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 research 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 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