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The City of St. Charles has 22 parks serving residents and visitors, offering a wide variety of activities from swimming to nature trails. 

Increase of  213.4 % 

The market value of the University Commons property has increased by $14.2 Million since 2012.  


Shannon Shea visits with T ravis Wilson at Swing-A-Round Fun Town, located at 3541 Veterans Memorial Parkway.  



Missouri is once again named one of the nation's  top 10 pro- business states because of its low tax rates and available incentives, according to Pollina Corporate/AEDI, a joint entity that publishes an annual report considered to be the most comprehensive and unbiased study of state economic development efforts.   ( read more...

"If It's Happening,
It's Happening In
St. Charles!"

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Mayor Faith  2013
Thank you.
Last Tuesday, the citizens of St. Charles overwhelmingly approved Proposition P, a dedicated sales tax to fund needed upgrades for our storm water system and parks.  This vote created a sustainable approach to insure the health, safety and vitality for our community. 
Not only is it gratifying to see nearly 65% of the turnout support this effort, but I also believe this is a strong endorsement in this government.
The results demonstrate residents have a high degree of confidence in City leadership along with our Public Works and Parks Departments.  The majority agreed with our position that this is an important capital program that is vital to St. Charles.
So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Upgrades, like these, also enhance the economic vitality of St. Charles.  Industries are more willing to invest in communities that invest in themselves.  They know our City is a great place to locate their business and have received further evidence, by this vote, this a community with a commitment to maintaining an outstanding quality of life.   
Are you looking for a location that offers the most attractive environment for both industries and families?  Your search should stop with the City of St. Charles.  We have proven our residents believe in investing in our present and our future. 
As I always say, "If it's happening, it's happening in St. Charles!" 

Thank you,
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Mayor Sally Faith
Record Crowd Attends Successful Regional Investors Breakfast
Nearly 300 attended the successful Regional Investors Breakfast

The City's Economic Development Department played host to a record crowd of nearly 300 attendees at its recent Regional Investors Breakfast.  Noted for its timely information and overview of investment success in St. Charles, the Regional Investors Breakfast was held at the AMC Movie Theatre at The Streets of St. Charles.
"We held it at AMC to demonstrate that despite the I-70 road construction, places like Streets,   University Commons ,   St. Charles Convention Center and Historic Main Street are still easily accessible," said Economic Development Director   David Leezer . "It also provided attendees a personal experience of the excitement that is taking place at Streets of St. Charles."
The  program, "If it's Happening, It's Happening in St. Charles!", gave an overview of the growth, investment and success that has taken place in the City the past year.  Key metrics were provided such as:  
  • Streets of St. Charles market value soared over $80M in 8 years
  • University Commons market value increased nearly $15M in 5 years
  • Retail Sales in the City continue to grow
  • Fountain Lakes is a regional leader for industrial growth
  • OPO Startups is established as a technology incubation trailblazer
  • Locally owned industries continue expansion mode
    David Leezer details expansion in St. Charles
Leezer added, "We presented a fact based case which demonstrated the cooperation between St. Charles and our businesses produce outstanding returns for the region."
Chris West, Partner and Chief Operating Officer for  Cullinan Properties, LTD., provided an overview of the growth and success that has taken place at Streets of St. Charles, with the added remark that there is still more to come. "We're proud to be a part of the transformation that has taken place at the former Noah's Ark site - to the vibrant place to live, work and play it has become. We've enjoyed being a part of the greater St. Charles community, and adding to what St. Charles and this region already does so well at offering its residents and visitors before the Streets of St. Charles was born," stated Chris West.

