Rachel Anderson is the director of the eFactory. (Photo: submitted)

Episode description: 
Rachel Anderson, the director of Missouri State University’s eFactory, speaks with host Tom about Springfield’s fastest-growing resource center for startups, the history and evolution of the incubator and coworking space, and the rise of the Midwest’s entrepreneurship scene. Learn about how the community around the Efactory, Anderson’s roots in Springfield, Mo. and more.

Editor’s note: This episode was recorded in November 2022. Since then, the program called Rosie was transitioned to Leadership Springfield on December 5, 2022.

About the podcast: In Our Town is a podcast about Springfield, Mo. issues and leaders, hosted by Tom Carlson, publisher and founder of the Springfield Daily Citizen.

About the host: Tom Carlson is the publisher and founder of the Springfield Daily Citizen. An attorney and real estate developer who specializes in affordable housing, Tom was the longest-serving mayor of Springfield, serving 14 years over seven non-consecutive terms between 1988 and 2009.