35th Anniversary Celebration honoring our founder, Senator "Kit" Bond
Over the course of 40 years of distinguished service, Christopher S. “Kit” Bond earned a reputation as a skilled statesman able to build coalitions. In 1982, then Governor Bond worked with state legislators to create the Hawthorn Foundation. Its creation brought talented business leaders together with state government to form a partnership aimed at attracting, promoting and retaining business within the State of Missouri. Hawthorn celebrated its 35th anniversary as a testament to Kit Bond’s innovative thinking.
Thanks to all of our sponsors and guests who were in attendance. We're delighted that you joined us and we appreciate your support.
Special thanks to our speakers Tim Noonan (NICE Glass Company), Duane Simpson (Monsanto), Warren Erdman (Kansas City Southern / Hawthorn Chair), Governor Eric Greitens, and Senator Bond for their insightful presentations for our guests.
November Board Meeting
Boeing Community Leaders Meeting
The Hawthorn Foundation was pleased to have been invited to the Boeing community leaders meeting. There are several projects underway which will continue to support great jobs in our state both for Boeing itself and its supporting partners. The meeting attendees were treated to some impressive video of the various Boeing military aircraft, being produced right here in Missouri.
June Quarterly meeting
The Governor is focused on making government more efficient and effective for tax-payers. "Our citizens’ prosperity and well-being is linked to the efficiency and effectiveness of Missouri’s state government. We are excited that Hawthorn will expand its mission by tapping the expertise of its members to help us find ways to improve government," says Greitens.
Governor Greitens has asked Hawthorn to oversee a new initiative to examine Missouri's start-up communities and how to support their efforts with greater effectiveness. Drew Erdmann, Missouri COO, made the announcement at lunch to members and guests.
The steering committee will include economic developers, business leaders, legislators, and academicians. Round-table discussions will be held across the state throughout the summer with a report to be issued in late August.
Jason Hall, Chair of the Missouri Technology Corporation, spoke to the members about why start-ups matters. Noting Fortune 500 companies that began as an idea -- like Express Scripts -- Hall said Missouri must support and encourage start-ups for the long haul. Today Express Scripts employs thousands in the St. Louis area; jobs that would not be here if not for the support received 30 years ago.
If you are interested in participating in this effort, contact Steve Oslica 314-343-6031.
March Quarterly Meeting
Hawthorn was pleased to have Drew Erdmann, Missouri's COO, join the board meeting to discuss expanded programming that can help the state become more efficient and effective at serving Missouri's citizens. Senator Mike Kehoe was the lunch speaker and provided a lively perspective on economic development issues, infrastructure needs, and the importance of the Foundation to the state's success.
2017 Military Advocacy Day at the Capitol
The Hawthorn Foundation was proud to sponsor Military Appreciation Day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, February 14. Community leaders, legislators and interested citizens gathered together at several different events to interact with top military officials to celebrate our vibrant Missouri military and the role that it plays in our state's economy. Governor Greitens addressed a lunch at the Governor's Residence where he reiterated that military affairs will be a "key priority" for his administration.
The day included Governor Greitens signing an agreement between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and the Army to engage military men and women with employers offering apprenticeships that could lead to full-time civilian employment. The Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) at Fort Leonard Wood will identify interested candidates that are within six months of release from active duty and refer them to the Missouri Job Center at Fort Leonard Wood where they will be enrolled in an internship program with participating employers. Center staff will also help them build a resume, prepare for interviews, and explore occupations in various industries.
Hawthorn Annual Meeting highlights Governor-Elect Eric Greitens
Over 150 statewide leaders gather to hear from Governor Nixon, Governor-Elect Greitens and Senator Jay Wasson, Chair Economic Development
We were honored to have Governor-Elect Eric Greitens join our meeting via live feed from Washington DC, where he was meeting with the National Governors’ Association. Economic Development is a priority for the Governor-Elect and we were pleased that he shared some of his time with us to express his interest in working closely with Hawthorn to support his initiatives.
Missouri addresses military and defense sector needs in listening sessions around the state
Plan to provide recommendations on a policy framework & tools for new Governor & General Assembly
The Hawthorn Foundation, in partnership with the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission(MMPEC) and the state's Military Advocate, hosted a series of listening sessions over the last 2 weeks to support the development of a priority plan to strengthen the defense sector in the state. Missouri law requires the MMPEC to prepare a Missouri Military Strategic Plan on a biennial basis.
Missouri has made the support and growth of our defense sector a priority with the establishment of the Military Advocate's office. Good thing. Our military installations, agencies and defense sector companies represent 5% of the state's GDP. They also employ (directly or indirectly) 183,000 Missourians or 7% of the workforce.
Over 250 Participants in the sessions included chambers of commerce, local and regional economic development councils, Missouri's congressional delegation, leaders from our installations, researchers, and our defense contractors in the state. We had 4 key questions that we received input on during the sessions in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield.
1)How can Missouri government, in a partnership with local and regional leaders, best protect and enhance military missions, installations and agencies in the next few years?
2)How can we create a more supportive environment in Missouri for service members and their families, and increase the number of veterans who choose Missouri as a place to live?
3)How can we create advantages in Missouri that best support the success of our defense and national security-related businesses?
4)How can we create the right conditions that will lead to an increase in funding for defense and national security-related research and development?
Look for a final report in December on priorities to strengthen and further develop our defense sector in Missouri.
Midwest US-Japan Association Conference
Governor from 4 midwestern states, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and C level leaders from companies including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Novus, Nidec Motor attended a 2 day meeting focusing on Innovation, Partnerships, and Technologies for the future, all with an eye toward business recruitment. Currently, Missouri has 8X Japanese companies within the state.
Lunch at the Governor's Mansion
Hawthorn members were treated to lunch at the People's House on Monday, January 22. Guests heard from Governor Nixon about upcoming trade missions. Members also participated in a discussion on why businesses expand, startup, and relocate to Missouri
September 3, 2015 CEO lunch at the Governor's Conference on Economic Development
On November 20, 2015, all six of Missouri's living Governors came together to discuss economic issues facing the state. This historic gathering focused on the indispensable role that the Hawthorn Foundation has played in helping these leaders succeed in bringing jobs to Missouri. Learn more about the event here.