IDEA Commons

An entrepreneur ascending the staircase within the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.


Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Arts

A Vision Led by Missouri State University

IDEA Commons is Missouri State University’s vision for an urban innovation park in downtown Springfield. It’s a collaborative community effort where people from all walks of life can live, shop, learn, create and work.


Colorful mural with a message. Community is who we are. Forward is where we are going.


Building community

A community focused on creating what’s next

IDEA Commons is more than a collection of buildings and people. It’s a community rooted in history but has eyes fixed to the future. It’s the catalyst for innovation in southwest Missouri and beyond.
Missouri State's JVIC entrance.

A state of the art, seven-story hub for innovative research and development in southwest Missouri.

Display of colorful artwork within the Brick City Gallery.
Brick City

A cluster of buildings that house the university’s Art & Design programs, collaborative Pharm D program with UMKC, and a portion of efactory programs.

Students collaborating within eFactory space designated for cultivating ideas.
Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center

Home to efactory, the collaborative engineering program with Missouri S&T and printing & postal services.

Missouri State drone shot of downtown Springfield.


Enriching Springfield

A bustling and thriving downtown community

IDEA Commons is also home to eclectic merchants, beautiful galleries, incredible resources and modern dining and living spaces, like:

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Missouri State University
524 N. Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806