Steve Johnson is the CEO of Missouri Partnership, a public-private economic development partnership that leads business recruitment in Missouri. Missouri Partnership works in close cooperation with the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation, and regional economic organizations throughout the state to accomplish this objective. Steve joined Missouri Partnership in early 2015, having led regional economic development initiatives in both Kansas City and St. Louis from 1991-2015.
During his career, Steve has been involved with successful business recruitment projects with companies such as Boeing, Wachovia Securities, Isle of Capri, American Family Insurance, AT&T, Brown Shoe Co., Transamerica Life Insurance, Harley Davidson, Speedway Motorsports, American Outdoor Brands, Maytag, Johnson Controls, Nestle, CVS, Cushman & Wakefield and Square.
Prior to Missouri Partnership, Steve’s economic development experience included guiding the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s economic development initiatives as well as leading business attraction for the Kansas City Area Development Council and chambers of commerce in Mobile, Alabama, and Jefferson City, Missouri, his hometown.
Steve is a Certified Economic Developer and active in the International Economic Development Council, along with the Industrial Asset Management Council and Site Selectors Guild. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harding University, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children and six grand-children and live in St. Louis.
You can connect with Steve at 314.725.2688 or via email, LinkedIn or Twitter below.