Firm focuses on growth by offering new services 

with Community EDGE, LLC addition


KANSAS CITY, Mo.- MarksNelson accounting and consulting firm, is expanding its services with the addition of St. Louis economic development consulting firm, Community EDGE, LLC. The firm and its professionals have become a part of Kansas City-based MarksNelson, fulfilling a goal of offering more expansive services and to meet the growing client demand for location strategy services.

The new MarksNelson Location Strategies Practice will encompass a wide variety of services, including business location, economic development and credits and incentives strategies. The new services are all designed to meet long-term client goals using a modern approach and collaborative effort from the MarksNelson team.

"We are very excited about our expansion of services and the new MarksNelson Location Strategies Practice," said Partner David Belpedio, who leads MarksNelson's State and Local Tax Practice. "Our new practice enables clients to use location as a competitive advantage by providing unique market intelligence. This, combined with our existing credits and incentives expertise, will be key to the success of many projects generated by the new practice."

MarksNelson welcomes Josh Beck, EDFP, to the firm as Partner. As President of the former Community EDGE, Beck will lead the Location Strategies Practice, bringing many years of experience working with start-up to Fortune 100 companies on state and local level economic development projects. At MarksNelson, Beck provides location strategy, credits and incentives and economic development counsel to companies and communities of all sizes.

"I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues at MarksNelson to grow an effective location strategies practice for our clients," said Beck. "I believe it takes a special team to provide real value in this service area and with MarksNelson I found the right expertise and culture of innovation, curiosity and client-centered thinking to move forward."

Beck has served on the Missouri Economic Development Council Board of Directors and Marketing Implementation Team for the State of Missouri's Strategic Initiatives for Economic Growth. Prior to launching Community EDGE, he served as Vice President of Business Recruitment for the Missouri Partnership, the state's public-private business attraction organization. In this capacity, he worked with companies across multiple industry sectors to navigate the site selection process and implement new facility investments in Missouri. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Leadership Studies from Westminster College. Beck joins the MarksNelson office in Kansas City, Mo.

Accompanying Beck in the transition to MarksNelson is Steve Etcher, former Vice President at Community EDGE. As Manager at MarksNelson, Etcher brings more than 25 years of experience in economic development, community planning, transportation planning, workforce development and grant writing to the firm. A leader in the industry, Etcher has served as President of the Missouri Association of Councils of Government and as an officer on the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors. He has been called on to testify before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, speak at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, testify before the Missouri General Assembly and provide training for organizations such as the Economic Development Administration and National Association of Development Organizations, to name a few. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College. Etcher will continue operating from St. Louis, Mo.

"We're not only expanding our areas of expertise, but we're gaining two new professionals who are extremely talented, well known and well respected in the economic development sector," said Managing Partner Mark Radetic. "Our entire firm is energized to have Josh and Steve on board and we look forward to learning and growing together as one firm." 

About MarksNelson

MarksNelson LLC is an accounting and business advisory firm that is committed to working with clients to safeguard and grow their businesses. The firm provides a variety of services including Assurance, Accounting Services and Business Advisory, Business Valuation, Consulting, Cost Segregation, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, Location Strategies, Litigation Support, Forensic Accounting, International Tax, State and Local Tax and Tax Services.  MarksNelson is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, a professional association serving clients who need additional resources on a national or international level.  MarksNelson has significant accounting and business advisory experience in the auto dealership, construction, insurance, manufacturing, distribution and real estate sectors. The firm received national recognition when Accounting Today named Managing Partner Mark Radetic one of its "2014 MP Elite," the top 10 managing partners of U.S. accounting firms. MarksNelson has also been named one of the Best Accounting Firms for Leadership Equity by the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project.  To Move Forward with MarksNelson, contact us at



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