City Projects & Initiatives

Welcome to the City Projects and Initiatives page! 

The City of Jefferson is continually working on public improvement projects to repair infrastructure, increase public safety and enhance the community. 

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Downtown Conference Center
Stay up-to-date with the most current progress of the conference center at the website!

As Missouri’s capital city, Jefferson City is home to a diverse community of business and government operations. Those private and public business partners have long awaited a state-of-the-art conference center to better meet their needs right here in Jefferson City. Whether it’s to serve the needs of state government, our 120+ statewide industry associations, business and community trade shows, award ceremonies, fundraising events, live entertainment, or weddings/receptions, having the modern event space with on-Rendering-w-Location-1 (1) - Copysite lodging, parking, and accessibility to our downtown businesses and Capitol Complex are critical.  

As part of the Madison Street Parking Garage replacement project, the city sought to acquire the site of Jefferson City News Tribune, providing the opportunity to redevelop an entire half-block of downtown Jefferson City. The city looks to maximize this site’s redevelopment by transforming it into a dynamic mixed-use development, including a conference center, full-service hotel, and new parking garage anchoring a broader downtown revitalization. 

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Jefferson City Council approved a resolution on Monday, May 20, 2024, to
uct City staff, in collaboration with JC Parks, to pursue the development of a new riverfront pavilion and market. This project is part of a larger initiative to revitalize our historic 200-year-old riverfront at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary site, bringing renewed vibrancy and opportunities to the area. This area has been dormant for over 20 years and the City has progressively brought forth a project that resulted from comprehensive planning (Activate 2040, CAMPO Active Transportation Plan, JC Parks System Master Plan, Local Foods-Local Places Plan, Jefferson City Cultural Arts Master Plan, MSP Redevelopment Plan) and collaboration with State officials, city staff, JC Parks leadership, and community members.

East Capitol Avenue
East Capitol Avenue redevelopment has been a unified effort to remove blight from the Jefferson City capitol corridor and ensure public safety in Jefferson City.  Currently, the City has drafted an RFP for 20 properties that the City acquired in March of 2024 in a condemnation suit.


The RFP will include 15 vacant lots: 109 Adams St., 111 Adams St., 405 E. Capitol Ave., 407 E. Capitol Ave., 409 E. Capitol Ave., 417 E. Capitol Ave., 410-416 E. Capitol Ave., 517-519 E. Capitol Ave., 528 E. Capitol Ave., 415 Commercial Way, 417 Parsons Way, 104 Jackson St., 108 Jackson St., 114 Jackson St. and 209 Jackson St. and five existing structures: 113 Adams St., 401 E. Capitol Ave., 429 E. Capitol Ave., 211 Jackson St. and 212 Jackson St.

City of Jefferson Rebrand
As we approach our 200th birthday in July 2025, we're rebranding the City of Jefferson to celebrate our rich history and embrace a bright future. We look to refresh outdated images, highlight the positive changes in our community and develop a strong identity that reflects the City of Jefferson and its people! This n

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ew visual identity will reestablish the City of Jefferson as a growing and welcoming community. This process will include community engagement and feedback as we work to design a new visual identity that we can all be proud of. 

The City seal currently serves as the City seal and the logo for the City of Jefferson. This seal will remain, but we are working to find the new logo to represent our City.

The RFP is currently open.

Capital Area Rail Terminal (CART)
The Capital Area Rail Terminal (CART) is a collaborative project with stakeholders at the state, federal, and local levels in addition to the private sector which has brought a multimodal transload facility to Jefferson City. Multiple partners have contributed to this effort, including $2.2 million in state and federal grants for the construction of this industrial rail spur extension and multimodal rail transload facility within the Algoa Industrial Park in Jefferson City.rendering-2

This industrial infrastructure enhances economic opportunities for the region. This rail transport extension will provide regional industries with access to rail service providing the opportunity to ship or receive goods in rail car quantities, which has been shown to be more cost effective, more reliable, and more fuel efficient than transportation via truck. 


Jefferson City Memorial Airport - Airport Tower
Jefferson City Memorial Airport (JEF) has been a cornerstone of our community since its construction in 1947-48, providing a vital hub for general aviation, business, and military aircraft. The airport contributes significantly to the local economy, generating an annual economic impact of over $20 million to the region. 

However, the airport's air traffic control tower, built as a temporary structure in 1973, has stood far beyond its intended lifespan.  Given the high traffic volume and the diverse types of aircraft that utilize the airport, a new control tower with improved sight lines is crucial for maintaining safety and efficiency.IMG_0236

Thanks to the efforts of Third District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, who secured an appropriation of $6.4 million, and an additional $1.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the project is moving forward. The city and state will each contribute up to $500,000, bringing the total estimated cost to $8.7 million.
The new control tower will be built on the south side of the airport, ensuring that current operations remain uninterrupted. Contracts for the project, which include design, construction, and equipment, will be reviewed by the City Council by the end of September.

This new development marks a significant upgrade for Jefferson City Memorial Airport, aligning it with modern standards and supporting its role as a vital economic engine for our community. We look forward to the enhanced safety and operational capabilities that the new control tower will bring.