IDEA Commons May Be Expanding Over the Next Few Years

Jul 7, 2017
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Missouri State University, the Springfield Business Development Corporation and the Vecino Group are looking to expand the IDEA Commons district downtown.

The potential 2-acre site is located at Boonville Ave. and Phelps St. and is partially owned by MSU and the Vecino Group.  The parties have agreed to conduct a study to determine what a new development could entail and the market feasibility. 

On Friday morning, University President Clif Smart told Springfield City Council members the expansion could bring continued success to IDEA Commons.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

An annual program in Springfield, modeled after the eFactory's Start Up Weekend for entrepreneurs, uses employee ideas to bring innovative practices to the workplace.  The CoxHealth Innovation Accelerator brought 50 Cox employees, who applied and were chosen to take part, to the eFactory Tuesday to share ideas. As part of the program, which is in its second year, the top few ideas are chosen, and employees work in teams and with local business coaches—members of CoxHealth’s Board of Directors—to research the ideas and create plans for implementing them.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A $350,000 grant will help provide a Springfield organization with resources for the region’s startup community.

New Magazine to Showcase 417-Area Businesses Announced

Jul 23, 2015
Khadijah Forrest, KSMU

A bi-monthly magazine for local businesses to showcase their success will launch this fall. Gary Whitaker, president of Whitaker Publishing and publisher of 417 Magazine, on Thursday announced the launch of Biz 417.

Whitaker calls the publication “networking in print,” or a place to meet area business personalities, become inspired by their successes and learn from their mistakes.


In 2014, Springfield’s Mercy Research & Development collaborated with the eFactory and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to create the SPIN66 Innovation Summit.

According to Dr. Cody Stringer, entrepreneurial specialist with Mercy R&D, the multidisciplinary research and development group within Mercy Health System was seeking to cultivate a community of innovators in southwest Missouri.