Economic Update - February 2019
Greetings!
On January 30 th , we hosted our “State of the City” address at Bogey Hills Country Club . Over 200 attendees heard about our successes and our plans to continue these successes.
 
St. Charles is a great city with many outstanding assets. So it was both exciting and gratifying for me to talk about everything that has – and will – take place. However, I also emphasized that our success is a result of partnerships we have forged and maintained. The City of St. Charles could not have achieved this level of greatness on our own and we appreciate everyone who has played a part in our success.
 
I was also excited that Bogey Hills Country Club hosted the address. As many know, it was devastated by a massive fire nearly two years. A new and more modern building rose from the ashes to serve the region. I want to commend the owners of Bogeys Hills for their determination to rebuild which resulted in a spectacular new showcase.
 
If you missed the State of the City event, you can watch it by going to www.stcharlescitymo.gov and clicking on the “Watch Live” icon and then clicking on the “Specialty” tab on the page.
 
There is no doubt 2019 will be a great year for the City of St. Charles and I look forward to celebrating more successes with you.
 
Thank you, 
Sally A. Faith
Mayor
"State of the City" Addresses Current Success, Future Plans
On January 31 st , Mayor Sally Faith convened her first ever “State of the City” address to give updates on various City initiatives.
 
The event, held at Bogey Hills Country Club , hosted nearly 200 attendees while another large contingent followed the events on Facebook Live.
 
Mayor Faith outlined the successes that have taken place over the past year and showcased a variety of departments including Engineering , Public Works , Economic Development , Police , Fire , Finance , Community Development , Tourism and Parks & Recreation .
 
The highlight of the morning was Mayor Faith’s announcement that the City of St. Charles was starting the process to issue an RFP for the start of the Bangert Island Redevelopment Project. The RFP, which will be issued in late February, will be seeking private sector investment and involvement to redevelop the area next to the Missouri River and immediately east of Streets of St. Charles .
 
“Bangert Island is another transformational project that will demonstrate our City’s commitment to growth and success in the region,” Faith added.
As many of you have heard me say, ‘If it’s happening, it’s happening in Saint Charles,” Mayor Sally Faith said as she opened the event. “I believe that is true more than ever!”
SAVE THE DATE
The 2019 City of Saint Charles Regional Investors Breakfast will be hosted at the J. Scheidegger Center - Lindenwood University on Friday, June 14. More details will follow.
City, SSM Health Cut Ribbon on First Capitol Improvements
Mayor Sally Faith joined Lisle Wescott, President and CEO of SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles and members of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the completion of the First Capitol Drive enhancement projects.

“This is a great day for SSM Health and the city,” stated Mayor Sally Faith. This project succeeded because of our shared vision to make our community safer, better and more accessible. I applaud Lisle and her staff for working with us to make these improvements a reality. ”  

Our SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles is located at 300 First Capitol Dr. in St. Charles. For more information on their services or their hours of operation, please call 636-947-5000 or visit their website at ssmstjoseph.com.
The project entailed construction of new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible sidewalks, pedestrian and street lighting, and enhanced landscaping. It also included a water main replacement along First Capitol Drive, bus shelters, and a 2" asphalt mill and overlay.
State of Missouri, St. Charles Returning to Aerospace & Auto Show
The Missouri Department of Economic Development has partnered with Advanced Business Events, The Boeing Company and Magna, with the support of the City of St. Charles , Missouri Partnership , St. Louis Regional Chamber and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership to bring the first ever Aero & Auto Advanced Suppliers Summit to St. Louis in 2019.
 
The Aero & Auto Advanced Suppliers Summit’s first day will feature a series of presentations given by supply chain and technical specialists from Boeing Defense & Security (BDS) and Magna followed by two days of pre-arranged business-to-business meetings for participants. The summit will focus on advanced capabilities and technologies in the aerospace and automotive industries such as additive manufacturing, laser technologies, Micro and Nano fabrication, bonding and joining, and other high technology advances.

The event takes place October 8-10 and will be held at the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. For more info, visit: www.aaa-suppliers-summit.com .
“Two of Missouri’s leading advanced manufacturing sectors are aerospace and automotive,” stated Ann Pardalos, Managing Director of International Trade & Investment for the Department of Economic Development. “This event fits our overall strategy of promoting Missouri on a global front while highlighting two of our strongest sectors.

