Economic Development Authority

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About Us

Thank you for visiting the City of St. James website! The Doing Business section of this website is managed by the St. James Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The EDA is a City board comprised of two City Council members and five community/business stakeholders.

EDA Business Resource Guide (PDF)

2022 EDA Annual Report

The EDA meets once a month and directs City staff in the following areas:

  • Business Recruitment
  • Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Community Development and grants/initiatives
  • Asset Management
  • Housing Development

 The EDA owns and manages the following assets:

  • St. James Industrial Park
  • Mayberry Hills Sixth Addition residential development
  • EDA Apartments
  • Commercial Property for sale

Current Board Members:
Steve Jeppson, Owner, Eyecare Center of St. James
Mark Johnson, CEO, First National Bank
Mark Collier, Owner, Superfair Foods
Dean Olsen, President, Pioneer Bank
Lisa Rodriguez, HR, Smithfield 

Paul Harris, Council Member
Sue Craig, Council Member

Scott Westman, Ex-Officio Member, County Commissioner