Steve Johnson is the CEO of Missouri Partnership, a public-private economic development partnership that leads business recruitment in Missouri. Missouri Partnership works in close cooperation with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation and regional economic organizations throughout the state to accomplish this objective. Johnson joined Missouri Partnership in early 2015, having led regional business attraction in both Kansas City and St. Louis from 1991-2015. Since July 2016, Missouri Partnership has successfully attracted corporate investment leading to 3,500+ jobs and more than $545 million in investment to Missouri.
Prior to Missouri Partnership, Johnson’s economic development experience included guiding the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s economic development initiatives, as well as leading business attraction for the Kansas City Area Development Council and chambers of commerce in Mobile, Alabama and Jefferson City, Mo., his hometown.