The annual conference addresses economic and community development initiatives.

Culver-Stockton College (C-SC) has announced the schedule for the annual Tri-State Development Summit set for Sept. 13-14, 2023, at the Oakley-Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy, Illinois.

Tri-State Development operates as a collaborative effort among stakeholders to support economic initiatives within the 36-county region of Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa, and West Central Illinois. The organization supports the region by cultivating collaborative relationships, promoting interdisciplinary problem-solving, fostering the expansion of academic-organization-industry initiatives, and developing an environment for collective impact to address the current and emerging political, economic, and social challenges in the region. Civic and industry leaders, elected officials, education professionals, and community organizations work together to identify challenges and promote initiatives that drive regional growth.

“The Annual Tri-State Development Summit provides an opportunity for a region-wide focus on the challenges impacting economic development in our communities, such as workforce shortages, lack of available childcare, the housing crisis, and access to broadband internet. By coming together to learn from one another and to work toward solutions we create opportunities for growth and positive outcomes,” said Leslie Sieck, executive director of the Tri-State Development Summit and vice president for economic and workforce development at C-SC.

This year’s event begins with an introductory workshop for economic development for community leaders at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. This workshop will provide community members with the knowledge needed to help identify and assist with economic development priorities in their communities. A networking event will follow the workshop. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet other members of the organization, exchange business cards, and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar.

The summit continues on Sept. 14 with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by opening remarks at 8:30 by Sieck and Quincy Mayor Mike Troup. Lou Zacharilla, founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, will deliver the keynote address. The program includes a number of breakout sessions and presentations. The full day’s events can be viewed on the website at

The Tri-State Development Summit is open to the public and all are invited. Registration is now open. Please visit for more information.

Contact the Marketing & Public Relations Office, at or 573-288-6000 ext. 6728 for more information.

NOTE: A number that appears immediately after a person’s name (i.e. Jane Doe ’18) is a reference to the year that person earned their bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton.

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