Platte County EDC announces new Executive Director

PCEDC Staff News

Matt Tapp, AICP begins as the new Executive Director of PCEDC late next month

In June, Platte County Economic Development Council executive director Alicia Stephens announced her retirement as soon as her replacement could be found.  The executive committee of the PCEDC is pleased to announce its search team’s decision.  Matthew Tapp has been chosen as the PCEDC’s new executive director.  He will begin his role on September 23rd.  Tapp is the organization’s third director in its 31-year history.

Tapp most recently has served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Raymore, a position he’s held for four years. Prior to that, he was the Director of Planning and Zoning for Clay County for seven years. Dale Brouk, PCEDC Chairman, noted, “Matt brings significant experience across many facets of economic development. We are glad that the PCEDC found such a tremendously qualified candidate literally in our own backyard – Matt lives in Platte County.”

Tapp brings to the position experience in business recruitment and retention and community planning. Due to his background, he has built a network over the years with site selection professionals, real estate brokers, economic development professionals and developers. With his public sector experience, Tapp knows and understands the processes needed to get a project over the finish line. Operationally, he has led and managed staff to achieve the organization’s plan of work – its goals and objectives. Because of his multi-faceted talents and skills, Tapp is comfortable interacting with elected officials, company CEOs and community leaders.

Tapp shared, “I am incredibly honored and excited to work for my friends and neighbors in Platte County. I pledge that I will work my hardest to continue the successes the PCEDC has achieved and build off of them. Because the PCEDC is a well-oiled organization, the transition will be a smooth one. I am looking forward to helping to shape Platte County’s future.”

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) accreditation, and over 19+ years of experience in economic development, community planning, and real estate development. He is working toward his economic development certification which is slated for completion in 2021.

Please help us welcome Matt to Platte County EDC! After September 23rd, Matt can be reached at or 816-270-2109.