The Richard A. King Award honors the memory of one of MEDFA’S founding and most dedicated members, Richard (Dick) King. As a development attorney, Dick was at the forefront of Missouri’s development tools and often paved the way for innovative applications of those tools in order to achieve goals.

MEDFA honors Dick’s memory each by presenting the “Richard King Award” to a person, company, project, or municipality who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has made a significant contribution to economic development in the state of Missouri. The award winner is recognized each year at the Annual Conference.

Congratulations Bill Moore, 2019 Richard King Award Recipient!

Bill Moore is a partner at Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C., focused on local government law and real estate development, including zoning, land use, and economic incentives. He serves as special counsel for many political subdivisions utilizing development tools such as tax increment financing, tax abatement, and the creation of special-purpose TDD and CIDs. He also represents property owners and developers on real estate development matters and has 30+ years of experience practicing law in both the private and public sectors.

Moore was the City Counselor for the City of Independence, Missouri for over 14 years, taking on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, land use, environmental and historic preservation. He is a Past President of the Missouri Economic Development Financing Association, former Chairman of the Missouri Bar Local Government Law Committee, and former Regional Vice President for the Eighth Circuit/South International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is also a past Chairman of the Independence Council for Economic Development.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Moore worked at the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority (‘MHRA’) where he held several positions, the last being project director for three urban renewal projects.

Past Richard A. King Award Winners 

2007 – Kay Barnes, Former Mayor of Kansas City, MO
2008 – City of St. Joseph, Triumph Foods Project
2009 – Karen Messerli, Mayor of Lee’s Summit, MO
2010 – Mike White, Chairman, White Goss Attorneys at Law
2011 – Rob O’Brien, President, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
2012 – Denny Coleman, President, St. Louis County Economic Council
2013 – Sallie Hemenway, Dir. Business & Community Svs, MO DED
2014 – Patrick Bannister, Deputy Exec Director, St. Louis Dev Corp.
2015 – Mark Grimm, Shareholder, Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
2016 – Mike Downing, Director, Missouri DED
2017 – Doug Stone, Attorney, Lewis Rice
2018 – Otis Williams, Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation
2019 – William B. Moore, Attorney, Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.

Awards Criteria

Nominees MUST display one or more of the following characteristics:
1. Dedication to the promotion of economic development in Missouri
2. Creative and innovative use of Missouri development tools
3. Noteworthy achievement in economic development in Missouri


*The nomination deadline is September 4, 2020

Richard King Award Nomination Form