Tri-State Development Summit Welcomes New Faces + More Face Time

The Tri-State Development Summit (TSDS) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the addition of three new members helping to shape the upcoming Summit to be held Friday, October 25 at 9:00 AM in the Quincy Community Theater, inside the Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plz.


New steering committee members include Michael Elbe, Paul Dennison & Corey J. Mehaffy. Full bios can be found at:


Michael Elbe is President of John Wood Community College and has served in that role since 2014. Community involvement includes: On the board of Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, Great River Economic Development, United Way of Adams County and the Workforce Investment Board.


Paul Dennison is the owner of KILJ AM/FM Radio and was named Iowa Broadcaster of the year in 2005. Community involvement includes: On the board of Healthy Henry County Communities, Iowa Arts Council and Enhance Henry County Foundation.


Corey J. Mehaffy is the new president of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council. Community involvement includes: Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, C.J. Mehaffy, LLC, Growth Services Group and GSG Hospitality Group.


“I have been involved with the TSDS for many years now,” states Corey J. Mehaffy. “It is important for community leaders and other stakeholders in the tri-state area to gather on a regular basis to discuss common issues in an effort to identify the best paths forward. The TSDS provides attendees an opportunity to network with other leaders in the tri-state area forming important collaborations that have positively impacted a number of key projects in the area over the years. TSDS provides an opportunity to leverage the strengths our entire region creating a stronger collective business case for new investment than we could effectively accomplish independently.”


Also new this year, the TSDS offers guests an opportunity for more face time to get to know one another, building relationships crucial to forming tri-state partnerships and working together. Evening networking will be Thursday, October 24 at 5:00 PMin Dick Brothers Brewery, 929 York St., and include appetizers, as well as history and tunnel tours of the underground caverns.


Business partnerships, which include tickets, are available and registration is open at $45 ticket includes program lunch + Thursday tours & networking.


Currently, 36 counties comprise the one “Tri-State of Mind” for western Illinois, northeast Missouri and southwest Iowa. Counties served now include 14 in Illinois, 14 in Missouri and 8 in Iowa, making the population supported over 700,000.


The Mission of the Tri-State Development Summit is to bring together Tri-State area leaders to define common issues; To develop an on-going dialogue to effectively address those issues; And to improve the quality of life of the entire tri-state region through economic development activities.


For more information about the Tri-State Development Summit please visit our website at, or call (217) 223-4313.