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Tom has been instrumental in the creation/retention of over 13,000 jobs and $1 billion of new capital investment in the Kansas City area since moving to the region in 1995. Such success has been the result of consensus building and an unwavering commitment to teamwork. Solid partnerships with state agencies, regional development councils, governing bodies, chambers of commerce, real estate professionals, educational institutions and independent business owners have been critical in attaining such success.
Tom holds both a Masters (MBA) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University. Additionally, he earned the designation of CEcD from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in January 2001. To date, only about 1,500 individuals have received the designation worldwide.
As Director of Community and Economic Development, Tom leads a team of over 20 highly skilled professionals charged with the growth and maintenance of the quality of life relative to development within the City of Blue Springs. This includes all functions of Business Recruitment, Business Retention, Entrepreneurship, City Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Business Services, Codes Administration, Licensing, Permitting, Inspection and Plan Review.