Lake Ozark, MO (June 13, 2018) – Jessica Craig, Executive Director – Sedalia/Pettis County EDC, Sedalia, Missouri has been named by the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) as the 2018 Professional Economic Developer 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. Craig was recognized at the MEDC Annual Conference on June 13th at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Craig has played a critical role in economic development on many levels for many years but her recent involvement with the Nucor Steel project exemplifies the professionalism needed in the economic development world. Jessica is being recognized as being the glue that held a state and local team together to work with this project that is creating 250 jobs and investing $265 million in capital to build a new steel mill on a greenfield site. Working with the Missouri Partnership team, KCP&L, Union Pacific, the Department of Economic Development, multiple state agencies, land owners, community partners, and the company itself, she worked tirelessly to make this deal happen. After the lights and cameras of the announcement went away, Jessica continues to work through critical details on the project. She continues to personally make sure that every detail is addressed. This project has received significant international attention and it will have long-lasting positive effects on our state. Jessica’s work was vital to her community and to the entire state’s interest.
“Jessica Craig is a natural leader and a great person, on top of being one of the best economic developers in Missouri,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “If it wasn’t for Jessica Craig, there wouldn’t be a steel mill in Sedalia. Her work to bring Nucor to Missouri was a testament to her leadership and professionalism, and she is a model for every economic developer in our state.”
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.