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Economic Update - December 2018
Greetings!
Merry Christmas to All!
 
This is the time of year when we normally look back and review what has taken place in our lives and community. Believe me, a lot of great things occurred in Saint Charles in 2018.
 
However, I am going to do something a little different this year. 
 
In late January, the City will be hosting its first ever, “State of the City” address. Similar to the presidential “State of the Union” address, this event will review what has taken place over the past year while also outlining a clear strategy for our future. 
 
I believe there has been a lot of accomplishments over the past several months, successes that we all should brag about. Nevertheless, I know we can’t just rest on our laurels and it is important to communicate our path forward to citizens, industries and our allies.
 
Be watching for more information about our upcoming State of the City address and I hope you will be able to attend. I have no doubt that once you experience the program, you will be saying “If it’s happening, it’s happening in St. Charles!”
 
Season’s Greetings
 
Thank you,
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Sally A. Faith,
Mayor
Panda Express, Black Bear Diner Celebrate Grand Openings
Black Bear Diner serves, home-style comfort foods.
State Representative Chrissy Sommer and Mayor Sally Faith welcome Panda Express to Saint Charles
The City of St. Charles  and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new restaurants in the community.

Black Bear Diner opened their very first Missouri restaurant in St. Charles in mid-November. Started in the western United States, the diner serves homestyle and "old-fashioned" comfort foods.

Panda Express , the world leader in Asian dining experiences, opened their first City of St. Charles restaurant in late November. Laura Lund, Regional Real Estate Manager for the company, was on hand to celebrate the grand opening. 

Both fast growing eateries are located near Interstate 70 along Veterans Parkway immediately in front of Wal-Mart.

“We are excited that both of these outstanding restaurants chose St. Charles,” said Mayor Sally Faith . “Their decisions continue to reinforce that we are a thriving community that businesses want to invest in.”


Did You Know?
Saint Charles has the third largest tourism industry in Missouri, behind Saint Louis and Kansas City. Don't forget to visit Historic Main Street for Christmas Traditions. (more info)
Streets of St. Charles Adding Two New Tenants
Cullinan Properties , owner and developer of the Streets of St. Charles , announces the upcoming addition of Play Street Museum and Cherry Blow Dry Bar to its St. Charles development. Both Play Street Museum and Cherry Blow Dry Bar will be located at 1650 Beale Street.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these concepts which are ‘first to the St. Louis market’ locations for both franchises, and further contribute to the unique mix offered at Streets of St. Charles,” stated Kathleen Brill, Vice President and Director of Leasing for Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

Play Street is not a typical children’s museum—because of our smaller size, children can be independent while their parents can relax knowing their kids are exploring and learning in a safe place,” stated St. Charles franchise co-owners, Nicole Simon and Kellie Geraghty. “We are thrilled to bring Play Street Museum to the St. Louis area and we know St. Charles is the perfect place to start.”

Local husband and wife owners, Lance and Abby Millican, are thrilled to expand Cherry Blow Dry Bar’s presence into Missouri. “We’re excited to be located at Streets of St. Charles, where we can offer women something truly unique in glam styling at an affordable price.”

Play Street Museum and Cherry Blow Dry Bar are slated to open in February 2019. 
Play Street Museum  offers a variety of interactive toys and games such as construction blocks – much like a world class museum on a smaller scale.
Cherry Blow Dry Bar provides premium express services including blowouts, hair extensions, makeup services and treatments. 

Feature Article - Working as One Team is Key to Attraction in Missouri
by Steve Johnson,
CEO of Missouri Partnership
Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership
For those familiar with St. Charles , it’s easy to take the aerospace and defense strengths of the region for granted. For those who are not, it may be surprising just how much of an impact the St. Charles region has on Missouri’s aerospace and defense industry leadership.

Companies such as Boeing , Patriot Machine , LMI Aerospace , Craftsmen Industries , Northrop Grumman , Masterclock and Titanova all have homes in the region. These companies and many more across the state are a key reason Missouri is viewed as a strong leader and innovator in the aerospace and defense industry. Nearly one in ten Missouri workers is employed in manufacturing, with aerospace and defense being one of the sector’s largest components.

The Boeing plant in St. Charles, with its 1200 employees, is making the latest in military ordinance. LMI’s 400 employees, Patriot’s 130, and Northrup’s 100, all add their innovation and expertise to the mix. St. Charles is also home to Boeing’s Research and Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous System Laboratory, where Boeing is innovating with drones and other autonomous technologies. Just across the Missouri River, you find another 13,000 Boeing employees (some of which will be making the brand-new T-X trainer and MQ-25 unmanned refueler while the rest continue to build the F/A-18, EA-18 and F-15), 800+ GKN Aerospace innovators, and much more. Statewide, Missouri is home to around 100 aerospace manufacturing companies.

On the non-aerospace defense front, Missouri is a leader in the technology and geospatial analytics fields. From the 3,000+ (and increasing) employees at the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West  in St. Louis providing intelligence support to US forces globally, to  EaglePicher‘s high-tech lithium batteries that power NASA and the US military built in Joplin, to the  Kansas City National Security Campus supporting the warfighter and keeping America’s nuclear deterrent safe, secure and reliable, Missouri is a defense industry leader in the heart of America. And St. Charles-area talent is a strong part of our leadership in these industries.

St. Charles , and the St. Louis region , and Missouri as a whole, have a powerful story to tell—together. Gone are the days of working in silos and poaching companies from the neighboring community. Today, we must work together to help grow our existing companies, support our startup innovators, and attract investment and job creation by companies who have not yet invested in our state. And we are proud to be a part of the Missouri team, working with the state and communities like St. Charles. Thank you for your partnership with us and with the Hawthorn Foundation, a nd for your ongoing support for important partners like David Leezer and the St. Charles team.

Together we can create growth in our aerospace and defense industry—and every other industry that wants to benefit from great people, innovative minds, a great regulatory and tax environment, and everything else that makes our state one of the best in the U.S.
Fast Fact...
The second, third and fourth and seventh largest cities in the St. Louis Bi-State area are located in St. Charles County
Featured Property - 1504 Elm Street
St. Charles based Thomas Realty Group offers a prime location for retailers needing easy access and high traffic counts.

1500 Elm is strategically located at the intersection of Elm Street and Kingshighway. Updated and refaced in 2017, this outstanding community center has 1,500 SF of prime retail space available. A noted St. Louis favorite, Ruma's Deli will open in early 2019 which will certainly draw crowds.

Located just minutes from Historic Main Street, 1500 Elm can serve the nearby populations of Lindenwood University , St. Charles High School and Duchesne High School  
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Your Economic Development Team