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.

Matt Tapp, AICP
Executive Director

Matt Tapp became Executive Director for the Platte County Economic Development Council on October 1, 2019. Prior to this he was the Economic Development Director for the City of Raymore, where he:

  • Led, managed and coordinated all aspects of the economic development function
  • Secured a total investment of $110+ million and brought more than 165 jobs to the community
  • Cultivated and obtained interest in new projects equaling $355+ million in investment and 2,000+ in jobs
  • Conducted 52+ business retention and expansion interviews with existing businesses
  • Generated 220+ leads with developers and business, and responded to various Requests for Information

Matt also served as the Director of Planning and Zoning for Clay County, Missouri where he ensured the department ran at the utmost level of efficiency and effectiveness.

Education & Certifications

  • MBA, General Business Management
    Keller Graduate School of Management
  • BS, Geography; minor Economic Development
    Northwest Missouri State University
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
    American Planning Association
  • Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)
    National Development Council, anticipated 2021
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
    International Economic Development Council, anticipated 2021

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 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

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:

  • Leadership Northland, Class of 2020
  • Heartland Economic Development Course, 2019
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member