Jodi KrantzVice President
areas of expertise
- Workforce Development
- EDC Finance
- Business Retention and Expansion
- Community Development
- Commercial Real Estate
- Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia
- Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
- Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)
- Business and Retention and Expansion Professional Certification (BREP)
- Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma (EDI)
Jodi Krantz is Senior Vice President for the independence Economic Development Council (iNedc). With over 30 years’ experience in economic development, Krantz leads the Business Retention and Expansion efforts in Independence. She also contributes on various project information and real estate requests for consultants, real estate professionals and companies for startup and attraction projects. She oversees the iNbiz business support committee, Independence Industry Alliance and leads the effort to designate (2019) and recertify Jackson County and Independence as a Work Ready Community. She also contributes to planning EDC networking events, quarterly meetings and other investor and business events. Previously to iNedc she worked for the Missouri Department of Economic Development for 17 years as a Recruitment Project Manager and Marketing Manager.
Jodi is active in several Independence Chamber committees including LEAD, the Marketing Committee and coordinates the annual Chamber/EDC Progressive Networking Event. She is a graduate of the 2008 Independence LEAD Class, is a member of the Eastern Jackson County Development Alliance, MARC’s Regional Workforce Intelligence Network and KCADC’s Women in Development group. She is on the Independence Square Board, Independence Tourism Commission, Eastern Jackson County Workforce Board and Kansas City University of Missouri-Columbia Alumni Board. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence and is the chairperson of the annual Independence Uncorked wine festival that raises money for many local causes each year.
She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and has her Business Retention and Expansion Professional (BREP) certification. She completed the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma in 1993 and has a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a member of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) since 1990 and has served several board positions including Counselor.