Cara Weber, Vice President, Business Recruitment at Missouri Partnership, has been announced as a recipient of the 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry.
“It is a true honor to be recognized as one of the 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 professionals,” said Cara Weber, Vice President, Business Recruitment at Missouri Partnership. “I am proud that the work I do in collaboration with talented colleagues throughout the state results in prosperity for the hardworking people of Missouri.”
Weber began her career in economic development with Missouri Partnership in 2010 as a Business Recruitment Coordinator. Seven years later, she joined Duff & Phelps where she was able to view economic development through the lens of a site selection consultant. While she enjoyed diving into local incentives across the country for various clients, she knew her true passion was working as an economic developer on behalf of a community. So she joined Greater St. Louis, Inc., and recently she returned to where it all began – Missouri Partnership.
“The purpose-driven work of economic development plays a vital role in communities around the world, and much of it is led by young professionals,” said Julie Curtin, President of DCI’s Economic Development Practice. “These 40 rising stars are contributing their creativity, dedication and leadership to make a tremendous impact in their communities and our industry as a whole, and I so look forward to what lies ahead in their careers.”
Alongside Cara, Emily McVey, Vice President of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, was recognized as a recipient of the 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award. Steven Anthony, the Executive Director of Business Development at the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, also won the award.
The awards program is hosted by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based integrated marketing firm that works with economic development and travel organizations around the globe, and Jorgenson Consulting, a leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic and community development industries. An independent selection committee of six economic development leaders and site selection consultants evaluated nominations based on demonstration of strong leadership, commitment and innovation every day in the workplace.
“The economic development industry continues to evolve and these rising leaders are stepping up to the challenge,” said Todd Jorgenson, Managing Director and Principal of Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. “Congratulations to these 40 winners – and to the communities that are lucky to benefit from their expertise.”
For more information on the 40 Under 40 awards program and this year’s winners, visit econdev40under40.com.