The PCEDC team members are dedicated to economic development, working together to manage the vast day-to-day tasks of effectively and efficiently running our organization. The team members bring a wealth of excellent economic development and marketing experience to their work. All share a deep commitment to Platte County and a strong desire to help it succeed and grow.

Alicia Stephens
Executive Director

Alicia Stephens became Executive Director for the Platte County Economic Development Council on June 29, 2012. Prior to this she served the Liberty Economic Development Corporation since its inception in 2005, bringing extensive economic development experience to the community. Stephens began her economic development career with the Platte County EDC in September 1993.

Since returning to Platte County EDC in 2012, Stephens has led the organization’s business attraction and expansion project work that has celebrated:

  • 7 million square footage of occupancy
  • More than 9,000 new and retained jobs
  • $911 million dollars in capital investment in Platte County

Through successful partnerships, during Stephens’ tenure, the Liberty Economic Development Corporation retained 525 jobs, expanded 165 jobs and recruited 13 projects to the Liberty area; creating 635 jobs and more than $155 million in investment.

Prior to her work in the Liberty area, Ms. Stephens was Program Director for Platte County EDC for 12 years, during which time she developed several programs including its Business Outreach program, the Northland School to Career Partnership (a grant funded program) and the incubation of a Convention & Visitors Bureau now administered by the Platte County Visitors Bureau.

Molly Ramirez
Marketing & Public Relations Manager


Molly Ramirez joined PCEDC in 2018 as the Marketing & PR Manager. Molly brings more than a decade of experience working as a marketing and business development professional in the AEC industry where she acquired a strong understanding of the area’s transportation and development matters.

At PCEDC, Molly is responsible for marketing activities. She is the first point of contact for anyone looking for Platte County statistics and works extensively on business attraction projects, utilizing her strong background in proposal and project management.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Heartland Economic Development Course, 2019
  • Member of International Council of Shopping Centers

Stephanie Deppen
Business & Member Outreach Manager


Stephanie Deppen joins the PCEDC as the Business and Member Outreach Manager. She brings with her over a decade of experience in customer-liaison roles with all levels of an organization.  Her key role with the PCEDC is listening to businesses and members so her customer service skills are a great match for the position. She has been involved in various areas of business including insurance, real estate, government and law.  Stephanie always strives to create healthy and sustainable relationships and partnerships, another critical skill for her new position. With her professional experience and relationship building skills, she is a welcome addition to the PCEDC.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Leadership Northland, 2018 graduate
  • Heartland Economic Development Course, 2018
  • International Economic Development Council member
  • Missouri Economic Development Council member