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Pivot

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2018 Regional Investors Breakfast

Friday, June 15, 2018
7:30 - 
8:30 a.m. Network
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Program
J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University






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St. Charles is connected to 240 miles (and growing) of biking trails.  (click to find out more)



 



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In mid-March, I traveled with a large contingent from Missouri to Washington D.C. to talk issues with our congressional delegation.  The trip, called the "Missouri-DC Fly In", was sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to demonstrate the unity that exists in our state.
 
Over thirty Missouri elected officials and industry leaders spoke as one voice about significant legislative issues.  This event also allowed me to inform our Congress members and Senators about key topics that impact our City.  That is the great thing about the Fly-In; I represented Missouri and St. Charles.
 
This same commitment to unity is also very apparent in St. Charles County.  I am in constant communication with fellow mayors in the county addressing issues that impact our region.
 
A great example of that cooperation will occur at our upcoming Mayors' Charity Ball.  We, as municipal leaders, come together every year to celebrate what is good in the area.  In addition, the funds raised are invested back into our County through grant applications from non-profit organizations county wide.  All the Mayors interview and select the recipients for each upcoming Mayors' Charity Ball.
 
Cooperation is just one of many reasons why St. Charles City AND County are thriving.  We understand that our unity creates jobs, investment and growth for everyone in the metropolitan area.  We thrive because we are able to speak as both a community and a region.

Thank you,
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Mayor Sally Faith
City, OPO Startups Host DED Director Dixon & MEDC

Mayor Faith and City and County staff meet with Missouri DED Director Rob Dixon
Rob Dixon, Director of Economic Development for the State of Missouri, visited St. Charles recently to discuss investment issues with City leaders and also spoke with the St. Louis regional members of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC). The meeting was held at the OPO Startups.
 
Dixon met with Mayor Sally Faith, Director of Administration Larry Dobrosky, Greg Prestemon and the City's Economic Development team. The two sides gathered to identify cooperative ventures to continue the growth in St. Charles City and County.
 
Randy Schilling, owner and creator of the digital incubator, gave a personal tour of the facility to Director Dixon and discussed the important role Historic Tax Credits played in its creation.
 
"This was a very productive meeting," stated Mayor Faith. "Director Dixon demonstrated a willingness to work with us to 
Director Dixon explained the creation of a new strategic plan
get major projects moving forward. We appreciate this attention to our concerns."
 
After the summit, Dixon spoke to a large gathering of the District 5 members of MEDC. In his presentation, the Director talked about  the business growth strategy he and Governor Greitens have instituted in the department and the creation of a new strategic plan for the agency.
 
The event was co-hosted by the Economic Development Department for the City and the EDC Business & Community Partners.

City Joins Allies at Aerospace Summit

Economic Development Director David Leezer joined the
St. Charles partners attend summit
Missouri Department of Economic Development's International Trade and Investment Office, the Missouri Partnership and various industries state-wide at the Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit trade show.  

The  program is a continuation of the City's newly minted business recruitment strategy.
 
"This was a great event that offered a great deal of promise," Leezer stated.  "I know our entire contingent felt this summit was a worthy investment of time and money."
 
The initial program was a day long presentation from the Boeing Corporation on their various business units and the types of vendors they are needing to make the units productive.
 
The summit also hosted a two day trade show and networking
The summit provided an opportunity to network with aerospace suppliers
event allowing a variety of aerospace and defense industries to discuss potential joint ventures.
 
"I am really excited about what happened at this program.  Not only do I have a couple of potential long term projects, but have also referred a couple of St. Charles' industries to contacts I made that might benefit our existing industry base," Leezer added. 


City Participates in Missouri Partnership Site Selectors Visit
Visit with site consultants in Columbus with Missouri Partnership

The City of St. Charles Economic Development Director, David Leezer, was part of a statewide team that met with key site locations consultants in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis. Dennis Pruitt, Vice President with Missouri Partnership , developed and managed the trip.
 
Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development organization that markets the state for new investment and growth.
 
Leezer stated the trip was part of the department's revised recruitment efforts identified by the MarksNelson study commissioned by the EDC Business & Community Partners . The study identified key industry sectors for the City to focus on. 
Outreach to site selectors focuses on industries identified by the MarksNelson Study
 
"We decided now is a great time to expand our economic development approach to include a substantive recruitment effort," Leezer said. "The Columbus-Indianapolis outreach program met the standards we established for this strategy."
 
Leezer praised Pruitt and Missouri Partnership for organizing the event.  " Dennis Pruitt and  Missouri Partnership did a great job establishing substantive meetings with consultants interested in this state. I was able to develop a relationship with key contacts that will ultimately pay dividends for St. Charles."


City Celebrates Extension of Bike Trail and Honored by Great Rivers Greenway
Mayor Faith and Parks director receive award for collaboration

The City of St. Charles is the first recipient of the Murray Award from Great Rivers Greenway. The award presentation was part of the dedication and ribbon cutting celebration of the new Centennial Greenway this past  Saturday.

The award is in honor and memory of Mike Murray, who embodied the mission and collaborative model of Great Rivers Greenway. Nonprofit, municipal, government or corporate partners that go above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to the mission of Great Rivers Greenway over the course of a given year will be recognized annually with this award.

