Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Jason Hall, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development on December 30, 2011. Mr. Hall was previously the executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation.
In making the announcement, Gov. Nixon said “Jason Hall is exactly the type of bright, energetic leader we need to help create jobs and move Missouri’s economy forward,” Gov. Nixon said. “Under Jason’s leadership, the Missouri Technology Corporation developed into a strong force for innovation and job-creation in our state. Our successful IDEA and Grow Missouri loan programs have been recognized nationally and are models for other states to follow, and the
legislature and Missourians also have embraced Jason’s leadership at MTC, as shown by the strong support for our innovative MOSIRA legislation. With his strong background at the MTC and his stellar academic record, I know Jason will bring energy, dedication and professionalism to his new position as director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.”
In 2009, Gov. Nixon appointed Mr. Hall executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation. During his tenure at MTC, Mr. Hall oversaw a transformation and rejuvenation of the organization and its mission of supporting the growth of high-tech scientific and technology companies in the state. Mr. Hall was instrumental in the development of Missouri’s competitive application for the State Small Business Credit Initiative, a program that is investing $27 million in high-tech, small-business growth and job creation in Missouri. The two programs developed under Missouri’s SSBCI application, the IDEA and Grow Missouri loan programs, were recognized nationally as models other states should follow.
Under Mr. Hall’s leadership, the MTC invested in strategic development projects designed to create jobs and foster a positive return on investment for the state. The MTC also has supported a number of key initiatives to develop entrepreneurial talent in Missouri and to help entrepreneurs transform bright ideas into successful and growing entrepreneurial companies, including firms like Pulse Therapeutics, Leinco Technologies, Newsy.com, Soy Labs, and SCD Probiotics. The MTC also played a key role in attracting a major investment from DuPont/Pioneer for a biotech facility in the Bootheel.
In his role at the MTC, Mr. Hall also was a key leader for the administration on the critical Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, which was passed by the General Assembly during the special session in 2011 as a tool to help create jobs and attract investment in high-tech, high-growth industries.
The first member of his family to earn a college degree, Mr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1997 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002, where he was editor in chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. After earning his law degree, Mr. Hall served a one-year appointment as a law clerk for the Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla., and then worked as an attorney in private practice.