SPEAKER

David Leezer, CEcD, FM

Director of Economic Development
City of St. Charles
St. Charles, MO

David A. Leezer FM, CEcD serves Director of Economic Development for the City of St. Charles, Missouri and has held that position since April, 2011.

During his tenure, the city has experience over $200 million of new investment. He has improved the city's marketing efforts, especially in the area of electronic marketing and social media and created the department's first ever strategic plan. Leezer also led the department in its acquisition of its Accredited Economic Development (AEDO) status.

Prior to joining the city, he worked for the St. Louis County (MO) Economic Council serving as a Vice President for the organization. He was also employed as the Director of Economic Development for St. Charles County (MO) and also worked as an economic development specialist for Ameren Corporation and Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS).

Leezer is has earned the designation of Fellow Member (FM) Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He is the current Chair of the IEDC Sustainability Committee and is past-Chair of the AEDO Committee. Leezer is also an adjunct professor for Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville lecturing on Strategic Planning, Needs Assessment, Crisis Management, Livability and Economic Development.