Departure of the Director of State Economic Development
After four years at the helm, Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon is leaving the department on October 22 for a position with Ameren Missouri.
Dixon has been Director of DED since July 2017 and has contributed to the development of numerous economic development initiatives and projects.
“Rob did a great job for the people of Missouri during his tenure, and his leadership will certainly be missed,” said Maggie Kost, director of communications and marketing for DED. “We will continue, and I know we have a great team in place here in the department who are going to do a great job going forward.”
Under his leadership, the department rolled out the Missouri One Start program, which provides pre-employment services ranging from screening and recruitment to job-specific training.
Dixon also oversaw the development of Missouri’s Best in Midwest initiative and several projects, such as the General Motors expansion in Wentzville, the Nucor steel plant in Sedalia, and the headquarters of the United States Department of Agriculture. United in Kansas City.
“We are thrilled for Director Dixon as he enters this next chapter of his career,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Rob has built an incredibly strong team at DED, and while his leadership and thoughtful approach will be missed, we know that the passionate and dedicated members of the DED team will help ensure a smooth transition and continue to serve Missourians without delay.
“Rob’s love for this state has helped provide greater opportunities for thousands of Missourians, and Teresa and I thank him for his service and wish him the best in his new role and all that will follow,” he said. Parson continued.
Dixon begins his role as Director of Community and Economic Development for Ameren on October 29.
In this role, he will oversee the planning and implementation of the utility company’s strategies to promote community and economic growth in its service area of 64 counties and 500 communities.
“Missouri is a great place to do business, and I’m excited to continue to help move our state forward for years to come in my new role with Ameren Missouri,” Dixon said in a press release. “I know of Ameren Missouri’s high level of commitment to attracting and retaining jobs in our state, and I am honored and honored to join the exceptional team focused on community and economic development.”
Parson reviews candidates for the interim director position until he appoints a permanent replacement. The interim director will be announced before Dixon’s last day.
In the meantime, Kost said the work of the department will continue.
“We have an incredibly strong team here at DED, and we will continue to serve the people of Missouri with passion and dedication, and we certainly won’t miss a beat even if Director Dixon leaves and will certainly be missed,” said Kost.