Monday, September 24, 2007

Jim Devine: Lee's Summit, MO's ED Scout

Scouts are football’s unsung heroes. While players and coaches focus on winning games now, scouts search for the talent that will help the team thrive in the future. Jim Devine is Lee’s Summit’s equivalent of a scout. He has been searching for new business for the city since 1999, and Lee’s Summit has been on a winning streak throughout his tenure.

“Economic development is both an art and a science,” Devine said. “You have to manage community issues, building sites and the incentive process, and you have to inform public officials about the proper course of action. It’s a team effort.”

Jim Devine is indeed one of the best economic development scouts I know. He is also one of the business' most esteemed leaders. Jim has been a role model to many economic developers. Personally, I've taken several notes from him throughout my career.

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