Poplar Bluff Native Steps Down as Missouri's Economic Development Director

December 10, 2003 - Posted at 2:49 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - After ten years as Missouri's chief business recruiter, Poplar Bluff native Joe Driskill is resigning as director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Driskill is leaving the state agency to become the first executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation, a non-profit group created by state law.  Governor Holden's office confirmed the new job today.

A former state lawmaker from Butler County, Driskill was appointed economic development director in 1993 by then-Governor Mel Carnahan.  He was retained when Holden took office in 2001, and is the longest-serving director in department history.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)