Luke Holtschneider serves as the Manager of Rural Development for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Beginning his journey in economic development at the Department in 2008, Luke spent his first 8 years managing business start-up, expansion and retention opportunities in southern Missouri as a regional Project Manager. Those relationships, experiences and lessons learned have been instrumental in his current focus of building capacity in Missouri’s rural communities. Luke is consistently working to increase engagement and collaboration among the network of local, regional, state and federal partners.
Luke is an active board member on the Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Community Betterment and the Missouri Rural Development Partners.
Luke is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City where continues to reside, raising his 7 year old son Parker, on a hobby farm just outside of town.