Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri


Visiting Columbia

The University of Missouri is located in the heart of Columbia and is a two hour drive from either St. Louis or Kansas City along Interstate 70. Local scenery includes rivers, heavily wooded areas and rolling farm country. Columbia proudly claims to be one of the most “clean and green” cities in Missouri. Consistently ranked one of the best places to live by Money Magazine and Successful Retirement, Columbia has also been featured as “A Gem of a Town” by Southern Living.  

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with all the benefits of a big city. There are over 200 restaurants and brewpubs, including locally owned Booches (featured in USA Today) and Shakespeare’s Pizza, named the top college hangout in the “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” on ABC’s "Good Morning America." The University of Missouri campus borders downtown Columbia (The District) that is a thriving area home to many independent shopping venues, art galleries, public art and parks. It boasts a lively nightlife of music, theaters, comedy and clubs.  

Visit the Columbia Visitor’s Guide online for more information on local attractions.

Hotel Accommodations

Meeting attendees who wish to stay in a hotel are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the hotels. A block of rooms have been reserved at the designated hotels listed below. Please note that the room rates do not include tax and hotel fees. Attendees should identify themselves as with MID-AMERICA TRADE SUMMIT when making reservations.

The Tiger Hotel

23 S 8th Street, Columbia MO 65201
Ph. 573-875-8888

Room Rates

  • King: $129 per/night
  • J Suite: $169 per/night
  • Double: $149 per/night

The Broadway (A DoubleTree by Hilton)

Room block being held until October 21, 2018

1111 East Broadway, Columbia, Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201
Ph. 573-875-7000

  • Room Rate: $139 per/night

Reservation Code: MAS

Hampton Inn and Suites

Room block being held until October 22, 2018

1225 Fellows Place, Columbia, MO 65201
Ph. 573-214-2222

  • Room Rate: $119 per/night 

Block Name: MU-Mid America Trade Summit

Traveling to Columbia


The Columbia Regional Airport is a short 15-minute drive north to the MU campus. A taxi from the Columbia Regional Airport to the MU campus is approximately $36.

Columbia Regional Airport (COU)

11300 South Airport Drive

Columbia, MO 65201, USA

For those who would rather fly into a larger airport, Columbia is located midway between airports in St. Louis International (STL) and Kansas City International (MCI). Columbia is about a 2-hour drive from the St. Louis airport (STL) and a 2.5-hour drive from the Kansas City Airport (MCI). 

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

601 Brasilia Avenue 

Kansas City, MO 64153

St. Louis International Airport (STL)

10701 Lambert International Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63145

Ground Transportation

From Columbia Regional Airport (COU):

  • Shuttles/Taxis (Columbia rates vary from $18-$25).  You can usually catch a taxi service right in front of the main terminal.
  • Rental car services are available in the main lobby.

From Saint Louis Airport (STL) or Kansas City Airport (MCI):

  • The MO-X shuttle has several regularly scheduled trips from both airports to any location in Columbia.  Schedule and rate information for MO-X can be found on their website or by calling toll free (877) 669-4826.
  • Rental cars are available at both the St. Louis Airport (STL) and the Kansas City Airport (MCI).

Getting Around Columbia

During the Mid-America Trade Summit, shuttles will be offered between the Tiger Hotel and Broadway Hotel’s and Reynolds Alumni Center on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Shuttle service will run pre-conference between 6:45-7:45 a.m. and post-conference from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Columbia also offers Lyft, Uber and standard Taxi Terry's services.


Nov. 14, 2018 – Networking/Opening Session – Tiger Hotel

The Tiger Hotel is located in downtown Columbia. Parking options include:

  • Valet Parking at the Tiger Hotel
  • Street side parking (meters are monitored from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.)
  • Parking garage options 

Nov. 15, 2018 – SUMMIT Session – Reynolds Alumni Center

If you plan to drive a personal or rental vehicle onto campus, parking is available for a $5 daily fee in the Turner Avenue Garage (Visitor Level = Level 3). The Turner Avenue Garage is located at the corner or Tiger and Turner Avenues, across the street from Cornell Hall (home of the Trulaske College of Business) and the Reynolds Alumni Center

When using a GPS application, 700 Tiger Avenue, Columbia, MO 65211, will bring you to Cornell Hall and the nearby Turner Parking Garage. 

Click here to obtain a visitor-parking permit. You will need the following information to purchase your parking permit: Vehicle make, color and style; license plate number and issuant state.

Event Locations

Opening/Networking Reception 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

6-8 p.m.

The Tiger Hotel Ballroom, 23 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Trade Summit Sessions

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Reynolds Alumni Center, 123 Reynolds Alumni Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201


The Registration Fee for the MID-AMERICA TRADE SUMMIT is $195 per person.

Registration includes access to the Networking/Opening Reception (Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018) and the SUMMIT Sessions (Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018).

Click here to register for the Summit.