Economic Update - October 2018
Greetings!
One of the most important factors to achieving success is creating and maintaining strong relationships. Here in the City of Saint Charles do that every day with a key allies like local industries, neighboring communities and brokers along with federal, state and local public leaders.
 
An important relationship you’ve heard me speak of is the one with our Sister City Ludwigsburg, Germany . In August, a large contingent from Ludwigsburg visited Saint Charles to tour the City and talk with local leaders on how we can strengthen our cooperative efforts.
 
I was especially excited to see my good friend, Werner Spec , the Lord Mayor of the City of Ludwigsburg. Over the past several years, we have developed a strong partnership which presents great opportunities for both our communities. 
This friendship will result in strong relations with our local industries that could improve trade prospects for everyone. In the end, the creation of a “win-win” scenario is what we all strive for.
 
This bond between Ludwigsburg and Saint Charles reflects our overall strategy, creating strong relationships with key allies that benefits all parties. It is a strategy that has proven to be effective in the past and will continue to pay dividends in the future.
 
Are you looking for a relationship with a local community that wants to share a long term vision with you? Then look no further than Saint Charles . We have the people and assets in place which benefit everyone.
 
Thank you,

Sally A. Faith

Mayor
Money Magazine Ranks Saint Charles
Best Places to Live 2018
Money Magazine has ranked Saint Charles as the #1 Place to Live in Missouri and #32 nationwide according to a report issued by the publication.
 
Mayor Sally Faith thanked Money Magazine for the award. “We’ve always known Saint Charles is a great place to live, play and work; it is gratifying to see an independent third party agree with our position.” 
The basis for its award, Money highlighted the City’s low crime rate, high growth rate, strong housing market and diverse economic base.
In recognizing Saint Charles, the author noted the following: 

“The   first state capitol of Missouri , Saint Charles today is a popular suburb of Saint Louis, boasting a distinguished history and treasured river heritage. History buffs know St. Charles as the  site  of a Lewis & Clark encampment, home to  Daniel Boone , and origin of Boone’s Lick Trail .
 
Today, the people of Saint Charles appreciate their city as a nice place to raise kids, with great schools, little crime, and reasonably priced homes.  Main Street and the riverfront serve as a focal point for the local community; the historic district features numerous restored buildings that house restaurants, businesses, and specialty stores.

Saint Charles also hosts several yearly celebrations: The Christmas Traditions Festival starts after Thanksgiving and is one of the nation’s largest Christmas festivals, and the Festival of the Little Hills related to the Lewis & Clark expedition, is one of the most popular craft fairs in America. — Sergei Klebnikov”
Legends & Lanterns : A "Spirited" Journey Through Halloween History
Christmas Traditions is a month-long celebration of Christmas in St. Charles
St. Charles School District Opens Early Childhood Center
Jason Sefrit, Superintendent of the St. Charles School District , was joined by the public and staff in early August to open its recently completed Early Childhood Center .
 
Sefrit said the early childhood center is a reflection of the changing nature of today’s education system. “To properly prepare our youth for today’s challenges, we cannot allow ourselves to believe education is only a K-12 proposition. This center demonstrates our commitment to engaging our children as soon as possible for the best possible outcomes for them.”
 
The $15 million center was primarily funded by Prop KIDS which was a no-tax-rate increase bond issue that received 85% approval by the district voters.
The complex features:
  •  16 early childhood classrooms
  • A large multipurpose room
  • “Our Town, St. Charles” playroom built to look like Saint Charles Historic Main Street
  • Before and after care options
  • A large outdoor learning playground
Sysco Cuts Ribbon on 75,000 SF Expansion
Sysco , the world’s leading food service, hosted a ribbon cutting for a recently completed expansion of its Saint Charles facility .  Recognized as a global trailblazer in selling, marketing and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers around the world, Sysco originally open its St. Charles operation over twenty years ago.
 
The 75,000 square foot addition expanded the current facility to over 300,000 SF, allowing Sysco to increase its capacity to store and ship frozen and cold foods. 
 
Mayor Sally Faith p raised Sysco for its investment in Saint Charles. "This expansion reinforces they made the right decision to call Saint Charles their home. We appreciate their commitment to our region and look forward to many more years of celebrating their successes.”  
Mayor Sally Faith p raised Sysco for their investment in St. Charles
“This expansion allows us to continue our commitment to providing the highest in quality and customer service in the market,” stated St. Louis President Robert Kirkland
Did You Know?
Legends & Lanterns f estival on Main Street begins at 11 am on Saturday, October 20th Click here to view a calendar of holiday events .
Saint Charles Launches Retail Recruitment Initiative
Throughout this past summer, Travis Wilson , Economic Development Specialist for the City of Saint Charles, has been visiting retail businesses in Saint Louis County to ask an important question:

"Have you ever thought about an additional location in Saint Charles?"