Pardalos added that St. Charles is a critical partner in our efforts to support local suppliers and vendors and we greatly appreciate their support of these types of specialty forums. We look forward to welcoming the world-class manufacturers from the St. Louis region joining others from across the state and world to participate in this first ever summit in Missouri
Did You Know?
St. Charles has surpassed Branson and has the 3rd largest visitor economy in Missouri
Feature Article - New Approach to Economic and Workforce Development
by Rob Dixon,
Director, MO Dept. of Economic Development
Partners, Colleagues, and Citizens of St. Charles, 

Over the past few weeks, we have had the honor to be a part of some historic moments for economic development in Missouri, and we are excited to share the Department of Economic Development’s plans for the future.       

Last year, we launched an initiative called Best in Midwest to acknowledge our state’s economic development challenges and develop plans to address them. Shortly thereafter, we partnered with the Department of Higher Education to launch the companion initiative, Talent for Tomorrow, to fundamentally reset our workforce development and education strategy.

In last month’s State of the State Address, Governor Parson outlined a bold agenda for Missouri that included the culmination of these two initiatives. It was a crystal clear vision for our state and detailed plans to make it a reality.

As part of these plans, the Department of Economic Development will be making several improvements to better serve businesses and partners like you across the state:

We will also be transferring some of our existing divisions to other state departments to better align their many functions and provide smarter, more effective government for our citizens. 

Among these is the Division of Workforce Development, which will be transferred to the Department of Higher Education to provide Missourians with one resource for the full range of post-secondary training and education options.

In addition to these changes, Governor Parson outlined several other critical workforce development and infrastructure priorities for 2019. Here is a link for more on the Governor’s bold agenda to move Missouri forward.  
  • We will be laser focused. When we look at successful economic development agencies around the country, we see a laser focus on business development. That means that everything we do will build stronger communities, an infrastructure and a workforce that supports business growth and job creation.
  • We will be regionally targeted. The needs across Missouri are different in every community, and the best way for us to meet these unique needs is to be present alongside our local partners in the regions we serve. To do this, we are creating new Regional Engagement Teams responsible for existing business support. These teams will be the first and primary contacts for businesses and local community partners. Think of them as your “customer service agents.”

  • We will be data driven. We have to keep an eye on the horizon and act based on the trends that we’re seeing in our dynamic economy. To do that, we’re forming a Strategy and Performance Team that will guide our organization and help us keep pace with the needs of our customers.

  • We will be customer-centric. We’re going to start with one of the top challenges facing our customers. Through a new division called Missouri One Start, we’re going to win business expansion and attraction opportunities for Missouri by delivering exceptional workforce services including employee recruitment, pre-employment, and training support for the businesses we serve.
We are creating an economic development strategy for the next generation. It is an honor serve you, and we look forward to working with you to make Missouri the best in the Midwest.  
Economic Development Executes Aggressive Recruitment Strategy
David Leezer , Director of Economic Development for the City of St. Charles , is undertaking an aggressive business recruitment strategy during the first quarter of 2019.
 
The strategy, which was outlined in the EDC’s recent MarksNelson report, identified target industries for each community in St. Charles County to focus on. For St. Charles, the consultants recommended aerospace and back office.
 
“We took this report very seriously,” stated Leezer, “and we intend to be very aggressive in our approach to not only the target industries but with key site locators.”
 
Leezer will be meeting with site consultants on three separate mission trips. The first will be in Atlanta and Greenville, South Carolina followed by a separate trip to Dallas and then another set of meetings with site consultants in Phoenix and Los Angeles.
 
“Successful economic development recruitment hinges on establishing and maintain strong relationships,” Leezer added. “This is a strategy we started in late 2018 and will enhance over the next few years.”
The trips are being conducted in cooperation with the Missouri Partnership and the St. Louis Regional Chamber . Other development professionals from Spire Energy , the St. Louis region and the State of Missouri will also be in attendance.
Fast Fact...
The City of St. Charles has upgraded it's website to improve on-line accessibility. E-permitting is now available and more features will be announced in the future.
Nominate A St. Charles Business for the 2019 Employer of the Year Award
Once again, the City of St. Charles is seeking nominations for the 2019 Employer of the Year Award.
 
The annual award event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, during the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon.  
 
Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Service
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • The Jack Heck Award - given to a company that exhibits long-time City employee Jack Heck's devotion to community, faith and family
  • Sustainability - recognizes a company which has taken measures to improve energy efficiency

To nominate a St. Charles business for Employer of the Year, please click here to download the nomination form. You can submit it to Susie King via email , fax, or regular mail. Nominations are due by Friday, March 29, 2019.
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Sincerely,

Your Economic Development Team