Walter D. Williams

Economic & Community Development
Title: Economic / Community Development Director
Phone: 618-692-7533
Walter Williams


Investments & Job Creation

Williams has over 23 years of experience of working on community development / redevelopment projects. In this capacity, Williams has been directly responsible for attracting over $928.8 million in new investments which resulted in the creation of over 4,500 jobs. Williams’ role in economic development can best be described as a facilitator.


Walter most recently served as the Manager of Economic Development for Commerce City, Colorado and prior to that, served as the Director of Economic Development / Director of Tourism in Farmington Missouri. In addition to his many years of experience, Wlliams work has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council in its publication “Business Retention and Expansion” booklet for CEcD certification.


Walter Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and African-American Studies from Denison University and a Master of Business Administration from the John Carroll University. Williams is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and by the Business Retention and Expansion International as a Master Consultant.

Personal Life

Williams lives in Edwardsville with his wife Chris. Williams finds value in a life of public service and truly is passionate about building on the assets that makes Edwardsville attractive to outside investors and job creators. Williams enjoys cycling and gardening in his spare time.


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