Stacey Button is the President of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) and Director of Economic Development for the City of Columbia, Missouri. Stacey made the move to Columbia three years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona, where she was the Director of Economic Vitality for the City of Flagstaff.
Similar to her prior responsibilities in Flagstaff, Stacey is charged with motivating and leading a high performing team at REDI, as well as developing and implementing economic development initiatives to accommodate the rapid growth objectives of the organization, City of Columbia and Boone County region.
Specific economic development projects that Stacey has been instrumental in by serving a lead role include the design and development of a business incubator and Tier 2 business accelerator, numerous airport capital projects, securing secondary air service, development of a university-based conference center, negotiation of annual NFL training camp, several state and federal grant awards, as well as the expansion and retention of numerous high tech, bioscience, manufacturing, and renewable companies through job creation.
Mentor Statement: As a new member to the community, I am honored to be selected as a mentor for the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). I look forward to being an active participant providing meaningful advice and guidance to entrepreneurs based on my experience and expertise. This opportunity aligns well with REDI’s organizational mission and my personal vision, both of which focus on growing the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and creating living wage jobs. In addition, the alignment with the University’s mission as a leader in innovation and the promotion of economic development is critical in advancing the research and development being conducted in our community, and I am proud to be a Mizzou VMS mentor and advisory board member as part of this collaborative effort.