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Centene to build claims processing center in Ferguson, Mo.

The Centene Corp. health insurance company based in St. Louis announced Monday morning plans to build a new claims processing center in Ferguson.

The center would employ up to 200.

“This is the right thing to do for the community, state and our shareholders,” said Centene CEO and Chairman Michael Neidorff. “It is time for action, not talk.”

Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration is partnering with St. Louis Community College to provide targeted job training resources through the Missouri Works Training program.

“This investment is an important step forward for Ferguson and the entire region,” Nixon said.

The new service center will include employee development and training, on-site daycare, full service cafeteria and an auditorium for educational advancement.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill called the move a “a stabilizing lifeline for the many small businesses that were affected in Ferguson due to the unrest last month.”

Centene announced that it will begin taking applications for the new claims processing center jobs before the end of 2014.

Also, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered Centene incentives through the Missouri Works Training Program, which the company can receive if it meets specific job creation and investment criteria.