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Rusty Worley has served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Springfield Association for eleven years. Prior to joining the DSA staff, he was a member of the Urban Districts Alliance Board of Directors from 2000 to 2005 and served as its President in 2003-04. He is a two-time graduate of Drury University, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration and communication in 1992 and his master’s in business administration in 1994. He served his alma mater in many capacities from 1993 to 2005, including as the Vice President for Administration from 2000 to 2005. Rusty participates in the International Downtown Association and the Responsible Hospitality Institute. He is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class XV and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jordan Valley Park Advisory Committee and the Missouri State University College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board. He is the Vice President of the West Central Neighborhood Association and is the past chair of the Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit CEO Roundtable. He also is a member of the Southeast Rotary Club of Springfield.
He and his wife, Teresa, have two children (Natalie, 15 and Nathan, 13). They live in a restored 1896 Victorian home five blocks from his Downtown office.
Favorite Downtown eatery: St. Michael’s
Favorite thing about Downtown in general: “Being a part of something historic, authentic, and ever-changing.”
Three things you love: Local businesses, iconic community events, walking
Three things you don’t love: Outdated perceptions, “no” as a default answer, not leaving your community better than you found it
Fun fact: Rusty has visited all 50 states and four foreign countries.