Iowa State University’s Departments of Economics and History honored Troy Schulte, Kansas City, Missouri, with the Department of Economics and Department of History Outstanding Alumni Award at an honors and awards ceremony on Oct. 25, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. The award recognizes outstanding alumni from the Departments of Economics and History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State.
Schulte has served as city manager of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, for the past 10 years. Previously, he was the city’s budget officer. In these roles, Schulte helped facilitate the development of several projects considered the catalysts of downtown Kansas City’s resurgence and revitalization, including the Sprint Center, the Power and Light District, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and a modern streetcar system.
Under Schulte’s leadership, Kansas City became one of the first cities in the nation to launch a Smart City plan, saving millions of dollars by using communication networks, wireless sensor technology and intelligent data management to make decisions in real time about infrastructure needs and service delivery.
Schulte has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Public Administrator of the Year Award from the Greater Kansas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and the Certificate of Excellence by the International City Managers Association.
Schulte earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1992 and a second bachelor’s degree in economics in 1994, both from Iowa State University.
On November 25, 2019, Schulte was hired as county administrator of Jackson County, Missouri, and will assist the County Executive in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the County. Schulte’s start date will be Monday, December 9.
“Troy is an exceptionally talented and hard-working public servant who knows how to get things done. When I learned that he might be available I immediately sat down with him to see if we could find a way to add him to our team,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.