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Missouri Partnership Welcomes New Leadership in 2020

New executive committee from top left: Scott Carter, Clif Smart, Jim Owen, Jim Curran

Missouri Partnership’s Board of Directors recently elected the following board members to its executive committee:

Chair: Scott Carter, President, Spire

Vice Chair: Clif Smart, President, Missouri State University

Treasurer: Jim Owen, President and CEO, Missouri Employers Mutual

Secretary: Jim Curran, Executive Vice President, Electrical Connection

In addition to a new executive committee, Missouri Partnership is welcoming Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.’s Joseph Wilkinson to its board. Wilkinson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Member Relations Officer at Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.

The following board members will continue to serve on Missouri Partnership’s Board in 2020:

Melissa Agustin: Vice President, Global Ag and Govt. Affairs, Bayer Crop Science

Lori Becklenberg: Vice President, AllianceSTL; MEDC President

Michael Collins: Vice President, Real Estate & Business Development, JE Dunn Construction

Debbie Dewey: President, Missouri American Water

Rob Dixon: Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development

Matt Forck: Vice President, Community, Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Ameren Missouri

Ryan Mooney: Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Council Representative

Tim Paulson: Kansas City Branch Manager, Emery Sapp & Sons

Ron Richard: Owner, C&N Bowling Corporation; Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives 2009-2011; President Pro Tempore of the Missouri Senate 2015-2019

Craig Unruh: President, AT&T Missouri

“We are honored to have these leaders serving on our board in 2020. As we look forward to the new year, it is extremely important for our organization to have strong leadership. These individuals understand economic development and they’re committed to our mission of bringing new jobs and investment to Missouri,” said Subash Alias, Missouri Partnership CEO.

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 2007, Missouri Partnership has worked with partners statewide to attract companies that have created 22,000+ new jobs, $1.1 billion+ in new annual payroll, and $2.7 billion+ in new capital investment. Some recent successful projects that led to major investment in Missouri include Amazon, Casey’s General Store, Empire Comfort Systems, Faurecia, Lincoln Rackhouse, Niagara Bottling, Nucor Steel, QRS Products, Square, and USDA.

Missouri Partnership works in partnership with the Hawthorn Foundation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the State of Missouri, and economic development groups across Missouri. Led by an independent Board of Directors and working in collaboration with partners from across the state, Missouri Partnership’s team markets Missouri globally as a strategic business location. Missouri Partnership provides direct support to companies interested in investing in the state and connects them with the best locations and solutions for their business goals.

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