Although the state’s expenditures have been a boon for small businesses, the money is often funneled through out-of-state companies that serve as prime contractors.
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Many universities, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast, have declining enrollments and high school graduate pools. MU is trying to change the state's perception of the university and attract more students.
Between 2015 and 2016, first-time enrollment declined by about 21 percent.
Roughly one-fifth of MU’s student body comes from the St. Louis metropolitan area; nearly half of undergraduate students come from urban counties.