Missouri Partnership Expands Business Recruitment Team in Kansas City

Missouri Partnership announced today that Kylee Garretson has been promoted to Director of Business Recruitment & Capacity Building. In this new role, Kylee will manage business attraction projects for Missouri, provide support to the full business recruitment team, and manage Missouri’s capacity building initiatives in communities across the state.

This new role will be based out of Missouri Partnership’s Kansas City office.

“Kylee has been an important part of Missouri’s team, supporting our global business recruitment efforts since she joined us in 2014,” Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said. “This new role is an important addition as we take Missouri to the next level of business attraction by providing more support to active projects and more direct support to communities preparing for their next expansion attraction opportunity.”

Kylee moved to Missouri in 2011 from Illinois after completing her bachelor’s degree. Kylee earned her Masters in Public Policy Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership in 2015 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She studied for her undergraduate at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, earning a degree in Psychology.

In addition, the full Missouri Partnership board voted to appoint Debbie Dewey, President of Missouri American Water, to the board, effective immediately.

“I am honored to be appointed to Missouri Partnership’s Board,” Dewey said. “I am new to Missouri and each day I learn exciting things about what this state has to offer in support of economic development. I look forward to helping share Missouri opportunities to businesses and entrepreneurs.”

“Debbie’s experience in economic development and her strong industry leadership will be a valuable asset to Missouri,” Alias said. “We are thrilled she has chosen to serve this state in this capacity, and we look forward to working with her to take Missouri into the future.”

About Missouri Partnership
Founded in 2007, 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 its founding, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners across Missouri to attract companies that have created more than 20,000 jobs, more than $1 billion in new annual payroll, and more than $2 billion in capital investment.

Missouri Partnership works in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the State of Missouri, and economic development agencies across Missouri. Led by an independent Board of Directors and working in collaboration with partners from across the state, Missouri Partnership’s expert team markets Missouri as a strategic business location globally and provides direct support to companies interested in investing in Missouri to connect them with the best locations and solutions for their business goals. Some major recent company investments in Missouri include Amazon, American Outdoor Brands, Aurora Organic Dairy, Auto Alert, CertainTeed, CVS Health, Dollar Tree, Faurecia, Nucor Steel, Owens Corning, Square and Vital Farms.


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