Missouri Partnership Announces Kim Gerlt as Director, Business Recruitment & Capacity Building

Missouri Partnership announced today that Kim Gerlt has been promoted to Director, Business Recruitment & Capacity Building. In her new role, Gerlt will lead business attraction projects and continue to increase Missouri’s competitiveness through the organization’s Capacity Building program.

“Kim has shown exceptional dedication and leadership, and she will continue to elevate our organization’s efforts in fostering economic growth as she steps into this pivotal role,” said Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “We are confident in her ability to lead impactful business attraction projects and further enhance Missouri’s competitiveness through our Capacity Building program. Kim’s passion and expertise will undoubtedly drive us towards even greater success as we work tirelessly to make Missouri the premier destination for businesses to thrive.”

Gerlt joined Missouri Partnership as Business Recruitment Manager & Legal Specialist in March 2021. Since then, she has provided invaluable support to the Project Management team, leading to nearly 5,900 new jobs and more than $3.4 billion in capital investment from global companies. Gerlt has also supported the organization’s General Counsel on various legal items as part of her role as Legal Specialist.

Missouri Partnership has a robust Capacity Building program – Raise the Bar. Gerlt has done extensive work with the program. In her new role, she will lead this effort to help Missouri communities prepare for business attraction projects. 

“I have had the privilege of working alongside our incredible team since joining Missouri Partnership, and I am honored to take on this new role and embark on leading business attraction projects,” said Gerlt. “I am also thrilled to continue working on our Raise the Bar Capacity Building initiative to help make Missouri even more competitive.”

Prior to joining Missouri Partnership, Gerlt worked at The Missouri Bar. She spent most of her career in state government where she worked in various departments, including the Department of Insurance, Boards and Commissions in the Office of Missouri Governor, as well as the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

About Missouri Partnership

Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization focused on attracting new jobs and investment to the state and promoting Missouri’s business strengths. Since 2008, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners statewide to attract companies that have created 32,900+ new jobs, $1.7 billion+ in new annual payroll, and $6.4 billion+ in new capital investment. Some recent successful projects that led to major investment in Missouri include Accenture Federal Services LLC, American Foods Group, Casey’s, Chewy, Inc., James Hardie, Meta, Swift Prepared Foods, URBN, USDA, and Veterans United.