JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens has selected the current president of the Missouri Community College Association as Missouri’s new Acting Director of Economic Development.
In a release issued Friday afternoon, Greitens announced his decision to name Rob Dixon as the head of the state’s economic development agency.
“Our top priority is more jobs and higher pay for the people of Missouri. For too long, Missouri’s economy has struggled. Real change and bold leadership are needed to bring jobs back to our state,” Greitens released in a statement. “Rob has proven that he knows how to get results and drive change. His experiences as a Marine, economic developer, and leader of Missouri’s community colleges will help to make Missouri one of the top states for jobs. We are excited for Rob to join our team and get to work helping the people of Missouri find quality jobs.”
Dixon previously worked as executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and as executive director of the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce, before landing him with the MCCA as the CEO. Under his leadership, the MCCA made a major announcement this past legislative session, in which Dixon helped successfully coordinate an agreement with major policy changes for Missouri’s 12 community colleges.
“Governor Greitens and I share the same desire to transform the way Missouri does economic development. The people of Missouri need more jobs and higher pay,” Dixon said. “We’re going to compete with every state in the country to win jobs for our people. I look forward to working with economic developers across the state to create one of the top business climates in the nation.”
The move was applauded by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The appointment is still subject to Senate confirmation.
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.