McGuireWoods Consulting Adds Economic Development Leader Steven Pearce

June 5, 2023

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McGuireWoods Consulting has added Steven Pearce, a leader in regional economic development efforts, to the firm’s national infrastructure and economic development team. Pearce will assist clients with site selection and incentive negotiations across the country.

Pearce joins McGuireWoods Consulting from the AllianceSTL Initiative, where he served as president and chief business attraction officer. Under his leadership, the Greater St. Louis area was a finalist for the largest potential capital investment opportunity in the past 25 years.

Prior to his work at the AllianceSTL Initiative, Pearce was president and CEO of the South Carolina I-77 Alliance. He also served as senior vice president of business recruitment for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, which oversaw all economic development efforts across the bistate Charlotte region’s 15 counties.

Pearce’s teams received the Mac Conway Award for Top Regional Economic Development team and were also recognized as a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America.

“Steven’s prior leadership roles in regional economic development means he realizes all it takes to achieve a win-win in site selection and incentives negotiations.  He will build upon our strong reputation of working on complex and exciting projects throughout the country,” said Chris Lloyd, MWC’s infrastructure and economic development team leader.

“The past few years have seen record breaking economic development project activity across the U.S., and Steven’s background will particularly help us enhance our presence in the Southeast,” said former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, president of McGuireWoods Consulting.

“Steven’s strong ties to the Charlotte area complements our growing national presence, allowing us to offer an even more comprehensive approach to meeting the various needs of our clients,” said McGuireWoods Consulting Chairman Mark Bowles.

Pearce received his MBA and B.S. from East Carolina University.