State-Designated Investment Officials

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50 States and the District of Columbia

Each U.S. state has its own constitution and a three-branch system of government that mirrors that of the Federal government. Local government generally include two tiers: counties (sometimes called boroughs or parishes), and municipalities, or cities/towns. In some states, counties are divided into townships.

Territories

Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are islands under the jurisdiction of the United States that are not affiliated with any state and have their own governments.

Indian Nations

The original indigenous tribes of the United States, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are constitutionally recognized as sovereign governments at the same level as state or territorial governments. There are 562 federally recognized Indian nations (or tribes) in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of these tribes are located in Alaska, while the remaining 60 percent are located in 33 states in what is known as Indian Country.

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Alabama

Hollie Pegg
Alabama Department of Commerce
T: (334) 242-0421
F: (334) 242-5669
401 Adams Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36130
www.madeinalabama.com

Alaska

Shawn Williams
Community and Economic Development
Alaska Department of Commerce
T: (907) 269-8159
530 West 7th Ave. #1535
Anchorage, AK 99501
www.businessinalaska.com

American Samoa

Alex Zodiacal
American Samoa Department of Commerce
T: (684) 633-5155
F: (684) 633-4195
2nd Floor EOB
Utulei, AS 96799
americansamoa.gov

Arizona

Kevin Sullivan
Arizona Commerce Authority
T: (602) 845-1261
F: (602) 845-1201
118 N 7th Ave, Ste 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.azcommerce.com

Arkansas

Mark Hamer
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
T: (501) 682-2551
F: (501) 682-7394
900 West Capitol, Ste. 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
www.arkansasedc.com

California

Diana Dominguez
Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development
T: (916) 322-0645
F: (916) 322-0693
1325 J St. #1800
Sacramento, CA
www.business.ca.gov

 

Colorado

Michelle Hadwiger
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
T: (303) 892-3840
F: (303) 892-3848
1625 Broadway #2700
Denver, CO 80202
www.choosecolorado.com

Connecticut

Beatriz Gutierrez
Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development
T: (860) 500-2313
F: (860) 500-8077
450 Columbus Blvd, Ste. 5
Hartford, CT 06103
www.ct.gov/ecd

Delaware

Kristopher Knight
Delaware Department of State
T: (302) 577-8464
F: (302) 577-1176
820 N. French St., 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
global.delaware.gov

D.C.

Sharon Carney
Office of the Dep. Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
T: (202) 727-9920
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW #317
Washington, D.C. 20004
dcbiz.dc.gov

Florida

Manny Mencia
Enterprise Florida
T: (305) 808-3660
201 Alhambra Circle #610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
www.enterpriseflorida.com

Georgia

Nico Wijnberg
Georgia Department of Economic Development
nwijnberg@georgia.org
T: (404) 962-4834
F: (404) 962-4121
75 Fifth St. NW #1200
Atlanta, GA 30308
www.georgia.org

Guam

Christina Garcia
Guam Economic Development Authority
T: (671) 647-4332
F: (671) 649-4146
590 S. Marine Corps Dr., #511
Tamuning, GU 96913
www.investguam.com

Hawaii

Luis P. Salveria
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
director@dbedt.hawaii.gov
T: (808) 586-2355
F: (808) 586-2377
PO Box 2359
Honolulu, HI 96813
www.hawaii.gov/dbedt

Idaho

Jennifer Verdon
State of Idaho Economic Development Division
T: (208) 334-2650 x2117
F: (208) 334-2631
700 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83720
www.idahoworks.gov

Illinois

Margo Markopoulous
Illinois Office of Trade & Investment
T: (312) 814-3116
F: (312) 814-6581
100 W. Randolph, #3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
www.illinois.gov/dceo

Indiana

Andrea A. Richter
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
T: (317) 232-8853
F: (317) 232-4146
1 North Capitol Ave, Ste 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.iedc.in.gov

Iowa

Jennifer A. Rhuppiah
Iowa Economic Development Authority
T: (515) 725-3008
F: (515) 725-3010
200 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

Kansas

Randi Tveitaraas Jack
Kansas Department of Commerce
T: (785) 296-7868
F: (785) 296-3490
1000 SW Jackson St. #100
Topeka, KS 66612
www.kansascommerce.com

Kentucky

Erran F. Persley
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
T: (502) 564-7670
F: (502) 564-3256
300 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.thinkkentucky.com

Louisiana

Larry Collins
Louisiana Department of Economic Development
T: (225) 342-4323
F: (225) 342-5349
1051 N. Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
www.opportunitylouisiana.com

Maine

Wade Merritt
Maine International Trade Center
T: (207) 541-7408
F: (207) 541-7420
511 Congress St. #100
Portland, ME 04101
www.mitc.com

Maryland

Signe Pringle
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
T: (410) 767-3542
F: (410) 333-4302
400 E. Pratt St., 7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
business.maryland.gov

Massachusetts

Mark Sullivan
Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment
T: (617) 973-8543
F: (617) 227-3488
10 Park Plaza #4510
Boston, MA 02216
www.mass.gov/moiti

Michigan

Tracie Tillinger
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
T: (517) 599-4119
F: (517) 241-3683
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
www.michiganbusiness.org

