Government Efficiency and Effectiveness

Accelerating the growth of good paying jobs is critical to Missouri’s future.  Supporting innovation, entrepreneurs, and new technology start-ups will be an important element in any successful economic development strategy.  Missouri has made some good progress on this front, but more must be done if we are to remain competitive and capture Missouri’s full potential.  -- Governor Eric Greitens


Governor’s Innovation Task Force

The Governor is establishing a new Governor’s Innovation Task Force (GITF) that will bring together private and public sector leaders from across the State in a nonpartisan effort.  The GITF will be administered under the auspices of the Hawthorn Foundation, as the first in a series of task force sprints to help improve the effectiveness of our government.  

The GITF will assess the current state of innovation in Missouri, analyze best practices from other states, and develop specific recommendations for what the State can do to promote innovation and new technology start-ups.  Such recommendations may include executive action, legislative or regulatory action, the best use of the State’s resources, and/or other State actions to catalyze or foster innovation.  

Governor Greitens released the following statement: “Accelerating the growth of good paying jobs is critical to Missouri’s future. 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.”

Donn Rubin, president and CEO of BioSTL, builder of the St. Louis bioscience industry, said,“I have seen firsthand the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Missouri during the past decade. However, we still have gaps and challenges to solve as we strive to be a global leader. I’m optimistic that the Task Force process, which is shaping up to be comprehensive and inclusive, will help define the State of Missouri’s roadmap to innovation-driven economic growth.”

The GITF will hold 5 roundtables across the state:

The GIFT’s recommendations will help shape the State’s economic development priorities, which Governor Greitens will roll out in his address to the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in early September.

  • St. Louis – June 19 
  • Kansas City – June 22 
  • Columbia – July 19
  • Springfield – July 20 
  • Cape Girardeau – July 31 

Missouri’s Chief Operating Officer, Drew Erdmann, will be the project’s sponsor as the Cabinet’s coordinator for economic development policy.  He will remain personally engaged throughout. 

 For more information, contact Steve Oslica, 314-343-6031.