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Steve Etcher


Steve Etcher specializes in helping clients chart the right course toward growth. A recognized leader in community and economic development, Steve has been called on to testify before the United States House of Representatives and Missouri General Assembly and to speak at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Steve has also provided presentations to several economic development organizations.

Prior to joining MarksNelson, Steve was Vice President of the economic development consulting firm Community EDGE.

Industry ExpertiseSpecialtiesProjectsPublications & Speaking EngagementsProfessional AssociationsEducationWhen I'm not working
  • Manufacturing
  • Food Processing
  • Agriculture
  • Government
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Economic Development
  • Community planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Workforce development
  • Grant writing
  • Project administration
  • Project compliance and reporting
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Succession planning
  • Organizational development
  • Leadership development
  • Obtained more than $100 million to fund community and economic development projects
  • Created and funded a $1 million revolving loan fund to assist businesses
  • Relocated three communities from the floodplain
  • Launched a rural public transit system
  • Administered more than 100 community infrastructure projects
  • Grace Bible Church, Deacon Board Chair
  • Rotary Club of Warren County
  • GBA Sports Ministry
  • GBC Financial Counseling Ministry
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities Conference, Thinking & Acting Like a Region, October 2014
  • Economic Development Administration Regional Annual Conference, Positioning Your EDD for the Future, September 2014
  • National Association of Development Organizations Leadership Conference, Advice for New Executive Directors, May 2014
  • FOCUS Alternatives Future Forum, Regionalism: A New Theory or a Tested Concept, May 2014
  • United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, Testimony on Federal Economic Development Programs, July 2011
  • The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs—Building Blocks for Economic Development and Job Growth, September 2012
  • Missouri Association of Councils of Governments, President
  • National Association of Development Organizations, Second Vice-President 
  • National Business Incubation Association, Member
  • Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
  • Columbia College, BS Business Administration (summa cum laude)
I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf and basketball, and serving in my local church.