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John Nations has been a leading land use and economic development lawyer for more than thirty years and has worked with some of the region’s largest employers as well as countless small businesses to secure their commitments to the St. Louis region and improve the economic climate.  In addition, Nations has led many regional initiatives including the 2010 transportation infrastructure campaign which was described as the best St. Louis civic coalition in fifty years.

Nations, a native St. Louisan, served three terms as Mayor of Chesterfield and later as President and CEO of Bi-State Development for eight years.  He has also served on many civic and philanthropic Boards over the years including East-West Gateway, the Regional Chamber, St. Louis Municipal League, HEC Television, Operation Food Search, Logos School, and many others.  He also was the founder of the St. Louis Regional Freightway, which supports and promotes freight and logistics opportunities in the St. Louis region and has been responsible for bringing significant new infrastructure investment to the region.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Nations served as President of the Chesterfield Community Development Corporation which led the recovery efforts after the flood of 1993 and also served as Chair of the Chesterfield Valley Tax Increment Financing Commission which financed the massive infrastructure improvements necessary to create an attractive investment environment after the flood.  He also served Chesterfield as a Planning Commissioner and as a member of the City Council.

Nations was educated in St. Louis attending the University of Missouri – St. Louis and then Saint Louis University School of Law. In 2011, UMSL recognized him as one of their Distinguished Alumni.


  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis, Bachelor of Science