According to Wilson, “With the arrival of Mission Taco , Leopard Boutique , Sole and Blues , and the anticipated opening of Salt and Smoke , it has become apparent that businesses based in Saint Louis County see the value in opening another location in Saint Charles.”
The Economic Development department has been touting important talking points about Saint Charles while on these visits including:

  • Over $1 billion in retail gross sales annually in the City
  • 2,750 new homes that are planned, under construction, or recently competed
  • Average household income is approximately $80,000 (according to Saint Charles County Department of Workforce)

Wilson added, “Perhaps the most important aspect of what Saint Charles offers retailers is a Business-friendly atmosphere and multiple move in ready openings currently available”.
So far, Wilson has visited University City, Maplewood, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, and Webster Groves. If you have a business and would like to open a location in Saint Charles, please visit the website www.growstcharles.com or call (636) 949-3231.
City, Lindenwood Hosted Career & Intern Fair
In an ongoing effort to help local industries address labor shortages, the City’s Economic Development Department teamed with Lindenwood University’s Career Development Office to participate in the school’s fall job fair.
 
The event, held on the Lindenwood Campus, saw local industries engage with students for potential career and internship opportunities. 

“This was an outstanding event for the City and our industries,” stated Economic Development Director David Leezer . “We believe more students visited our area than any other group of employers.”
 
Leezer also stated their goal is to return to the Spring 2019 Career Fair at Lindenwood with the hopes of getting even more St. Charles companies to participate.
Feature Article - The Missouri DED Gears Up for Exciting Changes
by Rob Dixon,
Director, Missouri Dept. of Economic Development
It has been a truly exciting summer! From the Best in Midwest Summit in June all the way to last week's Governor's Conference on Economic Development, the energy around economic and workforce development is palpable.

We're gearing up to make some big changes at the Department, and in advance of those changes I wanted to share some exciting news about the DED team.

Luke Holtschneider named Deputy Director
Luke Holtschneider has been with the Department of Economic Development for over 10 years now, serving first as a project manager, then as manager of rural development, and now I'm excited to announce that Luke will be taking on the role of Deputy Director.

Meet the newest members of our business development team
We're also excited to announce some new additions to our project team. Joining Mark Stombaugh, Michelle Hataway, and Daniel Tappana are Daymeond Hord, Linda Keller Martin, CEcD and Brandon Keller. For information about the regions covered by the business development team, click here.

Samantha Dickey named Director of Strategic Initiatives
As Best in Midwest and Talent for Tomorrow expand across Missouri state agencies, it will be Samantha Dickey leading the efforts to coordinate initiatives and task forces. Working jointly between the Department of Higher Education and Economic Development, Samantha's primary role will be to implement the recommendations from the Governor's Cabinet Subcommittee on Workforce.

We have an amazing team at DED that just keeps getting better! I hope you'll join me in congratulating these folks on their new roles.
Economic Development Receives Award from IEDC
The Economic Development Department for the City of Saint Charles won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Business Retention Program, a project in the category of Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program of 3 Years or More of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) .

The City of Saint Charles Economic Development Department has engaged in an aggressive Business Retention and Expansion program for the past six years. During 2015, 2016, and 2017, the department was able to multiply its efforts and completed over 1,000 business interactions each year. These interactions address job retention and sustainability of overall quality of life. (read more)
 
The honor was presented to David Leezer , Director of Economic Development, at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta. Leezer stated that special thanks goes to department staff for their hard work in achieving this milestone. “ Travis Wilson and Susie King are an integral part of the effectiveness of this program. It is because of their hard work and determination that we have achieved this great distinction.”

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world's largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at  iedconline.org .
“Our department has put a premium for our innovative approach to business retention, we are grateful that the leaders of this industry recognize our abilities,“ Leezer said.
Fast Fact...
The Orchard Farm Early Learning Center (ELC) was named Program of the Year by the Missouri School Boards' Associate. (learn more)
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This 12,000 SF building has 2,000 SF of flexible space available in the thriving Hughes Industrial Park. Due to its unique position, this building is within minutes from Boeing, Patriot machine, Saint Louis Lambert Airport and Highway 370.
 
If you need to expand your business in the thriving Saint Charles market, then contact Charles Critti of CM Critti Properties to access this outstanding space.
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Your Economic Development Team