Downtown development/economic development
Missouri State has been a cornerstone of downtown revitalization and Springfield’s economic development. The university’s substantial investments in its downtown campus have spurred downtown’s growth into a community with places to live, work and play.
In 2004, Missouri State introduced the vision for IDEA Commons - an urban innovation park in downtown Springfield. It’s a collaborative community effort that brings together corporations, the university, residential lofts, nonprofits, and office and retail space. It’s a hub where people from all walks of life can live, shop, learn, create and work.
The university’s investment in downtown has served as a catalyst for vibrant growth. Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC), Brick City and the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center make up much of the core of the area.
In 2020, the efactory at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center helped more than 25 new businesses get started. They helped the companies create more than 280 new jobs and secure more than $17 million in capital and equity.
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Britany grew up in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and went to a diverse high school in the St. Louis area. Before she visited Missouri State University, she wasn’t sure she’d fit in at Missouri State because of the relatively small number of Black students compared to some other colleges she considered.
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