February 2018 - In this Issue:
Shaping the Future of North County

January was a productive, busy month and February looks to be the same - good news for North County Inc. and the North County region. With our committed  board and dedicated partners, we are helping to increase economic growth and enhance the community for all who work and live in North County. 

As you read our latest news, you will see how partnerships and collaboration are keys to success. We are grateful for all of you who step up, take action, churn the economic engine and give your time and expertise to strengthen the region. Together we're shaping the future of North County. 

Best Regards,

Rebecca Zoll
President & CEO

P.S. Mark your calendar for our 41st Annual Leadership Breakfast on May 18 and nominate that special person or organization who deserves recognition by March 24. Click here for Nomination Form. 

Photo Credit: Kent Miller Photography
Welcome New Members!

We are pleased to welcome our newest members to North County Inc.! Thank you
for your support.
  • Earth Dance - Molly Rockamann, Founding Director 
  • Elevate St. Louis - Frank Bell, Executive Director
NCI Encourages Action to Improve Missouri Roads

Last year , the General Assembly established the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force , a 23-member bipartisan panel comprised of participants from the House of Representatives, Senate, Executive Branch and private sector. It was charged to evaluate and make recommendations about Missouri's transportation system and  its funding.
It released its report January 2 recommending a 10 cent increase to the state's gas tax for each gallon and a 12-cent tax increase for diesel fuel to maintain Missouri's more than 3,000 miles of highway. North County Inc. supports the fuel tax increase.
The tax increase is estimated to generate a revenue stream of $50 to $70 million transit and other multi-modal transportation  and an additional $430 million a year for roads and bridges.   For nearly two decades, gas and diesel taxes haven't increased from 17 cents.
"North County is among Missouri's aging, deteriorating transportation infrastructure and is in dire need of repair, maintenance and upgrades. This investment would go a long way to improving travel safety and economic development ," said North County Inc. Board President Dr. Chris Kilbride.
"It is critical MoDOT receives a revenue stream that provides the ability to maintain its roads and bridges as well as funds for major capital improvements such as the reconstruction of I-270 in North County." said Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider.

Transit funding in Missouri was cut to $1.7 million for State Fiscal Year 2018. Currently, Missouri ranks 46th in the country with respect to transit funding. The proposed fuel tax hike would have to be passed by the legislature and Missouri voters.
NCI Invites You to Participate
I-270 on the Move
Public Meeting, February 20 

The Environmental Assessment for
I-270 North is complete and the Missouri Department of Transportation is moving to the next phase of upgrading I-270.

Plan to attend the public meeting 4 - 6 p.m., February 20 at Hazel wood Civic Center East to learn more and offer feedback.

Christian Hospital's New AMCU Opens with Private Rooms

NCI Board member and Christian Hospital President Rick Stevens, J ohanna Crawford, RN, BSN, manager of Christian Hospital's Acute Care Medical Unit (AMCU), BJC HealthCare staff and many community leaders cut the ribbon at the third-floor open house February 1 to officially open the doors to Christian Hospital's new $5 million AMCU. 

The celebration included tours of the newly renovated and expanded AMCU that now has 29 new private patient rooms and is the first step in converting the hospital tower to all private rooms. 

DeSales CDC Gifts Conference Room Table to NCI

NCI is extremely thankful for DeSales CDC's donation of a table for our conference room and sends a big shout out to  Sam Stephens for this generous gift.  We a lso appreciate NCI board member and past chair Scott Negwer and the Negwer Materials team who graciously went beyond the call of duty to deliver and re-assembled the conference room table for us.  NCI is fortunate to have such unyielding support!
Board Approves 2018 NCI Policy Agenda 

NCI board of directors recently approved its 2018 Policy Agenda, which advocates to advance economic investment, job creation and training, access to health care, equitable education and transportation improvements.  Visit website for full report.

Save the Date!
North County Inc. 
41st Annual Leadership Breakfast

Join us 7:30 a.m., Friday, May 18 at the Marriott St. Louis Airport for North County Inc.'s to-be and be-seen signature Annual Leadership Breakfast! Our banner event celebrates individuals, organizations and businesses whose efforts have impacted the development of North County. It's a great networking opportunity, too!
Complete a nomination form by March 23 to recognize an individual, company or organization who has forged a strong commitment to the
north St. Louis County region through business, civic and/or humanitarian efforts. 
Award categories include:  
Business Development: An individual, organization or business whose efforts positively impacted the economic development and business climate of the North St. Louis County area. 
Community Development: An individual, organization or business whose efforts positively benefited youth, residents, civic organizations or others through selfless acts. Contributions go beyond the individual's employment responsibilities or a business/organization's mission and scope of work
Public Service: An outstanding individual elected, appointed or employed by a public body whose longtime service has had a positive impact on the community and/or public body.
Elmer Belsha Leadership Award: An individual whose long-term commitment to North County Inc. and the North St. Louis County area has had a positive impact.