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Economic DevelopmentĀ Partners

The University of Missouri has formed partnerships with state and regional economic-development organizations. Together we work to strengthen the state's economy and further improve the quality of life for all Missourians. 

Missouri Department of Economic Development (Missouri DED)

The Missouri DED administers a wide array of services and programs designed to enhance Missouri’s economic growth and to create solid, high-paying jobs. These essential services focus on workers, businesses and communities. The department is composed of agencies that administer statutory requirements and department policy in the areas of community, economic and workforce development. Helping the department with its mission are a number of divisions, boards, commissions and councils.

Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI)

REDI acts as a local point of contact for any company that requests information about Columbia and Boone County. In addition to providing available site and building information, comprehensive area demographics and labor availability studies, REDI organizes community tours, facilitates community leader introductions when prospective companies visit the area and acts as an ombudsman for local utilities and city government.

Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC)

The Kansas City Area Development Council is a private, non-profit organization representing the economic interests of the two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. The council works to stimulate economic growth, enhance awareness of area assets, promote the region as the business location of choice, assist companies in finding the best KC locations for their needs and facilitate final negotiations between companies and their selected communities.

Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute

Working to advance the life sciences in the region through research, commercialization and workforce development, the The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute fosters constructive relationships between the academic and private sectors, facilitates collaborative scientific research, advocate for the life sciences, and support economic development, technology transfer and commercialization.

Missouri Connecting our Regional Economy (CORE)

Missouri CORE represents a cooperative approach to economic development in a dynamic, 4-county region of the Midwest. CORE facilitates the attraction of new businesses, promotes major projects that have a regionwide economic impact, and assists communities in the expansion of existing and start-up businesses.

Missouri Partnership

In its role as the principal business recruitment and marketing organization for Missouri, the Missouri Partnership attracts new jobs and business investments to the state through collaborative efforts with other state and local economic development partners.

St.Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA)

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) has three primary roles: to serve as the regional chamber of commerce for more than 4,000 member companies, to serve as the bi-state region’s lead economic development organization and to investigate and support public policy initiatives that help the region thrive and grow.

Springfield Business Development Corporation (SBDC)

Springfield’s public-private partnership team stands prepared to streamline business development. Services include site selection, utility rate comparisons and tax credit and abatement information.

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (BSEDC)

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation exists to promote business development and investment, to encourage the creation of jobs and to support economic development in Blue Springs, Mo.

Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC)

The Missouri Economic Development Council, a statewide not-for-profit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, offers programs in professional education, legislation and marketing.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides members with representation before the Missouri General Assembly and government agencies and offers networking opportunities, information services and education programs.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

The National Federation of Independent Business represents the consensus views of its members in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. The organization works to promote and protect businesses, gives members access to business products and services at discounted costs and provides timely information to help small businesses succeed.

Missouri Biotechnology Association (MO Bio)

MO Bio supports basic research in the life sciences and the development of a highly educated work force, providing a friendly environment for attracting and founding new businesses.

Associated Industries (AI)

Associated Industries offers member companies and their employees business and management services in group insurance, safety and risk management, human resources, electronic payroll, employment law and training.

Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC)

The Missouri Technology Corporation is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies. MTC focuses on 21st-century bioscience industries that build on Missouri's history in agriculture.

Hawthorn Foundation

The Hawthorn Foundation works in partnership with Missouri governors, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and local and regional economic development organizations to create and support cutting-edge initiatives focused on expanding economic opportunities for Missouri.