nestled quaintly in the heart of rural America.  Richmond has 6 well-landscaped parks plus 4 Star Shirkey Golf Course that attracts visitors from across the state and is considered by many to be one of the top five courses in Missouri. The downtown district provides a pleasant shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Historic buildings such as the Farris Theatre, built in 1901, commercial buildings and churches reflect the best of bucolic living.  Growth continues along Highway 13 in our newest shopping district.  Combine that with our established shopping and business districts, Richmond is the epitome of small town life.

The Ray County Memorial Hospital offers a variety of special services, manages a Home Health Care Agency and a Hospice Agency.

The Richmond R-XVI School District is proud to be a Bronze winner of the “Best High Schools” from the US News & World Report. The school district’s facilities include a high school, middle school and two elementary schools, serving about 1,770 students from Camden, Henrietta, Knoxville, Millville, Rayville and Richmond.


City Services:  City services include the Richmond Fire Department and the Richmond Police Department.  The City’s Recreation Department operates the Richmond Public Swimming Pool along with several recreational programs throughout the year.


County Living:  The centerpiece of the Ray County square is the courthouse, built in 1915, set on beautifully landscaped grounds.  With a total 1,486.49 sq. km of land and water area, Ray County, Missouri is the 1891st largest county equivalent area in the United States. Home to 22,949 people, Ray County has a total 9927 households earning 52698 on average per year.

Incentive Programs:
Chapter 353 tax abatement is an incentive allowed by Missouri law to encourage the redevelopment of blighted areas through the abatement of real property taxes. The city formed the Richmond Redevelopment District to administer this program. For more information regarding applications, downtown area development maps and the chapter 353 incentive policy, please contact Alicia Shaw, Economic Development Director at 816-776-5304.

Chapter 100 bond projects allow the city to issue bonds in order to assist in the financing of a project and provide sales tax exemption for project facility construction costs. The city utilizes these State of Missouri sales tax exemptions through the provisions established in the Revised Missouri State Statutes. Projects must meet certain criteria to qualify and approval is based on the discretion of City of Richmond. For more information please contact Alicia Shaw, Economic Development Director, at 816-776-5304

Enhanced Enterprise Zones  of Ray County is a program which provides property tax abatement on improvements made to real property to new or expanding businesses that locate in an Enhanced Enterprise Zone.  For more information on the Ray County Enhanced Enterprise Zones, please contact  Ray County Presiding Commissioner Bob King,  at 816-776-4507 or