Missouri CORE Partnership
A Hawthorn Foundation member since 2011.
The Missouri CORE (Connecting Our Regional Economy) represents five mid-Missouri counties in Missouri’s Central Region anchored by the University of Missouri in Columbia and the State Capital in Jefferson City. CORE works with community leaders to support economic development, ensuring future growth and prosperity in the region. CORE facilitates the attraction of new businesses, promotes projects that have a region-wide economic impact and assists communities in the expansion of existing and start-up businesses.
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.