Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership created to enhance the vitality of business and increase the number of quality, sustainable jobs in Columbia and Boone County, Missouri. REDI was founded in 1988 when community leaders recognized the need to collaborate to attract, expand and grow business, and preserve the area’s exceptional quality of life.
REDI is funded by the City of Columbia, Boone County, the University of Missouri, and more than 100 local businesses and municipalities to coordinate the area’s economic development activities. REDI is governed by a 19-person Board of Directors selected by and representing its public and private investors. The REDI staff also serve as the Economic Development Department of the City of Columbia.