Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement last month that David Kerr would be stepping down on Dec. 31.  Click to hear the Missouri Department of Economic Development Director of Communication John Fougere:

John Fougere

Nixon’s office said that during Kerr’s tenure, the administration finalized significant investments, including IBM in Columbia, Ford in Kansas City, and GM in St. Louis.   Gov. Nixon also praised Kerr’s work on his $4.6-billion dollar trade deal with China.

Kerr plans to continue working with Gov. Nixon as an upaid consultant to help implement the Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth.

Statistics from the Missouri Department of Economic Development

11/30/11 – Capgemini, a global provider of IT services, announces the creation of 125 new jobs at its location in Lee’s Summit

11/21/11 – John Deere announces the building a new warehouse facility for remanufactured engine parts in Strafford, creating 55 new jobs.

10/4/11 – Quaker Windows, a manufacturer of windows in Freeburg, announces an expansion and the creation of 95 new jobs.

8/22/11 – RR Donnelly, a global commercial printing company, announces and expansion at its plant in Owensville and the creation of 105 new jobs.

7/28/11 – Nordenia USA, a package manufacturer, announces an expansion at its plant in Jackson and the creation of 50 new jobs.

6/16/11 – Architectural Components Group, a manufacturing and architecture firm, announces an expansion in Marshfield and the creation of 70 new jobs.

6/7/11 – Valley Minerals, a Lime manufacturer, announces an expansion and the creation of 55 new jobs in Bonne Terre

6/3/11 – Detroit Metal, a metal manufacturer, announces an expansion at its plant in Lebanon, creating 200 new jobs.

5/20/11 – Doyle Manufacturing, a manufacturer of agriculture equipment, announces its moving its operations from Illinois to Palmyra, creating 92 new jobs.

4/20/11 – Pro Energy Services, a global provider of services to the energy industry, announces a significant expansion at its headquarters in Sedalia, creating 300 new jobs.

4/15/11 – Bonnybrook Steel Forms, a manufacturer of steel forms, announces it is locating a facility in Glasgow, creating 109 new jobs.

4/12/11 – Pennington Seed Company, a manufacturer of seed and other agricultural products, announces an expansion at its facility in Greenfield and the creation of 80 new jobs.

11/23/11 – 3G Processing, a food processing company, announces the construction of a new facility in Mountain Grove, creating 90 new jobs.

10/1/11 – TG Missouri, an auto supplier in Perryville, announces the creation of 50 new jobs at its plant.

9/20/11 – Valent Aerostructures, a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry, announces the construction of a new facility in Washington, creating 100 new jobs.

9/3/11 – Sabreliner, a company that provides repairs and maintenance to the airline industry, announces a significant expansion at its headquarters in Perryville, creating 400 new jobs.

8/26/11 – Air Evac, a company that provides air medical services, announces an expansion and the creation of 85 new jobs at its location in Houston.

8/26/11 – Meramec Electrical Products, which manufactures electrical products, announces an expansion at its plant in Cuba, creating 37 new jobs.

6/25/11 – Mid-America Brick, a brick manufacturer, announces an expansion at its plant in Mexico, creating 71 new jobs.

5/7/11 – Red Wing Shoes, a shoe and boot manufacturer in Potosi, announces the creation of 52 new jobs at its location.

3/4/11 – Pioneer DuPont announces the construction of a new soybean production facility in New Madrid, creating 55 new jobs.

Also, unemployment rates in every county surrounding and including Carroll County have declined considerably since November 2009, when Mr. Kerr took over:

Carroll County – 11/09 – 10%

10/11 – 8.7%

Caldwell – 11/09 – 10%

10/11 – 7.2%

Chariton – 11/09 – 10.3%

10/11 – 7.4%

Daviess – 11/09 – 9.2%

10/11 – 7.6%

Grundy – 11/09 – 7.3%

10/11 – 6.5%

Lafayette – 11/09 – 10.6%

10/11 – 9%

Livingston – 11/09 – 7.9%

10/11 – 6.8%

Ray – 11/09 – 10.1%

10/11 – 8.5%

Saline – 11/09 – 7.8%

10/11 – 6.7%

Some of the content previously posted has been removed per the request of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.