Lake Ozark, MO (June 15, 2016) – Andy Papen, Manager of the CDBG/Compliance Group at Missouri Department of Economic Development in Jefferson City has been named by the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) as the 2016 Governmental Member of the Year. This prestigious award is presented to an MEDC member who has made significant contributions in the field of community-based economic development and who is employed by a unit of government but who is not a community based economic developer. Papen was recognized at the MEDC Annual Conference on June 15th at the Lake of the Ozarks.
“Andy has had an extensive career in economic development – 25+ years. He has adapted, and helped communities throughout the state, through the extremes in federal funding; including the infusion of Recovery Act and individual disaster resources. Handling the allocation of these significant resources while keeping the program in line with HUD programming is no small feat, even before “compliance” was a real thing to many of us. I don’t think there are many other people that can they have helped relocate communities (floods), rebuild communities, and expand communities capacity in as many ways as Andy has. This has taken place truly in communities of all sizes,” said Mark Stombaugh Liberty Economic Development Corporation.
Outgoing President Donna Brown said “Andy has been an excellent leader and partner to both the economic developers and communities he has worked with during his career and is most deserving of this award “.