Nixon names new Missouri economic development chief

Friday, December 30, 2011 | 6:05 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the leader of state-funded technology agency to become his third economic development director.

Nixon announced Friday that he had picked Jason Hall to lead the state Department of Economic Development. Hall has been the director for the Missouri Technology Corp. since 2009. The state-funded Missouri Technology Corp.'s purpose is to promote economic development through technology in business. The appointment to lead the Economic Development Department Senate confirmation.

Hall replaces David Kerr, who announced last month that he would step down at the end of the year. Nixon's first economic development director was St. Louis attorney Linda Martinez, who resigned after less than year following apparent disagreements with Nixon.

Hall has degree in economics from Bates College and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.


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