Minnesota

Laurence Reszetar
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
T: (651) 259-7488
F: (651) 296-3555
332 Minnesota St. #E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
www.mn.gov/deed/invest

Mississippi

Becky Thompson
Mississippi Development Authority
T: (601) 359-3855
F: (601) 359-4339
PO Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205
www.mississippi.org

Missouri

Dennis Pruitt
Missouri Partnership
T: (314) 725-0949
F: (314) 725-0743
120 S. Central Ave. #1535
St. Louis, MO 63105
www.missouripartnership.com

Montana

John Rogers
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
T: (406) 444-5634
F: (406) 444-3674
State Capitol, PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620
commerce.mt.gov

Nebraska

Daniel Jackson
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
T: (402) 802-5317
F: (402) 471-3778
301 Centennial Mall South
4th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68509
http://opportunity.nebraska.gov

Nevada

Kristopher Sanchez
Interim Executive Director
Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
T: (702) 486-2700
F: (702) 486-2701
555 E Washington Ave, Ste 5400
Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.diversifynevada.com

New Hampshire

Tina Kasim
New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development
T: (603) 271-8444
F: (603) 271-6784
PO Box 1856
Concord, NH 03301
www.nheconomy.com

New Jersey

Margie Piliere
Choose New Jersey
T: (609) 297-2190
F: (609) 297-2201
201 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540
www.choosenj.com

New Mexico

Tim Nitti 
New Mexico Partnership
T: (505) 338-1462
1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE #312
Albuquerque, NM 87110
www.nmpartnership.com

New York

Edward Kowalewski
Empire State Development Corporation
T: (716) 846-8237
F: (212) 803-2399
95 Perry St. #500
Buffalo, NY 14203
www.esd.ny.gov

North Carolina

Korey Howard
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
T: (919) 447-7797
1500 Weston Pkwy
Cary, NC 27513
www.edpnc.com

North Dakota

Zoe Wergeland
North Dakota Department of Commerce
T: (701) 328-5300
F: (701) 328-5320
1600 E. Century Ave. #2
Bismarck, ND 58502
www.business.nd.gov

Northern Mariana Islands

Mark Rabauliman
Northern Mariana Islands Department of Commerce
T: (670) 664-3077
F: (670) 664-3067
Capitol Hill
Saipan, MP 96950
www.commerce.gov.mp

Ohio

Justin Kocher
Jobs Ohio
T: (614) 300-1355
41 S. High St. #1500
Columbus, OH 43215
www.jobs-ohio.com

Oklahoma

Jennifer Springer
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
T: (405) 815-5158
F: (405) 605-2987
900 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
www.new.okcommerce.gov

Oregon

Colin Sears
Business Oregon
T: (503) 894-0160
F: (503) 581-5115
775 Summer St. NE #200
Salem, OR 97301
www.oregon4biz.com

Pennsylvania

David Briel
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
T: (717) 720-7373
F: (717) 772-5106
400 N. Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
www.newpa.com

Puerto Rico

Manuel Laboy Rivera
Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development & Commerce
T: (787) 765-2900
F: (787) 753-4094
355 F.D. Roosevelt Ave. #401
Hato Rey, PR 00918
www.ddec.pr.gov

Rhode Island

Katherine Therieau
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
T: (401) 278-9100 x139
F: (401) 273-8270
315 Iron Horse Wy. #101
Providence, RI 02908
www.commerceri.com

South Carolina

Amy Thomson
South Carolina Department of Commerce
T: (803) 737-0434
1201 Main Street, Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201
www.sccommerce.com

South Dakota

Steve Watson
South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development
T: (605) 367-4518
711 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
www.sdreadytowork.com

Tennessee

Masami Izumida Tyson
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
T: (615) 741-1888
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
www.tnecd.com

Texas

Michael Treyger
Economic Development and Tourism, Office of the Governor, State of Texas
T: (512) 936-0530
PO Box 12428 
Austin, TX 78711
gov.texas.gov/business

U.S. Virgin Islands

Andrew Clutz
U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority
T: (781) 894-7486
F: (340) 774-0990
5055 Norre Gade #5, PO Box 305038
St. Thomas, VI 00802
www.usvieda.org

Utah

Suzette Alles
Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
T: (801) 532-8080
60 E. South Temple, Ste 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
www.wtcutah.com

Vermont

Tim Tierney
Vermont Department of Economic Development
T: (802) 505-5496
One National Life Dr., 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620
www.thinkvermont.com

Virginia

Vince Barnett
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
T: (804) 545-5815
901 East Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23219
www.vedp.org

Washington

Allison Clark
Washington State Department of Commerce
T: (206) 256-6124
F: (206) 256-6158
2001 6th Ave. #2600
Seattle, WA 98121
www.choosewashington.com

West Virginia

Stephen Spence
West Virginia Development Office
T: (304) 957-2067
F: (304) 558-0449
State Capitol
Charleston, WV 25305
www.wvcommerce.org

Wisconsin

Mark Rhoda-Reis
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
T: (608) 210-6757
F: (608) 266-5551
201 W. Washington Ave., 6th Floor
Madison, WI 53703
inwisconsin.com

Wyoming

Shawn Reese
Wyoming Business Council
T: (307) 777-2862
F: (307) 777-2837
214 W. 15th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
wyomingbusiness.org