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Mitch Jenkins, owner of Elevation Development Co.
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MITCH JENKINS

Owner of Elevation Development Co.

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Mitch Jenkins graduated from Hillcrest High School and attended Missouri State for a few years on a football scholarship as a quarterback before transferring to Evangel University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance (BBA) in 2014. While earning his MBA at MSU, Jenkins was offered a position as a commercial realtor at R.B. Murray Company. “The Murray family provided me with a foundation of knowledge in the real estate industry,” Jenkins says.

In 2017, Jenkins founded Elevation Development Co., which invests in and develops commercial real estate. The company also provides consulting services for other developers and businesses in the community such as Miller Commerce, a senior housing development company in the Midwest.. “We strive to create unique and innovative retail, office, mixed-use and multi-family real estate developments in the region,” Jenkins says. “We view development as an opportunity to impact lives while making a place that people love to hang out.”

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One of these unique developments is the new Treadway—a mixed-use community located on Lone Pine across from Sequiota Park in Galloway. The development has faced opposition from the residents. Many in the Galloway neighborhood have pushed back against the plans and there have been some legal hurdles to contend with as well. Jenkins says he wants the development to be woven into the fabric of the Galloway area and hopes Treadway will ultimately be an asset to the neighborhood and community as a whole, by providing housing, commercial space and amenities for residents like a pool, dog park, covered parking, electric vehicle charging station and grilling pavilion.

Jenkins and Elevation Enterprises are also working on two senior living communities in Arkansas and a rehabilitation of an existing apartment community located in downtown Springfield. Jenkins is an avid volunteer in 417-land and is dedicated to service. He is the Missouri State University men’s basketball team character coach. “During the season, I meet with the team weekly to discuss various topics surrounding character such as integrity, honesty, humility, servant leadership, perseverance, grit and compassion,” he says. Jenkins also previously served as campus pastor at The Courageous Church.

“Within the next 10 years, we hope to provide quality housing for 15,000 residents throughout the Midwest,” Jenkins says. “It is our mission to create value and positively impact our community by developing vibrant mixed-use communities where individuals and families can live, work and play.”

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