40 Under 40 Winners
Meet The Class of 2023
The 40 Under 40 Awards are an economic development initiative that DCI sponsors in partnership with Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. Every two years, we take submissions from influential leaders in the economic development profession who are working to support their communities, organizations and the industry itself. A selection committee sorts through the nominations and selects 40 young leaders or entrepreneurs who have demonstrated strong leadership, innovation and forward-thinking. The award winners are celebrated and recognized in January at the IEDC Leadership Summit for their excellence in economic development.
Meaningful Number: 72,000
The average wage for the almost 3,000 jobs generated by the projects Steven and his team led during his first 11 months leading business development for the EDC of Kansas City, MO.
Meaningful Number: 1.1 Billion & 8,524
The revenue generated in economic development and the number of jobs created and retained in the last year. These efforts have led to a vibrant, walkable downtown, an expanding rapid transit system, urban innovation districts and a strong tourism economy.
Meaningful Number: 1,300
The first ever number of contacts between City government and Fairfax’s small business community during the height of the pandemic, and the number of touch points our agency had providing support to small businesses throughout Fairfax City.
Janel L. Carothers
Meaningful Number: 1
Hydrogen’s atomic number is 1. At Hy Stor Energy, Janel and her team are scaling green hydrogen to set the gold standard for zero-carbon, zero-methane hydrogen to better ensure clean air and water, and public health in our communities.
Meaningful Number: 73
The number of local organizations and employers who joined together to do something about workforce in the Grand Forks region, raising more than $21 million to build a regional career and technical education center in 2021.
Meaningful Number: 1
Whether supporting one existing business, one prospect, one community identity or one single person – she feels it is her responsibility and privilege to provide quality support to each and every one to make Wichita Falls the best place to work and live for all.
Casey Evans DeBellis
Meaningful Number: 3
The number of professional mentors she has been blessed with in her role, the members in her family who are her reason for everything and coincidentally the day she started at the Partnership, April 3, 2014.
Meaningful Number: 4 Billion & 3,600
The capital investment and number of jobs created during her time in economic development. However, Meryl says the most meaningful number of all, is the number of lives impacted by these two numbers.
Meaningful Number: 46%
The participation rate of under-represented minorities in STEM in the BioPath state college program, which provides a student-to-startup pipeline through new degrees, experiential learning and incubator partnerships, connecting New Haven residents to high-paying bioscience careers.
Meaningful Number: 735 Million
The cumulative amount of venture investment JobsOhio Growth Capital portfolio companies has raised since the start of the Fund. For every $1 invested by JobsOhio Growth Capital, $7 has been invested by other investors into Ohio’s innovation economy.
Cameron R. Law
Meaningful Number: 3
3 years in the role as Executive Director of Carlsen Center, 3 Global Entrepreneurship Week campaigns in the top 5 for activities run, and many more reasons for Cameron to celebrate the number 3.
Sr. Director of Business Recruitment
Meaningful Number: 340
Represents the 340-acre site that The LEGO Group selected in Meadowville Technology Park for their $1 billion project announced earlier in 2022. It is also a reminder of the hard work of Chesterfield Economic Development partners over many years.
Meaningful Number: 28
Since joining JobsOhio, Brendan has been responsible for 28 attraction projects that have closed in the state. Bringing in new companies to Ohio, being a part of their initial experience, and watching them grow has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career.
Meaningful Number: 9
The number of years Katy has been working in economic development at EDPNC. It’s also significant because she has led state recruitment efforts for just over $9 billion in capital investment into the great state of North Carolina.
Meaningful Number: 21
The age Stevie was when she entered the economic development profession. While much has changed for her professionally and personally since then, she hopes to continue growing and changing throughout the profession over the next decade.
Deputy Director & Regional Economic Development Manager
Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation & Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
Meaningful Number: 0 & 4
Zero is the number of CEcDs in Michael’s region when his organization was formed and there are now 4 in that region, with more in the pipeline.
Meaningful Number: 75 million
The amount of direct grant dollars that Joe has secured for the Battle Creek community over the last five-years, which has led to hundreds of millions of dollars in community development projects and hundreds of new jobs.
Meaningful Number: 2021
The year when the first phase of development for her community was transferred to private ownership and returned to the tax rolls. The property taxes from this initial phase will more than double the operating revenue of the Town of Port Deposit and enable an expansion of necessary services and amenities to the local residents.
Meaningful Number: 33
During Jack’s time working for the State of Arkansas, he collaborated with partners across 33 different Arkansas communities to land job-creating projects. His favorite part of the business is the relationships and he loves all of the community partners across Arkansas.
Cornell A. Wesley
Meaningful Number: 100 million
The largest transaction led by African Americans in Birmingham’s history, through the sale and development of real estate with Green Meadow Apartments, LLC.