The Hawthorn Foundation is made up of Missouri leaders supporting economic development. Hawthorn members join from every region of the state to work for the betterment of Missouri’s economy. Hawthorn supports the work of the executive branch of state government by providing critical administrative support for a variety of economic development functions. Hawthorn supports a variety of initiatives including grants, studies, conferences and trade-related events.
As Hawthorn members, Missouri’s economic development organizations are eligible for discounts on Missouri Partnership cooperative marketing events, which are offered so organizations can increase their community’s visibility by leveraging the Partnership’s marketing presence at various events throughout the year. These events allow communities to take advantage of networking opportunities with industry executives, while also enjoying sponsorship and/or exhibition privileges secured by the Partnership at significantly lower than standard registration rates.
In addition to economic development work, Hawthorn strives to educate members by hosting quarterly luncheons—which are hosted at venues across the state—that feature presentations on Missouri’s economic drivers. Hawthorn events also provide networking opportunities with leaders across Missouri. Hawthorn welcomes everyone and values all members as a source of enrichment.
Did you know? The partnership of the Department of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation, and its representatives produce over $15 billion in annual Department of Defense payroll in the state of Missouri. This represents over 5% of the state GDP.
Alexander Cartwright: At-Large
University of Missouri
Mark Grimm: At-Large
Marie Carmichael: At-Large
Missouri Development Finance Board
Rob Dixon: Director
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Al Purcell: Immediate Past Chair
Mosaic Life Care
Board of Governors
Sustaining Board Members
Board of Directors
St. Louis Cardinals
Veterans United Home Loans
Western Governors University-Missouri
The Boeing Company
Certified Express, Inc (CEI)
McCarthy Building Companies
Economic Development Partners
Friends of the Hawthorn Foundation
Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI)
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
Next Move Group
Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative
State Technical College of Missouri
Stifel Financial Corporation
White Goss Attorneys at Law
Wood, Cooper & Peterson LLC
Callaway Electric Cooperative
Carmichael & Neal, P.C.
City Utilities of Springfield
First State Bank & Trust of Caruthersville
Industrial Process Systems
Kevin C. Fleming, Esq.
Kit Bond Strategies (KBS)