About IDEA Commons

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Building a dynamic community

What do innovation, design, entrepreneurship and the arts have in common? Each of these elements leads to a dynamic and creative community.

Missouri State University developed a vision of an urban innovation park in Springfield, and IDEA Commons is the product of that vision. It’s a collaborative community effort – bringing together corporations, the University, lofts, non-profits and retail space– a downtown community where people from all walks of life can live, shop, learn, create and work.

IDEA Commons WindowIDEA Commons thrives with creative talent and is structured to:

  • Develop a sense of place that will be attractive to young talent
  • Revitalize the downtown neighborhood with a combination of renovation of current properties as well as new construction
  • Expand opportunities for business development and commercializing research
  • Develop University partnerships with entrepreneurs
  • Attract and retain creative, innovative and entrepreneurial human capital
  • Promote economic development through new job opportunities