Economic Development

Current Economic Developers

Teresa Heckenlively, St. Clair County Economic Development Director
Teresa Heckenlively is the St. Clair County Economic Development Director.
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 St. Clair County Economic Development website


Nick Allison, Cedar County Economic Development Director
Nick is an El Dorado Springs native who graduated from El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools in 2013 and went on to graduate from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Nick said, “I care a lot about this community. It’s where I was raised, and where my family resides. I look forward to working with our existing businesses to see where we might find potential expansion opportunities, research further revitalization possibilities, and the thought of attracting new business to El Dorado Springs is also exciting.”

To contact Nick, call (417) 391-6012 or email him at

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Ben Vickers, Vernon County Economic Development Director

Ben Vickers grew up on a family farm in Vernon County, and attended high school in El Dorado Springs. He’s a recent graduate from Missouri State University in Springfield, with a Bachelors degree in Political Science, a minor in music, and a certificate in Small Town Planning and Development. “Nevada has as an incredible amount of potential for development, and because this area is my home I want to make it happen. I want to make a positive difference for my community.”

To contact Ben call (660) 492-2993 or email


Jo Ann Lane, Benton County Economic Development Director

“Benton County is my home and I want to see continuous growth.” Jo Ann moved to Benton County over 30 years ago with her husband and four children. While all the children have graduated and moved to different areas, Benton County is still her home. “Benton County has seen many changes in the last 30 years and will continue to see further progress. I am excited to be able to work in the county and support the local business community. Each town in Benton County is unique and has a great deal to offer.”

To contact Jo Ann, call (660) 492-3402 or email her at and like and follow her on