Missouri Governor Launches Innovation Task Force

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced the launch of the Governor’s Innovation Task Force. The Task Force is being charged with assessing the current innovation climate in Missouri, and developing recommendations for how the state can continue to promote innovation and start-ups in the future.

“Accelerating the growth of good paying jobs is critical to Missouri’s future,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. “Missouri must find smart, efficient ways to support innovation, entrepreneurs, and new technology start-ups. While Missouri has emerged as a hub for innovation in the Midwest, more must be done if we are to remain competitive and reach Missouri’s full potential as a national leader. The work of the Governor’s Innovation Task Force will ensure that Missouri’s strategy is informed by the best minds from business, nonprofits, and government.”

The Task Force will bring together private, nonprofit, and public sector leaders from across the State to help improve Missouri’s competitiveness by engaging innovators, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, scholars, and others from around the state.

“Start-ups are critical to Missouri’s success today and in the future,” said Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Missouri entrepreneurs are leading the way in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and across the state. Established high tech leaders like Microsoft are also recognizing that Missouri is a great place for them to build their businesses. But we have to keep pace. I look forward to working with other leaders from across the state to make the Governor’s Innovation Task Force a success.”

From the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis, to the UMKC Innovation Center in Kansas City, talent across Missouri are developing the latest innovations within our core industries. And it’s not just startups. Major corporations have significant presence within these districts as they collaborate with the best and the brightest to take our state into the future.

For more information about innovation in Missouri, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion and investment needs.

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