November 23, 2022

Hannibal, MO. – Effective December 31, 2022, Corey Mehaffy will leave his position as Executive Director of Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council (HREDC.) Mehaffy has been in this role for nearly four years, beginning in January 2019. Mehaffy has accepted a position in the private sector.

The Board of Directors has the highest praise and gratitude for Mehaffy’s tenure with the organization. Hal Benedict, Chair of the HREDC Board said “Corey not only breathed life into our organization, but he built HREDC into a nationally recognized economic development organization right here in northeast Missouri. His innovative approach to regional economic development has greatly benefitted our local and regional economies. His leadership has brought Marion and Ralls counties, as well as, the cities of Hannibal and Palmyra working together to bring opportunities that we have not had before. I could list the many projects and programs that Corey has brought to the area, but what really comes to my mind when I think of Corey is his passion and the integrity that he has given to our area. I think I speak for the entire board with sincere appreciation for guiding us to where we are today. Corey will be greatly missed, and we wish him and his family the best in his new endeavors.”

Mehaffy will start his new position after January 1. The HREDC Board of Directors have begun a nation-wide search for Mr. Mehaffy’s successor, and stated their confidence that the success Mehaffy has created will continue.

“Thank you to the Cities of Hannibal and Palmyra; Ralls and Marion Counties; the University of Missouri Extension/MO SBDC and all partners who have put faith in HREDC. Their trust, and the generosity of our Industrial Club members, have made our many successes possible,” said Corey Mehaffy. “It is difficult to leave this organization, but I am excited for the challenges ahead.”

Mehaffy added, “I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in and lead this incredible organization. Thank you to all who have been part of the work HREDC has done. Thank you to the Board of Directors, staff and my family for your support over my four years in this position.”

“We are of course saddened to see Corey leave this position, but wish him well in his new career,” said Vice Chair Wendy Harrington. “Corey came to us at a time that we needed to re-invent HREDC and create a new vision for economic development in northeast Missouri.  Corey of course rose to the occasion, united our region, and helped us create a national recognized program.  We are forever grateful to Corey for his leadership and are committed to continuing his vision and success.”

HREDC works to promote financial investment in Hannibal, and Marion and Ralls Counties.  For more information on the organization, please visit their website at

Corey Mehaffy