Government Efficiency and Effectiveness

The Hawthorn Foundation, with its membership's non-partisan support, is working in partnership with the state of Missouri and the governor's office 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.

Current Initiatives

Task Force on Call Center Information (October 2019 to January 2020 / details coming soon)

Continuous Improvement Summit (October 21, 2019 / details coming soon)

Past Initiatives

Best in Midwest

Best in Midwest is an initiative that will transform Missouri’s Department of Economic Development into the top economic development agency in the Midwest. It will focus extensively on helping businesses grow and create jobs and helping workers access training and acquire skills to find employment. Addressing this need will require DED to review its programs and structure, ensuring services are aligned with the business community’s needs.

The Department engaged the professional services firm Price Waterhouse Coopers Public Sector LLP and with input from an advisory committee of public and private sector economic development officials, business leaders, workforce development and tourism professionals and legislators.

Over the course of one year, DED conducted an economic analysis to identify Missouri’s opportunities for growth and job creation, study best practices in economic development from around the country, and issue recommendations on how the State can implement the new strategy.

Talent 4 Tomorrow

The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Higher Education, and the Hawthorn Foundation launched an initiative that will fundamentally reset Missouri’s approach to meeting our state’s workforce needs. This transformational project is the cornerstone of a comprehensive strategy that will position Missouri to excel in a global economy changed by trade, technology, and other dynamic forces. The final product will include an assessment of our current workforce and how well it matches our needs, deep dives into target economic sectors, economic scenario analysis, identification of pilot projects, and recommendations for an overall workforce strategy. A series of strategic meetings around the state have been completed.  The data/feedback is not being compiled.  A new call for supplementary white papers and feedback has been issued.

See the Hawthorn Workforce Collaborative page for more details.

Missouri Real Estate / Facilities Management

The Missouri Chief Operating Officer, in concert with the Office of Administration and Department of Revenue, convened a team of state leaders from both public and private sectors to confirm best practices for efficiently managing the state held real estate properties and facilities.

Missouri Fleet Management

The Missouri Chief Operating Officer requested the assistance of private sector fleet managers and industry representatives to study vehicle fleet practices within Missouri State Government. The state of Missouri spends approximately $98 million each year to transport state employees for official business. The COO asked for a task force to seek out opportunities to streamline fleet practices and lower the overall costs of transportation utilizing industry best practices. The task force completed its work in December 2017. Read more about the Missouri Fleet Management Task Force.


Governor’s Innovation Task Force

Governor Greitens established the Governor’s Innovation Task Force (GITF) in 2017 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. Over 2000 people participated in some way during the GITF process, and the task force completed its summary report within 75 days of launch. Read more about the GITF.

Future Initiatives

Governor’s Infrastructure Task Force

In keeping with Governor Parson’s commitment to infrastructure improvement in Missouri, the Hawthorn infrastructure committee has been absorbed into a new governor’s task force. The Governor’s Infrastructure Task Force will meet at regional locations, report out its findings upon completion of its work, assisting in shaping the path forward for Missouri’s infrastructure improvement. This task force will include leaders from transportation, utilities, other significant business leaders, and a number of statewide stakeholders.