About Tri-State Development

Tri-State Development at Culver-Stockton College 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.


TSD was formed as a collaboration to get things done! Recognizing then and now that we accomplish more when we work together. We work hard to connect ideas and the people who have them to each other so that our goals resonate more effectively.


We help ensure that ideas make an impact! By supporting projects and programs that contribute to our local communities and regional goals, we help drive outcomes!


TSD is a collection of big thinkers, energetic doers, and motivated partners who help move ideas, create jobs, and propel the regional economy forward.


The mission of the Tri-State Development is to bring together stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities within the 3 state regions of Northeast Missouri, Southeast Iowa, and Western Illinois and to work collaboratively toward regional outcomes that will encourage investment in our communities and enhance the lives of our citizens.


We envision a sustainable, replicable model for collaborative impact among academic, industry, and organizational partnerships through strategic discussions, and projects, leading to program outcomes.

Quick Facts

3 states

36 counties

One Voice

Sponsoring Organizations

Please join us in thanking these outstanding community organizations who generously help fund the activities of Tri-State Development. Contributions to Tri-State Development at Culver-Stockton College support the annual Summit and community impact convenings, projects, and programs throughout the year.

Impact Partners

Blessing Health System

Klingner & Associates

Northeast Electric Power Coop.

Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP


Community Partners

Lewis Co. Industrial Development Authority

Quincy Medical Group


Sustaining Partners

Great River Economic Development Foundation

Pike-Scott Farm Bureau


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Leslie Sieck

Meet Leslie Sieck

Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development Executive Director, Tri-State Development

It's an honor to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of the Tri-State Development and the first Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Culver-Stockton College. I look forward to working with all of our regional stakeholders in sharing the value of our regional community for investment and growth.