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Key personnel

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Rachel Anderson

Executive Director,
efactory at Missouri State University
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Chris Carnell

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Cara Dirnberger

Digital Workforce Director,
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Allen Frye

VP of Technical Services,
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Chrystal Irons

Director of SBDC,
Missouri State University
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Stacy Dohogne Lane

Director of Youth Coding League,
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Crystal Owens

Head of Startups,
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Dr. James Stapleton

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Mark Wallace

Head of Regional Networks,
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Innovate SOMO Map

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Current Investment and Expected Economic Impact

$10.57 Million Initial Total Investment in Business Development

  • $4.16M federal and state competitive grants
  • $6.41M local match investment

$6.2 Million Initial Total Investment in Workforce Development

  • $3.00M federal and state competitive grants
  • $3.2M local match investment


  • 1,150 individuals served
  • 60 new businesses
  • 511 new jobs
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Innovate SOMO Region - Population

1.65 Million

  • 26.9% of Missouri

71% Rural

  • 47 Total Counties

41.5 Years Median Age

  • 3 Years Above State Median
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Innovate SOMO Region - Education and Jobs

  • 10% Aged 25 and Older Did Not Complete High School
  • 23% Completed Only Some College
  • 12% of Missouri’s Digital Jobs
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Innovate SOMO Region - Prosperity

  • $27K Median Salary
    • 19% Below Missouri Median Salary
    • 53% Below U.S. Median Salary
  • 19% Poverty Among Residents Age 16 or Older
  • 15 Counties in Federal Persistent Poverty
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The Innovate SOMO Solution

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Mission Statement

We are a collaborative network of businesses and organizations who work together for greater impact. We connect workers to training, entrepreneurs to resources, and employers to talent—all to drive regional growth and prosperity. The Southern Missouri Innovation Network transforms communities in the southernmost 47 counties in Missouri by unlocking the full potential of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Network Founders

Innovate SOMO was founded by two of Missouri's most successful innovation hubs.
Codefi was founded in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 2014 by entrepreneurs who wanted to eliminate the skills and opportunity gaps preventing workers and entrepreneurs in rural regions from thriving in the digital economy.

Codefi's innovative model of programs and services is nationally recognized for its combination of entrepreneurial experience and technology expertise and for generating outstanding economic impact.
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efactory opened in March 2013 with one goal in mind: to serve entrepreneurs and business owners. Today, its network of programs supports both large and small businesses throughout southern Missouri.

efactory is proud to be part of the IDEA Commons district, Missouri State University’s vision for an urban innovation park, and is internationally recognized for the vast array of programs and services it provides and the economic impact it creates.
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Network Communities and Partners

These are the communities and key stakeholders who lead Innovate SOMO.

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