Who We Are

Lebanon Regional Economic Development Incorporated, (Lebanon-REDI), is a not-for-profit, 501c(6) organization that was formed in 2004 to be the lead economic development agency for Lebanon and Laclede County. Previously known as "America's Heartland Economic Partnership," the organization is funded by the City of Lebanon, Laclede County and the private sector.

The mission of Lebanon-REDI is "To strengthen the Laclede County economic base and increase the standard of living of all residents through retention, expansion, attraction and development of primary jobs and capital investments."

Lebanon-REDIFocus areas for Lebanon-REDI include:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Attraction
  • Community Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Corporate Development

To learn more about Lebanon-REDI please contact our office.

Lebanon-REDI Staff

  • Brian Thompson - President/Chief Executive Officer
  • Ann Hopper - GOCAPS Lake Region Coordinator


  • Brenda Yakle - Chairperson
  • Kim Light - Vice Chairman
  • Jared Gottman - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joy Randolph - Immediate Past Chairman

Board of Directors

  • Randy Angst - Presiding Commissioner, Laclede County
  • Dwight Bethurem - Retired Owner, Agri-Services
  • Rob Black - Vice President, Mid-Missouri Bank
  • John Carr - Vice President of Manufacturing, Carmeco Industries
  • Cary Charles - Director of Business Development, OTC Center for Workforce Development
  • Rees Cowherd - Assistant Vice President, Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Nicki Gamet - Administrator, Mercy Lebanon Hospital
  • Jared Gottman - Vice President/Commercial Banking Officer, Commerce Bank
  • Monty Hays - President, Mid-Missouri Bank
  • Steve Hite - President, First State Community Bank of Lebanon
  • Bill Lewis - CEO/Chairman of the Board, Heritage Bank of the Ozarks
  • Kim Light - President/Senior Loan Officer, Heritage Bank of the Ozarks
  • Joy Randolph - Owner, Randolph Appraisal
  • Marc Roecker - General Manger, Laclede Electric Cooperative Corp.
  • Dr. David Schmitz - Superintendent, Lebanon R-3 Schools
  • Mike Schumacher - City Administrator, City of Lebanon
  • Mitch Shields - Community Benefit Community Liaison, Lake Regional Health System
  • Dalton Wright - President, Lebanon Publishing Company
  • Brenda Yakle - Banking Center Manager, Great Southern Bank