Watercooler: Who's leading, growing and winning in 417-land.

Leading
Governor Eric Greitens tapped former 417-lander Rob Dixon to lead the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Dixon served as executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce until 2015.

Now Playing
While some are still mourning the loss of The Palace, many 417-landers are finally catching a flick at Alamo Drafthouse. The old Campbell 16 now serves dinner and has 48 beers on tap. We call that an upgrade.

Opening
Andy’s Frozen Custard opened its 50th store in Fort Worth, Texas. The new location, which opened in June, is the seventh in the Dallas area. Meanwhile the company is one step closer to reaching its goal of having 75 stores by the end of the year.

Celebrating
A recent Forbes blog named Springfield as the No. 1 unexpected city that’s great for business because of the city’s low labor costs, low tax basis and regional programs that support growth. Tell us something we don’t know, Forbes. 

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