Business recruitment and marketing for the state
In 2007, the Hawthorn Foundation created the Missouri Partnership to serve as the state’s leading business recruitment and marketing organization. Although the Partnership receives funding from both the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Hawthorn, an independent board of directors governs the Partnership, whose leadership is drawn from the business community.
Today the Partnership is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s premier statewide private sector business recruitment organizations. The Partnership’s services, all of which are provided free of charge to businesses interested in opening new operations in Missouri, include locating sites and buildings, compiling workforce data, facilitating government and regulatory meetings, determining incentive eligibility, coordinating labor training and identifying utility availability and costs.
The Partnership also leads capacity building and educational activities throughout the state. The objective is to assist regional and local economic development organizations market themselves and always be ready for new business possibilities. A cornerstone of the Partnership’s capacity building initiative for several years has been community competitive assessments, which allow a nationally recognized site location advisor to evaluate participating communities on their effectiveness in responding to a mock RFI and in hosting mock site visits. Through this process the communities are able to increase their exposure with consultants and also receive the blueprint for a plan to increase their competitiveness for inward investment.
As the corporate parent of the Partnership, Hawthorn provided private donations in the amount of $350,000 in fiscal year 2015. The results of this investment for FY 2015 include:
New jobs: 2,423
New payroll: $133 million
New capital investment: $188.6 million
For more information on the results of Hawthorn's investment, download the Missouri Partnership's fiscal year report.