Current Economic Developers

Current Economic Developers

St. Clair County Economic Developer, Teresa Heckenlively
As of January 8, 2018, Teresa Heckenlively is the new St. Clair County Economic Developer.
She moved to St. Clair County in 2011 with her husband and two youngest sons after visiting on vacation in 2009. The great school systems, beautiful country, and relaxed atmosphere had them sold on the area. They started a small business and have been able to provide for their family and a service to their community. She looks forward to helping others do the same.
To contact Teresa: call (417) 309-1786; email; or follow her on  and check out the new St. Clair County Economic Development website


St. Clair County Economic Development Brochure

Lowry City  recently received a grant for a public arts project on Main Street in Lowry City, however that grant will only fund half of the project. We need your help with the other half.  Like many small towns across the country, Lowry City’s beloved Main Street has fallen in to disrepair and is no longer the gathering place for neighbors it used to be. You can make a big difference in the community by helping us revitalize Main Street! Once we get the ball rolling on Main Street, I know that we can make it a busy place again! Our place making project will use the arts and a series of workshops led by the University of Missouri Extension to create a detailed arts plan and begin its implementation here on Main Street. This will be a community led arts plan, all of the artwork we create for Main Street will be chosen by the community. Your support would mean so much to me and so much to this classic small town. Together, we can make a big difference in this community. Let’s get the Ball Rolling! 

Cedar County Economic Developer, Marge Vance
A panel of local government officials from Stockton, El Dorado Springs, and Cedar County joined with Kaysinger Basin RPC officials to interview and then hire a new economic developer for Cedar County. Margaret Vance of Columbia was hired to fill the position and she began her duties April 11, 2016.
Vance primarily has been a financial analyst and accountant, and she comes to Cedar County with degrees from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota and the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Truman School of Public Affairs, where she received her master’s.
Jobs and business are going to be her focus, Vance said. “The most important thing is to bring jobs to the area. Rural America is losing jobs.” Vance has two main goals as an economic developer as she creates new jobs and develops the county’s economy. One is to expand existing businesses or bring in businesses which serve to support the existing economic base and build on; the other is to “go beyond, to bring in new business to the county.” Vance said she wants to build on what already works in the county and grow from there. She added her background in finance, business and economics will work well with the requirements of economic development.
To contact Marge: call (512) 433-0170; email