The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry voiced its support as Gov. Greitens filled a position critical to Missouri employers. Greitens named Rob Dixon as Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
“We are very excited about the announcement. Rob is a proven professional in the economic development field and this announcement is great news for Missouri employers,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “Few areas of state government work as closely with Missouri employers as does the Department of Economic Development. As Director, Rob has the opportunity to greatly impact Missouri’s job growth and future prosperity of our state.”
The Missouri Department of Economic Development oversees services and programs to support Missouri’s economic growth. It consists of three divisions: The Business and Community Services Division administers programs to help businesses grow and create jobs. The Division of Workforce Development provides access and training for Missouri workers. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) provides economic and demographic data for businesses.
“Rob’s experience will be a great asset to the state,” Mehan said. “He has years of experience working for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, a fast-growing Missouri region. Most recently, he served as the head of the Missouri Community College Association, giving him valuable exposure to institutions on the front line of training our future workforce.”
Dixon has been a strong supporter of the Missouri Chamber strategic economic plan for the state, Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead. Under his leadership, the Missouri Community College Association endorsed the plan.