Josh Beck EDFP


Josh Beck provides site selection, credits and incentives, and economic development counsel to companies and communities of all sizes. His experience, holding key positions for economic development organizations at both the state and local level, along with private-sector sales and marketing, provides Josh with the unique experience to help his clients shape, plan and implement a plan for growth.

Prior to joining MarksNelson, Josh served as President of his economic development consulting firm, Community EDGE.

Josh Beck

  • 2019 Leadership Overland Park Class

Westminster College, BA Business and Leadership Studies (summa cum laude)

Professional Associations
  • CoreNet, Board of Directors
  • Missouri Economic Development Council,  Past Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Marketing Committee
  • Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth, Marketing Implementation Team
  • Missouri Certified Sites, Review Committee
  • National Business Incubation Association, Member
Professional Designations

Certified Economic Development Finance Professional

  • Facilitated the development and launch of numerous public-private economic development organizations
  • Developed and launched numerous comprehensive regional economic development marketing strategies
  • Provided strategic planning, training, and leadership coaching
  • Worked with companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 100 and facility expansion and relocation projects ranging from 2-5 employee operations to those involving thousands of jobs and capital investment in excess of $1 billion
Publications & Speaking Events
  • Tri-Cities Economic Forum, Team-Based Strategic Planning, 2018
  • Utility Economic Development Association, Rural Economic Development, 2018
  • Heartland Economic Development Course, Understanding Site Selection, 2018 & 2017
  • MO Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, Charting Your Course, 2017  
  • MO Economic Development Council, Personalize It for Your Community, 2017
  • St. Charles 2030 Summit, Industry Targeting, 2016
  • KC Business Journal, How to Leverage Location as a Competitive Advantage, 2016
  • KC Business Journal, Workforce: Creating and Filling a Pipeline of Skilled Employees, 2016
  • LEA Global Conference, Effective Location Strategy, 2015
  • MO Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, Successful Strategies for Business Attraction, 2014  
  • MO Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, Best Practices for Business Retention & Expansion, 2014  
When I’m not working

I enjoy going on family adventures with my wife and our two amazing children, traveling, being outdoors, hiking, camping and learning something new.

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