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Economic Development

The first-ever, Stone County Economic Development Summit was held June 13th.  During the summit, presentations provided a snapshot of where Stone County economic data falls and how that measures up across Missouri.  Information was also provided on the state of Missouri's economic development efforts.


Summit Speakers:

Stone County Economic Development SummitState Representative Brad Hudson 

Rep. Hudson represents Stone, Christian and Taney Counties (District 138) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.

Rob O’Brian, President, O’Brian & Associates

Mr. O’Brian has led Chambers of Commerce in economic development for more than thirty years.  As President of the Joplin (MO) Area Chamber of Commerce, Mr. O’Brian’s team developed a small business incubator; created a workforce training center in partnership with the local community college and developed and marketed one of the premier business parks in southwest Missouri.

Nick Thieman, Director at Gibson Technical Center

Mr. Thieman has been in education for 29 years as a teacher, principal and now Director at Gibson Tech for the past eight years.  Gibson Technical Center, in Reeds Springs, serves ten area high schools in Stone and Taney counties and graduates approximately 150 seniors a year from its programs.  Mr. Thieman is an advocate for creating a strong, skilled workforce in the region.

Luke Holtschneider, Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Luke began his journey in economic development at the Department in 2008. In February of 2018, Luke became the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  In this capacity, Luke focused on advancing the Department’s priority initiatives through strategic planning and performance management.  On August 2018, Luke was appointed Deputy Director to assist in carrying out the mission to make DED the Best in the Midwest!

Mary Rajek, Southwest Regional Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Regional Engagement Division

Ms. Rajek joined DED early this year having spent her career in the private sector, most recently providing consultant services in community and economic development to Cities, Counties and regional organizations across the Midwest.

Sean Johnson, Vice President of Business Recruitment, Missouri Partnership

Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include leading marketing outreach efforts, vetting available sites and buildings, providing community and workforce information, communicating Missouri’s favorable tax climate, and working hand-in-hand with companies considering the state as a location to invest and create jobs.

The presentations given during the Stone County Economic Development Summit are available for download.  Click the presentation title below to download.

Stone County Economic Overview

Gibson Technical Center Overview

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Business Attraction in Missouri

Building Economic Development in Stone County

Stone County Economic Development Resourses

Table Rock Regional Partnership

TRRP LOGO partner logosThe Table Rock Regional Partnership (TRRP) is a public/private partnership focusing on economic development efforts in Stone County, Missouri.  The founding partners are Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce, Stone County Commission, the City of Branson West, the City of Kimberling City, White River Valley Electric Cooperative and Table Rock Community Bank.  Other business stakeholders and municipalities are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

TRRP was formed in 2017 to address the needs and opportunities of new and existing business and advocate for a business-friendly environment throughout the county.  The partnership has become a member of the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership (SREP) to gain access to professional economic development resources.

Goals of the partnership include information from area businesses on challenges and opportunities, assisting businesses with issues through business support programs and developing a strategic plan for economic development efforts.


Business Retention and Expansion

The Table Rock Regional Partnership’s Business Retention & Expansion Program helps local businesses like yours: those that employ our residents and strengthen Stone County’s economy. Our partnership consists of Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce, Stone County Commission, the City of Branson West, the City of Kimberling City and Table Rock Community Bank. We provide companies with a single point of entry to a variety of business assistance resources.

How It Works

You'll meet with a representative from the Chamber's economic development team to identify the challenges and opportunities your business is facing. During this confidential meeting, we will ask you questions on a variety of topics including industry trends, workforce, legislative and government affairs, community services, and infrastructure, current operations, and future planning.

Based on that initial conversation, we will coordinate with the organizations and agencies that can help resolve your issues and open doors to programs such as:

  • Economic development incentives
  • Workforce training and financial assistance
  • Utilities, energy audits, and infrastructure
  • Interacting with local, state, and federal government
  • Import-export development assistance and international business development
  • Financing
  • Expansion project assistance
  • Business and management consulting
  • Networking and business development
  • Finding grant opportunities
  • Intern programs
  • Hiring quality employees

Why It's Easy

  • No hassle to participate - we do the legwork
  • Access the combined resources of many organizations working together
  • Take advantage of business support programs that help you improve your bottom line, grow, and create jobs
  • No cost to you
  • Find solutions to your business challenges

For more information contact Sheila Thomas at 417-739-2564 or

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