A group of six veteran economic development members are designated as Counselors. An individual may only serve one five-year term as a Counselor and terms are staggered. Counselors serve with voting rights on the MEDC Board of Directors.

Their primary mission of the Counselors is to serve as advisors to the Board of Directors. They shall meet together and with the Board of Directors at least once per year to review MEDC‘s activities and provide suggestions for improving MEDC‘s plans, programs and operations. Counselors will also select the recipient of the Economic Development Professional of the Year Award to be presented at the MEDC Annual Meeting.

Counselors also coordinate at least one annual fundraiser to assist in increasing the organization’s general revenue.

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Benjamin Jones EDFP
2017 Counselor City Utilities of Springfield, MissouriManager – Economic Development
Work PO Box 551 301 East Central Springfield MO 65801-0551 Work Phone: Phone: (417) 831-8560 Website:
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John Mehner CCE
2018 Counselor Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of CommercePresident/CEO
Work 1267 North Mount Auburn Rd. Cape Girardeau MO 63701 Work Phone: Phone: (573) 335-3312 Website:
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Jasen Jones PCED
2019 Counselor Workforce Investment Board of SW MO
Work PO Box 1706 105 N Range Line Rd Joplin MO 64802-1706 Work Phone: Phone: (417) 206-1717 Website:
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Lori Becklenberg
Treasurer and 2020 Counselor St. Louis Regional Chamber
Work One Metropolitan Square St. Louis MO 63102 Work Phone: Phone: (314) 444-1193 Website:
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Michael Kearney CEcD
2021 Counselor Ameren Services
Home P. O. Box 66149 – Code 350 Ballwin MO 63011 USA Home Phone: 314-554-2304
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Becky Cleveland PCED
2022 Counselor Brookfield IDAExecutive Director
Work 207 N Main St PO Box 67 Brookfield, MO 64628 MO 64628 Work Phone: Phone: 660-258-7278 Work Fax: Fax: 660-258-3838 Website:
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