Andrews has played a critical role in the creation and/or retention of over 1,000 fully benefitted full-time positions in Columbia. The vast majority of these jobs exceed the Boone County average wage and most do not require advanced degrees so all citizens in our region can and will benefit from his most recent efforts. Bernie is key in each of these projects. He schedules and coordinates numerous meetings with officials from around the U.S., REDI, City of Columbia officials, various architects and contractors to ensure timely and responsive action. He responds to a mountain of information requests about infrastructure, workforce availability and training, housing costs, city amenities, educational resources, and more – the list is virtually endless. And yet, Bernie’s ability to make whatever needs to be done happen in a first class and timely manner is evident given the successful outcomes of his efforts.
“Bernie Andrews is the perfect example of a professional economic developer. His dedicated work ethic has benefited numerous citizens and companies in central Missouri. We are honored to have the privilege of working with Bernie to better our community and the great state of Missouri. He is truly deserving of this recognition!” states Stacey Button, President, REDI, Inc., Columbia and Dave Griggs, chair of the REDI Incentives Subcommittee and MEDC Volunteer of the Year in 2003.
The Professional Economic Developer of the Year award winner is selected by the Counselors of MEDC, which is a group of professionals who have achieved great success in their economic development careers.