Long-time real estate professional pledges to bring new ideas to market the region
Dee Joyner, chairman of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board, announced that after a nationwide search the board has named Sheila Sweeney Chief Executive Officer of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Area leaders applaud the choice.
“I have enjoyed working with Sheila over the past few months as interim director, and I know she will continue to bring the expertise and business acumen we need to continue to grow our local economy and help create jobs across the region,” said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
“Sheila builds on a strong foundation of positioning St. Louis to compete as a region to continue the momentum of landing big projects like Ikea, Square, and Boeing,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “Marketing St. Louis City and County together under the Partnership has proven effective in growing our economy.”
Sweeney, who has served as interim CEO since June 2015, said she is looking forward to taking the lead on economic development for St. Louis City and County.
“I’m excited about this tremendous opportunity to work with civic, business and community leaders to ensure the growth and prosperity of our region,” said Sweeney.
Sweeney is an experienced real estate developer and leader in economic development. She founded and served as president of S.M. Sweeney and Co. She also served as the long-time board chair of the Partnership’s predecessor organization, St. Louis County Economic Council, as well as the board chair of St. Louis County Port Authority.
“We looked all over the country and realized the best candidate was right here in St. Louis,” said Joyner. “Additionally, she brings many fresh ideas from the private sector thanks to her successful career in real estate development and consulting.”