Officials Gather to Cut Ribbon for New Post Office
New 21,500 SF Post Office opens at University Commons as the Hospital District grows

Representatives with the Postal Service and   SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles  were joined by St. Charles City , Lindenwood University and St. Charles County officials to cut the ribbon for the new U.S. Postal Service offices on August 1st.
"This is a great day for everyone with the Postal Service," stated Charley Miller, Gateway District Manager.  "This building allows us to continue our pursuit of strong customer service while enhancing the work environment for our employees."
St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles served as the general contractor for the $5.2 million facility.  The 21,500 SF building is part of University Commons , a dynamic mixed-use retail development along the City's First Capitol Drive corridor.
In exchange, SSM Health acquired the former post office located at 112 S. Fifth Street, next to their St. Charles facility.  Mike Bowers, President of St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles, said the new complex serves a dual purpose that will benefit St. Charles residents for many years.
"While this exchange agreement is mutually beneficial to the U.S. Postal Service and to SSM Health , St. Charles residents stand to benefit the most," Bowers said. "From a health care perspective, acquiring this property gives our hospital much needed room for growth as we continue to work toward improving access to safe, high-quality health care for our patients."
St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith said, "This ceremony is a testament to the strong partnership forged that resulted in a successful development.  I commend all the parties that worked together for many years to ensure we would reach this day."

Upgrade the Skills of Your Workforce with Missouri Works Training!

Mike Downing, Director of
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Missouri Works Training is the State's premier company training program, launched in 2013 in conjunction with the Missouri Works program. Missouri Works is an incentive program
that consolidated four business development benefit programs into a single, business-friendly program with a uniform set of definitions and streamlined application process to cut through red tape.   Similarly, the Missouri Works Training Program also consolidated the State's workforce programs into a single, business-friendly program designed to more efficiently target workforce development resources and funding.

Through Missouri Works Training, businesses can access next-generation training for their workforce and get the competitive edge necessary in today's global economy. To accomplish this, Missouri Works Training provides funding assistance to companies that need to upgrade worker skills due to new products or processes, new technologies, competition-driving quality or productivity improvement, or relocation or expansion. Examples of available training include: Specific Technical Skills, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Team Building, Communication, Safety, International Quality Standards and Leadership.

And, unlike other industry training programs, Missouri Works Training lets the company decide who will deliver the training, whether that be a
skilled provider from the department's Training Team, a company expert, or a private vendor. The program can also customize employee recruitment, screening, and training for eligible new or expanding companies at no cost.
Patterson Mold utilized Missouri Works for its recent expansion

In order to be   eligible for Missouri Works Training, a company must be in an eligible  industry or national/ international headquarters, be creating new jobs or capital investment in Missouri, be a manufacturer OR engaged in interstate commerce for more than 51 percent of its business, and employ permanent, full-time employees worki ng  an average of at least 35 hours per week.
In just two years, the Missouri Works Training program has proven that is an economic development asset to the state. It has already picked up national praise for its effectiveness in helping advance the state's economy, with Business Facilities magazine naming Missouri the No. 7 best state for workforce training last year.

To date, the program has offered funding options to thousands of large and small companies all across the state that are creating jobs or retraining to upgrade workforce skills. In just the last fiscal year, many companies with operations in the St. Charles area utilized the program, including Patterson Mold & Tool, Cardinal Health, EMD Millipore Corporation, Leonard's Metal, Inc., Patriot Machine, Inc., Royal Canin, TLD Concepts and Zoltek Corporation, among several others.

To learn more about Missouri Works Training, please visit business.mo.gov/training.

Boeing Opens Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in St. Charles
Boeing expands operations
in St. Charles

In early July, Mayor Sally Faith and other regional leaders attended a special grand opening for a new Boeing research laboratory on its St. Charles campus.  The facility, called the Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory (CASL), is designed to test hardware and software that will make a new generation of autonomous air, sea and land vehicles work together more effectively as a team or unit.
The lab will serve as the company's leading location for collaborative autonomous technology development with academic institutions and research partners, including government agencies and other companies.
"Collaborative technology is at the forefront of innovation for taking advanced vehicles that already carry out dull, dirty or dangerous work, such as assisting in search and rescue, firefighting and military missions, and making them even more effective," said Nancy Pendleton, leader of the Boeing Research & Technology Missouri research center. "This lab provides us an outstanding environment to experiment and innovate with a variety of autonomous vehicles and the systems and sensors that drive them, from small unmanned aerial vehicles to unmanned undersea vehicles."
The 8,100-square-foot CASL is dedicated to the development, maturation and validation of autonomous and multi-vehicle collaboration technologies.
The cornerstone of the lab is an 80,000-cubic-foot motion capture system that allows the facility to simultaneously operate multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles. The indoor flying test range contains a high-resolution blended projection system for the development and testing of vision-based technologies, such as image processing algorithms or detection of moving objects in scenery. The projection system can work in concert with the motion capture system and high-fidelity simulations to support live-virtual testing in realistic simulated scenarios. The facility also includes an enclosed, vented area that enables an around-the-clock reliable test environment and access to Global Positioning System and other signals used for ground testing and static engine runs of small UAVs.

