85 of 100
85. Lemay, Mo.
Population: 16,524
Pros: New casino, excellent resources for entrepreneurs
Con: Local business community still small

Until recently, Lemay's older population and aging infrastructure made it a rather sleepy place to live and launch. But over the next few years, the community is going to wake up: Pinnacle Casinos chose the site for its $450 million River City Casino, which is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs when it opens in 2009.

Lemay already boasts a 20,000 square foot startup incubator, a supportive county economic council, and a strategic location on the Mississippi River. The local economy is currently dominated by small manufacturers, but the influx of tourists should stimulate the retail and service sectors. -Mina Kimes

Interactive map: Lemay, Mo.
Homes for sale Find homes for sale in Lemay, Mo.

NEXT: 86. Huntsville, Ala.

Last updated July 02 2008: 11:16 AM ET
More Galleries
5 startups that are reimagining the world Bricks that grow from microorganisms, household garbage turned into art, three-wheeled bike-cars -- these startups are redefining urban living. More
Blue collar entrepreneurs These five entrepreneurs took their blue collar experience and used it to launch innovative businesses. More
7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic. More

Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.