Missouri State will be actively involved in and serve as a catalyst for positive change as an essential partner in improving the quality of life for Missourians and enhancing the economic vitality of the region and state.

The success of Missouri State University and the success of Springfield and the region have been, are and will remain closely connected. That is one of the defining traits of a comprehensive metropolitan university. The Partners for Progress strategic direction not only acknowledges this reality, but embraces it. Through a variety of initiatives, the University will further develop this interdependence over the next five years of the plan.

The best and shining manifestation of this relationship is Missouri State's urban innovation park: IDEA Commons. IDEA Commons is a major element of Missouri State University's commitment to community development and the building of a social infrastructure necessary to support a high quality of life for Springfield residents. This commitment extends to ongoing efforts of Missouri State University to stimulate revitalization of Springfield's center city area, as well as regional economic development.