"Autonomy is revolutionizing our world and this lab will be an important part of our mission to deliver solutions across air, land and sea 
for global customers," said Kory Mathews, Vice President of Autonomous Systems, a division of Boeing Military Aircraft also headquartered in St. Louis.  
The CASL is part of the Boeing Research & Technology-Missouri(BR&T-Missouri) research center. Other BR&T-Missouri research labs and capabilities include the Non-Destructive Test Lab, the Human Systems Integration Center and a Polymer Synthesis Lab. More than 700 engineers, technicians and staff at BR&T-Missouri develop a variety of technologies that involve systems, digital aviation and support, rate-independent production and next-generation materials.
BR&T is the company's advanced research and development organization, providing technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services. BR&T has 11 research centers around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington. 

Sole & Blues Opens New Store at Streets

The Streets of St. Charles announces the opening of clothing boutique Sole & Blues as the store officially opened its doors today, Monday, August 1st  at the mixed-use development located at Interstate 70 and South Fifth Street in St. Charles .  
Sole & Blues, which opened its first location in the Delmar Loop in 1999, is a locally owned boutique known for its cutting edge lines of clothing, shoes and accessories for both women and men - offering popular brands like BB Dakota, Nudies, Naked and Famous and AG.  Their unique lines of jewelry are created by artists who present a natural and delicate style. 
Located on Beale Street, Sole & Blues, complements Streets clothing retailers MOD and Leopard Boutique with its unique styles - not only for women, but for men as well.  "We're thrilled to bring our fresh styles and approach to fashion to the Streets of St. Charles," said Tammy White, Sole & Blues owner. "We love being a part of the energy here at the Streets."
The opening of Sole & Blues is one of several announcements being made at the Streets of St. Charles in 2016.  P.F. Chang's opened earlier this summer and will soon be followed by Firebird's Wood Fired Grill, Orangetheory Fitness and Think Pink Nail Salon. Construction on the 180-room Drury Inn & Suites, slated to open in 2017, is also underway.
"The vibrancy of the Streets of St. Charles is due largely to the unique and diverse businesses we've brought to the area," said Patricia Kueneke, Senior Real Estate Representative for Cullinan Properties. "Many of the businesses here are locally owned, and therefore play an instrumental role in building community here, making it a welcome and energetic place."

Economic Development Hosts Successful Legislative Breakfast

The City's Economic Development Department hosted its second annual Legislative Breakfast at the St. Charles Convention Center .  The County's legislative delegation presented an overview of the 2016 session to Mayor Sally Faith and Director of Administration Larry Dobrosky along with the City's Power Breakfast members and Economic Development Commission.
"This is a great opportunity for leadership in the City to have a deeper conversation with our legislators regarding actions taking place in Jefferson City," stated Director of Economic Development David Leezer .  "We gain firsthand knowledge as to the priorities of each legislator and their view of key issues addressed by the State of Missouri."
Topics covered included the state budget, education, public safety, pro-business policies and possible future actions in the pending veto session.

Property Showcase - Fountain Lakes Pointe II

The industrial market is hot and Block Hawley Commercial Real Estate Services has a new spec building available to meet our growing demands.
Fountain Lakes Pointe II, ideally positioned along Highway 370, is a newly constructed 138,000 square foot complex ready for office, industrial and/or logistics tenants. 
Located at 501 Fountain Lakes Boulevard, this structure provides the following amenities:  
  • Space available from 24,000 SF to 138,000 SF
  • 40' x 40" Column Spacing
  • 27' Clear
  • ESFR Sprinkler System
  • Dock & Drive In Loading
  • Easy Access to I-70 & I-270
To find out more or set a tour of this great new facility, contact Jeff Hawley or Jim Newman   at 636-534-2900.


Your Economic Development Team  
David Leezer,   Travis Wilson and Susie King