"To receive this recognition is an extreme honor," said Maralee Britton, director of the City of Saint Charles Parks and Recreation Department. "We value working and collaborating with Great Rivers Greenway to make our City a place where everyone can enjoy all the beautiful areas we have to offer."
Great Rivers Greenway mentioned The City of Saint Charles' collaboration to make the region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a network of greenway to connect people to local rivers, parks and communities.
Ribbon cutting celebration of Centennial Greenway


One example cited is the Boschert Greenway. "As the operations and maintenance partner on the Boschert Greenway, the willingness and capacity of City staff to care for the greenway allowed for unique enhancements to the greenway such as the Living Wall of native grasses and the bicycle-themed public art sculpture," stated information regarding the award. The City was also recognized for collaboration efforts with Boeing to create a walking and bicycling connection between Boeing's defense facility and the Katy Trail, so the large number of employees who use active transportation to get to and from work have a more safe and convenient connection.

"We are thrilled with this award and want to thank Great Rivers Greenway for the honor, said Mayor Sally Faith. "We appreciate all the work that goes into making Saint Charles a beautiful, safe place for people to live and play."


Featured Article - Missouri is Seeing Significant, Ongoing FDI
Steve Johnson

by Steve Johnson, CEO, Missouri Partnership

In May 2017, we asked the question, "What if the age of offshoring has come to an end? What if the global market is adjusting so that reshoring, or keeping production in the U.S. to begin with, makes the most financial sense?
 
I contend that the question is being answered by the company decisions we are seeing across the U.S. and in Missouri. I believe the U.S. is poised to re-emerge as a manufacturing superpower and foreign-owned companies are jumping into America's fiscally responsible fray.
 
Here in Missouri, since January 2017, we have seen significant investments by foreign-owned companies and US-companies reshoring jobs.
 
 
"This move to Missouri is a well thought through strategy 
Toyota Expands Investment in Missouri. Could Reshoring be the Key to America's Resurgence?
where the benefits for all counterparts are optimized," said Raimo Helasmaki, Nammo's EVP of Commercial Ammunition. "The local authorities have been very easy to work with to help develop this project. We look forward to years of growth through this facility"
 
 
"Kansas City Metro and the Blue Springs area are known for being a source of excellence in American manufacturing and we're looking forward to building on that expertise and skill set as we continue to provide the very best to our customers," said Donald Hampton Jr, president of Faurecia Interiors in North America.
 
 
"From Washington to Missouri, what we are announcing today is the result of years of hard work and a major change in the way employers and farmers are treated," said Congressman Jason Smith about the Magnitude 7 investment. "We are bringing back the domestic aluminum and steel industries and with it, jobs."
 
Manufacturers are taking advantage of Missouri by joining an existing industry center with the necessary infrastructure and talent supplies already in place, along with access to major customers.
 
Businesses with overseas locations are rapidly transitioning production back to the U.S. Facilities are popping up in every region, including Missouri.
 
The manufacturing buzz is building, and it has crossed international barriers. Foreign companies are recognizing the advantages of manufacturing in the U.S., and their interest is leading to serious discussions and decisions. This migration seems to be leading to resurgence in American manufacturing prosperity, paving a road to its roots as a center of successful innovation and enterprise.



St. Charles 2018 Regional Investors Breakfast to be Held in June
2017 Regional Investors Breakfast

The City's annual economic development overview, known as the Regional Investors Breakfast, will take place  on Friday, June 15th at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the campus of Lindenwood University.
 
Recognized as one of the region's most premier economic development events, the program highlights recent successes in the City and future plans to continue the growth.
 
"This year's event will be somewhat different from previous breakfasts," stated  David Leezer. "We are incorporating some changes that will make the program even more substantive and beneficial for attendees."
 
There is no cost to attend but we ask that you register.  Please click here to RSVP. You may also email Susie King to attend or call the Economic Development Office at 636-949-3231.


Economic Development Commission Focused on Long Term Plan
E.D. Commission is creating a long term strategy

The City's Economic Development Commission, a group of community leaders  committed to maintaining a vibrant business climate in St. Charles , used their March meeting to initiate the creation of a long term strategy.
 
Steve Kinzy, Commission Chair and a retired executive with ESRI, led the planning session. The premise of the effort centered on the question: " What are the most important Economic Development activities that should be completed by the City of St. Charles to differentiate us in twenty years? "
 
Kinzy engaged commission members through a nominal group process which encouraged open dialogue and free exchange of ideas. Once complete, committee members identified the top five issues the City should be focusing on.
The meeting created a dialogue on key issues that need attention and focus
 
David Leezer, Director of Economic Development, said all members thought the session was extremely beneficial. "Everyone saw value in the exercise. It created a dialogue on key issues that needed our attention and focus," Leezer said.
 
Over the next few months, staff and members will be refining the results of the process to create a plan of action.


St. Charles to Join Allies at ICSC RECON
Promoting St. Charles to brokers, retail executives and developers

The   Economic Development Department for the   City of St. Charles will once again demonstrate a strong presence at the International Council of Shopping Centers RECON Trade Show in Las Vegas.  
Recognized as the world's largest gathering of retail real estate professionals, this event hosts 37,000 professionals and 1,200 exhibitors for three days of networking and deal making.
 
"Our primary goal is to promote the brand of St. Charles to brokers, retail executives and developers," stated Economic Development Director   David Leezer .  "Over the years, we have establish a reputation as a community worthy of retail investment."
 
However, strengthening the City's investment position is only part of the strategy for the department.
 
"We also attend to support our key partners like Cullinan Properties ,   Corporate Group , American Commercial Realty , The DESCO Group ,   Cissell Mueller , and   L3 Corporation in their efforts to secure tenants for their properties."
 
The ICSC RECON Show will run from May 20th through May 23rd.


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Sincerely,

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