jason hall Mo. senators scuttle Nixon's nominee By Associated Press • Feb 1, 2012 File / KBIA Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Governor Nixon selects new economic development director By Rehman Tungekar & Associated Press • Dec 30, 2011 (Photo courtesy of the University of MIssouri - St. Louis) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the leader of a state-funded technology agency to become his third economic development director (AP).