COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give residents the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
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The records: The Missouri Department of Economic Development compiles economic statistics for the counties in the state.
Why you'd want them: The records offer specialized economic statistics for Boone County. This allows you to have a better understanding of the state of the economy in your county.
Where you get the records: Go to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center at missourieconomy.org and click on the Regional Information tab at the top of the page. From here you can access economic data for different regions in Missouri. Boone County is in the Central region.
How much will it cost: The information is free.