IDEA Commons

Missouri State University is a leader in economic development in Springfield and throughout the state.

What is IDEA Commons?

IDEA Commons is MSU’s vision for an urban innovation park in downtown Springfield. It’s a collaborative community effort that brings together corporations, the university, residential lofts, offices, retail space and business support organizations. It’s a hub where people from all walks of life can live, shop, learn, create and work.

In addition to many privately owned businesses in IDEA Commons, MSU’s operations in the district include:

Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC)

A state-of-the-art hub for innovative high-tech research and development in collaboration with corporate partners. This includes technology commercialization and advanced manufacturing product development.


A business-resource center and incubator that provides programs and opportunities. This includes the Missouri Small 
Business Development Center and other entrepreneurial-support organizations.

Art and design

MSU’s art and design program, including classrooms, studios and gallery spaces, is housed in multiple downtown buildings known as Brick City.

Collaborative academic programs

Two of MSU’s collaborative programs with the University of Missouri — pharmacy and engineering — are located in IDEA Commons.

IDEA Commons digital render

JVIC and efactory impacts thus far

The JVIC and efactory programs have generated the following impacts in recent years:
Business clients served


Over 5,300 business clients served.
Jobs created


Over 3,000 jobs have been created.
Capital and equity secured by clients

$161 million+

Over $161 million in capital and equity has been secured by clients.
Research and grants secured by client

$65 million+

Over $65 million in research and grants has been secured by clients.