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Missouri Still Without Permanent Economic Development Head

Allison Blood, KMOX
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Jefferson City, MO
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - The man set to become the head of economic development in Missouri has resigned from his nomination.

Jason Hall has been serving as Interim Director of Economic Development since Governor Nixon appointed him on December 30th. But the Senate failed to approve his nomination, so he resigned. St. Louis Senator Joe Keaveny says Hall was the perfect person for the job, and holding him back from starting slows job creation. Senate Republicans have been criticizing Nixon for the lack of jobs created in Missouri.

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Jason hall

“How is he supposed to do that without the proper tools,” Keaveny says.

Senate leadership also claimed 34-year-old Hall doesn’t have the experience needed for the job. Hall is a lawyer and has had no private sector business experience. Keaveny compared Hall to Mark Zuckerburg, the inventor of Facebook, who founded a multi-billion dollar company with no private sector experience.

Hall resigned one day before the deadline for his appointment. Had he not resigned, he would not ever be eligible for appointment to the position again.

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