Blue Springs, Mo. – City Administrator Eric Johnson has named Mark Stombaugh as the new Economic Development Manager effective January 23, 2017. The Economic Development Manager position was created as a result of the Economic Development Corporation being reorganized structurally under the City’s umbrella as the Economic Development Council in response to the changing needs of our business community. With a focus on economic growth and prosperity, this new position will work to retain, support, and collaborate with existing businesses while also recruiting new businesses that are in line with the city’s long-term strategic plan.
“Mark comes highly recommended and we are fortunate to have him on our team,” said Deputy City Administrator Adam Norris. “He brings expertise in the area of economic growth and development efforts with municipal and state governments and private non-profit corporations that will strengthen our efforts in attracting quality development and new businesses to our city. Mark will work closely with the Economic Development Council to help grow our existing businesses to create new job opportunities for our residents.”
Stombaugh will manage the many initiatives implemented over the past few years to ensure a business-friendly environment for new and existing businesses. “Our goal is an all-inclusive approach to economic growth with a ‘one-stop shop’ approach for businesses looking to grow or locate in Blue Springs. Mark’s expertise will make the economic growth process in Blue Springs more adaptive, efficient and will move us closer to achieving our community vision,” said Mike Lally, Chair of the Economic Development Council.
Stombaugh brings to Blue Springs more than 10 years of executive level experience in economic development, is certified economic developer and serves as president of the Missouri Economic Development Council.
"This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with City Council, the Economic Development Council, the City’s development team, and various key community partners to continue the momentum that Blue Springs has as a premier destination for growth and investment opportunities," said Stombaugh.
Prior to accepting this position, Stombaugh served the Liberty, Mo., community as executive director of the Liberty Economic Development Corporation. Stombaugh also served as the president and CEO of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. and as a project manager for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
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