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Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

The selected candidate will be responsible for leading, directing and supervising the entrepreneurship division of the SLEDP by managing the direction, strategy and structure of SLEDP’s startup and entrepreneurial initiatives. The initiatives include the STLVentureWorks (STLVW) programs and facilities including the Biotech Incubator (Helix Center), providing oversight of the Helix Fund, developing and overseeing SLEDP entrepreneurial initiatives (business plan competition, Accelerate St. Louis, etc.). Also will lead SLEDP’s entrepreneurial efforts in targeted industry sectors (e.g., biosciences and technology) and will partner with, collaborate, and lead broader regional industry/community entrepreneurial initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited institution in business or local government administration, political science, law, marketing, planning, or related.
  • Appropriate certifications, and membership in professional organizations and associates, preferred.
  • 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 public sector experience.