Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI)
A Hawthorn Foundation member since 2010.
The Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) represents the City of Columbia and Boone County in Missouri’s Central Region. Organized in 1988 to promote economic expansion in the community, REDI is a nonprofit, public/private partnership that works to provide increased economic opportunities for the area while maintaining a high quality of life. REDI serves as a local point of contact for companies and startups looking to invest or expand in Columbia and Boone County.
The 19-county central Missouri region is home to the state capital, Jefferson City, and more than a dozen colleges and universities. The University of Missouri’s flagship campus (MU) in Columbia and its science and technology campus (Missouri S&T) in Rolla provide a steady stream of talent for businesses in all sectors. Missouri’s central region also has a strong transportation network, including: Highways 50, 54 and 63; Interstates 70 and 44; Class I rail service via KCS, NS, NBSF and UP; regional airports; and Missouri River access.
Missouri’s central region is also home to some of the state’s most popular recreational sites, including sizable portions of the Katy Trail bike path, the Mark Twain National Forest and several wineries. At 58,000 acres, the Lake of the Ozarks draws visitors for championship fishing and golf, shopping and resorts.