Scott Drachnik has been appointed as St. Charles County’s new director of workforce development, which signals a shift in the agency’s mission toward encouraging major employers to move to the county.
County Executive Steve Ehlmann announced the appointment of Drachnik on July 9. Since 2004, Drachnik has been senior vice president of business development and marketing for the Economic Center of St. Charles County (EDC). The EDC, funded by local governments and private organizations, recruits businesses to locate in the county.
Drachnik’s appointment still must be approved by the County Council, which meets on July 13. His start date is Aug. 17. He will replace Don Holt, who retired last year after 12 years with the agency.
In a press release, Ehlmann cited Drachnik’s experience and familiarity with the county and its business community. Previous county government economic development efforts largely involved complying with and implementing federal workforce rules, Ehlmann said
“Recruiting Drachnik is a fundamental shift in the position, including the beginning of an enhanced effort to attract more major employers and development, such as the recently announced 1.3 million square-foot industrial project in Wentzville,” the release states.
“This is not about simply shuffling around retailers,” Ehlmann said in the release. “With Scott in this position, we look forward to strengthening our relationships with the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County and our municipal partners and in working together to bring more opportunities to our community.”
Drachnik, 51, has 28 years of experience in national and international business and economic development, marketing and communications. He said on July 9 that he’s familiar with the agency’s mission and its people particularly after serving on one of its subcommittees. He said he plans to work closely with EDC officials and county municipalities.
At the EDC, he was involved with large-scale business investment and jobs creation projects. He has also led business recruitment, expansion and retention, supervised marketing of the EDC’s incubator and services and helped host EDC conferences and events.
He also served as director of economic development for the city of Union and the Union Development Corporation/Industrial Development Authority, executive director of the World Mission Alliance, vice president of marketing and communications for the Chesterfield Community Development Corporation and a communications and marketing specialist for the city of St. Peters.