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Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

In 1984, St. Louis County government consolidated a handful of small agencies to form the St. Louis County Economic Council to serve as the county’s economic development agency. Part public entity and part private sector, the Economic Council was created to drive growth and prosperity in St. Louis County and the region. The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP) was formed in 2013 through an agreement between the St. Louis County Economic Council and the economic development agency of the city (St. Louis Development Corporation) marking a new era of collaboration within the St. Louis region by aligning efforts in business development, business finance, entrepreneurial support and international trade services. Today, the SLEDP provides a broader range of services than most agencies of its kind, boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting and retaining companies, increasing the region’s international reach, and revitalizing municipalities. The partnership has become a key facilitator of regional growth for businesses and communities throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Position Overview

Under the direction of the President and working in partnership with the SVP of Business Development, the VP of Strategic Initiatives and the Executive Director of the World Trade Center St. Louis, responsibilities will include senior level project leadership for the SLEDP in the area of defense business/worker retention/expansion/transition and to develop an advanced manufacturing sector. This will support SLEDP’s overall divisional goals, strategies, and interactions with media, government officials, business leaders, consultants, real estate professionals, and community leaders to retain, expand and transition defense businesses and improve the local advanced manufacturing climate in the St. Louis area.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Preferred) from an accredited institution in business, public administration/policy, political science, law, urban planning, environmental studies, library science or similar/related field.
  • Candidates must have the business and professional presence appropriate to serving as an ambassador for the SLEDP, with the Board, in the community, and with the media.
  • Requirements and expectations further include at least ten years of progressively more responsible and related experience