We help create greater opportunities for Missourians to prosper.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life. As one team built around the customer and driven by data, DED aspires to be the best economic development department in the Midwest. DED is helping create opportunities for Missourians to prosper through the various initiatives of its six divisions: Administration, Business and Community Solutions, Missouri One Start, Regional Engagement, Strategy and Performance, and Tourism.

Office of the Director

Michelle Hataway
Michelle Hataway,

Overseen by the director, the department’s administration is comprised of many units and supports sections including general counsel, financial systems, budget and planning, legislative affairs, marketing/communications, and human resources. These units support the department’s agencies and its overall mission to grow the state of Missouri.

Regional Engagement Directory

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