Government Efficiency and Effectiveness

The Hawthorn Foundation is working in partnership with the State of Missouri, Governor Greitens, and Missouri’s COO Drew Erdmann to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our state government. Hawthorn is bringing together private, nonprofit and public sector leaders from across the state in a variety of strategic initiatives to improve Missouri’s competitiveness. The Governor’s Innovation Task Force was the first of these efforts.


Governor’s Innovation Task Force

Governor Greitens established the Governor’s Innovation Task Force (GITF) on June 19, 2017 to bring together private and public sector leaders from across the State in a nonpartisan effort. He asked the GITF to (1) develop a fact-based perspective on the state of innovation and entrepreneurship in Missouri and (2) suggest options for potential state government actions to promote innovation and new technology start-ups across the state. The GITF was conducted 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 mobilized innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, economic developers, civic leaders, and government officials across the state to contribute to its final summary report. The GITF relied upon individuals and institutions volunteering their time and insights. Over 2000 people participated in some way during the GITF process that ran from June 19 through August 2017. The GITF completed its summary report within 75 days of launch. Members of the GITF Steering Committee presented the final summary report to the Governor on September 5, 2017 at a meeting in Cortex in St. Louis.

Press release: "Governor's Innovation Task Force presents its final report to Governor Greitens" (9/5/17)

GITF Steering Committee present the final summary report to the Governor on September 5, 2017

GITF Steering Committee present the final summary report to the Governor on September 5, 2017

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Read the GITF summary report


Jim McKelvey, who cofounded Square with Twitter's Jack Dorsey in St. Louis, Missouri, talks about how Square began, the talent challenges and solutions, and the impact of the Cortex Innovation Community and TechShop on their success.


News

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Governor Greitens Launches New Economic Development Initiatives

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Innovation Task Force Presents Final Report to the Governor 

NEW! Springfield Business Journal:  Task Force Suggests New Cabinet Roles and Innovation Fund (9/20/2017)

Startland News: "Greitens Eyes Private Investment Dollars to Replace MTC Income Gap" (9/13/2017)

ABC 17 News: "Business Leaders Offer New Options to Encourage Statewide Growth" (9/12/2017)

US News and World Report: "Missouri Innovation Fund to Support Entrepreneurs" (9/11/2017)

Hannibal Courier Post: "Greitens Announces Fund to Help Missouri Entrepreneurs" (9/11/2017)

St. Louis Post Dispatch: "Missouri Innovation Fund Would Be Big Bold Bet on Entrepreneurs" (9/11/2017)

St. Louis Business Journal: "Governor Greitens Excited About Startups" (9/10/2017)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Greitens touts job training, larger innovation fund as economic strategy comes into focus" (9/10/17)

Governor's Office: "Governor Greitens launches new economic development initiatives to grow Missouri’s economy" (9/8/17)

Fulton Sun: "Task force comes up with five-part plan to spur startups in Missouri" (9/7/17)

State Scoop: "Innovation Task Force report could uncork 'hundreds of millions' for tech investment in Missouri" (9/7/17)

CBS St. Louis: "Greitens Unveils Economic Development Plan" (9/6/17)

Governor's Office: "Governor Eric Greitens received the report of the Governor’s Innovation Task Force" (9/6/17)

St. Louis Business Journal: "Greitens task force delivers 33 ideas to spur innovation and entrepreneurship" (9/6/17)

STL.News: "Governor’s Innovation Task Force presents its final report to Governor Greitens" (9/6/17)

Associated Press: Governor's Panel Advises on Innovation and Investment (9/6/17)

West Plains Daily Quill: "Technology start-ups in rural Missouri" (9/6/17)

Governor's Office: "Governor’s Innovation Task Force presents its final report to Governor Greitens" (9/5/17)

Southeast Missourian: "Innovation task force a positive for Missouri business" (8/7/17)

Southeast Missourian: "Innovation Task Force seeks to boost tech startups in Missouri" (8/1/17)

Techli: "Governor’s plan to make Missouri a center of innovation reflects growing Midwest trend" (8/1/17)

KMZU 100.7 FM: "Public input sought to achieve Missouri’s innovation goals" (7/27/17)

Three Rivers Publishing: "Governor’s Innovation Task Force seeks public input to achieve ambitious goal for Missouri’s innovation economy" (7/27/17)

St. Louis Business Journal: "Governor's innovation task force makes progress" (7/26/17)

Department of Economic Development: "Governor’s Innovation Task Force seeks public input to achieve ambitious goal for Missouri’s innovation economy" (7/25/17)

Startland News: "Grietens seeks entrepreneurs’ input on how to make Missouri more innovative" (7/25/17)

Missouri Business Alert: "Governor’s innovation task force continues meetings, seeks consensus on recommendations" (7/22/17)

Ozark Radio News: "State officials say innovation task force gathering valuable information" (7/21/17)

Fulton Sun: "Task force seeks new funding, workers for startups" (7/20/17)

ABC 17 News: Governor establishes task force to encourage job growth through innovation, start-ups (6/28/17)

Missouri Business Today: "Mo Innovation Task Force" (6/18/17)

Missouri Business Alert: "Greitens establishes state innovation task force" (6/22/17)

StateScoop: "Missouri governor's innovation task force seeks new initiatives" (6/21/17)

Thinking Bigger: "Governor Greitens Announces New Innovation Task Force" (6/21/17)

News Tribune: "Governor announces new Innovation Task Force" (6/20/17)

KFVS 12: "Gov. Greitens announces new Governor’s Innovation Task Force" (6/19/17)

The Missouri Times: "New innovation task force begins town halls across the state" (6/19/17)

Springfield News-Leader: "Greitens' technology task force to visit Springfield, where tech jobs have fallen" (6/19/17)

St. Louis Business Journal: "Greitens establishes innovation task force" (6/19/17)

Startland News: "Greitens creates Innovation Task Force to accelerate Missouri startup growth" (6/19/17)

Governor's Office: "Governor Greitens Announces New Innovation Task Force" (6/19/17)


Missouri’s Chief Operating Officer, Drew Erdmann, was the project’s sponsor as the Cabinet’s coordinator for economic development policy.