Otis Williams with the Saint Louis Development Corporation, the economic development agency for the City of Saint Louis!

We had Mr Williams come and speak a few years back, and honestly was blown away with all of the information he shared with us.  He will be on hand to update us on the Arch Ground renovations, NGA, Cortex, and all of the other major developments around town that don’t hit the papers, but greatly impact our region.  



Things that are happening in Saint Louis impact our whole region, and you have the chance to hear straight from the source what the status is on these projects and more, AND what’s coming down the pike.  

Thursday April 13th

6 PM Doors open for Networking, Vendor Showcase and food and drinks

7-9 PM Otis Williams

Seats fill up fast, RSVP ASAP to see you there!

Otis Williams is the Executive Director of the St. Louis

Development Corporation (SLDC). SLDC is the
economic development agency for the City of St. Louis
and reports directly to the Mayor.
Williams leads the agency’s economic development
activities City-wide aimed at bringing people, jobs, and
investment to the City.
Prior to joining SLDC, Williams served over 28 years in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Colonel. Key assignments included duty as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1996-1998), Executive Director of the Corps’ Military Programs Directorate (1995-1996), and Commander and District Engineer of the Corps’ Tulsa Engineer District (1992-95).

Since coming to St. Louis in 1998, Williams has served as a Senior Project manager,
Director of Major Projects, and Deputy Executive Director for the St. Development
Corporation. In those positions, Williams had a leadership role in several multimillion-dollar development projects that are revitalizing the City’s downtown and neighborhoods. Williams previously served three years on the National Board of Directors of the Society of American Military Engineers. He was the 1997 recipient of the National Black Engineer of the Year Award for Government Service, received the Better Family Life in Excellence Community Service Award (2014), he was selected by the Community Development Administration (CDA), City of St. Louis as the 2015 Executive Director of the Year, was honored with the Joe Rinke Owner Award by the St. Louis Construction Cooperative at the Eighth Annual Construction Awards Luncheon, August 2015, received the 2016 J.H. Poelker Levee Stone Award from the Downtown STL., Inc, and received the 2016 Governor’s Award for Career Service in Economic Development. He is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Urban Land Institute, and other professional and social organizations.

Williams is a native of Covington, Georgia and is married to the former Gwen Smith of St. Louis. They have two adult daughters.