Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Missouri Governor Appoints Katie Steele Danner as Interim Economic Development Director

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Press Release from Gov. Nixon on resignation of Department of Economic Development Director Linda Martinez

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement upon the resignation of Linda Martinez, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development:

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Linda Martinez as director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

"I appreciate the work Linda has done over the first eight months of this administration. Her efforts to create jobs and to give the department increased economic development tools, including the successful passage of a bi-partisan jobs bill, will continue to pay dividends to the people of Missouri. I wish her success in her return to private practice, where she will continue to be an asset to this state.

"It is clear that we need to take our effort to create jobs to the next level. To that end, I have started a Show-Me Business Tour to meet with business leaders across the state to hear about the opportunities and challenges facing their companies.

"There is much work to be done to attract more businesses to Missouri and put more of our citizens back to work. We will immediately begin a search for a new director. During the search process, Deputy Director Katie Steele Danner will be the interim director of the department."

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