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DID YOU KNOW?

First State Bank of St. Charles President and CEO Luanne Cundiff was one of nine CEOs of financial institutes invited to the White House to discuss regulations and the community banking industry.  First State Bank is celebrating their 150 year anniversary in 2017.  







FAST FACT
St. Charles County leads regional growth, adding over 30,000 people (8.4 %) since 2010.  

source: U.S. Census Bureau 








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As Mayor these past six years, I have had the pleasure of participating in a number of exciting projects.  From the growth of Streets of St. Charles and University Commons, to the relocation of the US Postal Service and completion of Fifth Street, there have been a lot of things taking place in this great community.
 
However, the most exciting accomplishment for me is the return of the trolley.  This is something that I have worked hard to accomplish, and on March 14th we joined the Greater St. Charles County Chamber in cutting the ribbon for the opening run of our new trolley.
 
This is a great addition, not only because it offers free sight-seeing tours 7 days a week for anyone interested in experiencing St. Charles, but it also connects all of our great assets. The trolley operates from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 am to 5:30 pm on Sundays.  Riders can get on and off at any of the following 8 stops to shop, dine or take in the sights of this great City:  
  • St. Charles Convention Center
  • Streets of St. Charles 
  • Ameristar Casino & Resort Spa
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Foundry Arts Centre
  • Frenchtown
  • Mark Twain Village
While it has only been operational a few weeks, we are hearing nothing but praise for the new trolley, and ridership is high.  

In my eyes, the trolley is an outstanding tourism  and economic development tool for St. Charles . All growing cities understand the importance of finding ways of connecting with not only visitors, but with itself.  The trolley demonstrates how important connections create a more vibrant and prosperous community while playing off our abundant assets like Historic Main Street.
 
St. Charles recognizes that our vitality is a result of not only the associations from our trolley stops, but also between our City and all of our partners.  From industrial, retail, commercial, housing and -of course - tourism, the City of St. Charles continues to succeed because we are all committed to investing in today and tomorrow.
 
Are you looking for better connections with your community?  Then link up with our Economic Development Department at 636-949-3231 or visit them at www.GrowStCharles.com .
 
And don't forget..."If It's Happening, It's Happening In St. Charles!"

Thank you,
 Sally Sig photoshop 
Mayor Sally Faith
St. Charles Executes Successful Cutting Edge Workforce Recruitment Program
A wide variety of job opportunities were discussed

The City's Economic Development Team, along with the EDC Business & Communities Partners and the St. Charles County Workforce Development Office , partnered with nine city employers to host a "Career and Lifestyle Event" in late March at Effingham, Illinois.
 
"We decided to set a new standard for workforce recruitment to address concerns voiced by our employers," stated David Leezer, Director of Economic Development for the City of St. Charles.  "The lack of available workforce is something most, if not all, of our industries is trying to grapple with."
 
Leezer and his team decided to travel 115 miles outside of the area in order to fill the gap of available talent. Effingham was chosen due to its proximity to the St. Louis area.  Overall, the program was considered a success. 
 
LMI Aerospace attended recruiting event (Click for video)
"Turnout was lower than we anticipated," Leezer stated, "but the quality of attendees was very, very high.  In fact, we have one industry that has already hired one of the people who came to our event."
 
"Overall, our industries were happy with the types of people they met with."
 
 
The St. Charles County Association of Realtors and St. Charles Community College also attended to provide attendees with insight on housing and educational opportunities.
 
Leezer stated the program has started a buzz both in St. Charles and outside of the region.  In fact, he said the city will host another program in a different part of Illinois in the coming months.  " We are confident this will pay dividends for our industries which are the primary focus of our department," Leezer stated. 

For more information and links to the company's hiring pages, visit   www.DiscoverYourFutureStCharles.com.


Cullinan Properties Breaks Ground for New Hotel at Streets
Tru by Hilton targets younger travelers

Officials with Cullinan Properties , Kinseth Hospitality and the City of St. Charles joined together to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Tru by Hilton Hotel at Streets of St. Charles .

The five-story, 87-room hotel will be geared toward millennials through a new Hilton brand, Tru, that targets budget-conscious shoppers willing to spend $75 to $95 per night.
 
"We picked the Streets of St. Charles because of its high energy environment. It has a vibrancy with all of the nearby restaurants, and attractions that will draw many travelers. We're excited to be a part of the Streets of St. Charles and the greater St. Louis community," stated Ben Kinseth, Director of Operations at Kinseth Hospitality Companies.
 
The 27-acre mixed-use development is conveniently located at the entry point of the City of St. Charles along Interstate 70 and encompasses retail, dining, residential and office spaces that are designed to feel like an urban neighborhood.  

Tru will be the second hotel at the Streets of St. Charles. Drury Inn & Suites plans to open this summer.

"Since its inception, Streets of St. Charles has been envisioned and developed around the idea of creating a community where there is something for everyone, and all would feel welcome to gather and share experiences," said Cullinan VP and Director of Leasing Kathleen Brill.

The new hotel is expected to be complete by spring 2018.

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A Letter from Acting Director of Economic Development Mike Downing

Mike Downing, Acting Director of Missouri Department of Economic Development

As we head into the fourth month of this new administration, we are feeling more and more confident about the mission for our state and how we expect to meet our targets. Missourians elected   Gov. Eric Greitens for a reason-they wanted something new and someone with a new vision.

Gov. Greitens hit the ground running by putting in place business friendly initiatives and successfully passing key pieces of legislation, including  Right to Work and Tort Reform. He is also making some significant changes here in Jefferson City that will soon be felt throughout the state. He hired Drew Erdmann as Missouri's first Chief Operating Officer, charged with cutting waste, fraud, abuse, and redundant services and programs that hinder business development and job creation.  And I can tell you after meeting with Mr. Erdmann personally and hearing him address the Hawthorn Foundation-- that he has an excellent grasp on how to lighten the load, redirect our sail, and steer the ship towards greatness. He continues to underscore the importance of building up our workforce so that we can meet businesses' demands both now and tomorrow.

The Governor is also making his schedule available at any time of the day to help our department and our partners close deals with businesses and land their expansion projects. Creating more, higher-paying private sector jobs for Missouri families was the platform he ran on and it continues to be the drum beat we march to. In just four short months, we've partnered with 18 companies to make expansion announcements (and dozens more are in process) throughout the state. From Harrisonville to Hazelwood and Carthage to Columbia, these companies have signed up to create more that 1,600 jobs right here in Missouri.   

Here is what the governor posted after his phone call with the owners of Ardent IT Solutions ,   a St. Charles  based startup founded last year and is already growing its workforce:

"This is another win for Missouri. I recently spoke with the owners of Ardent IT Solutions. They told me about how proud they are of being able to create jobs in their hometown. It was a pleasure to hear the exci tement in their voices as they talk about their business. As a small startup company, Justin Klutenkamper and David Hunn also appreciate some of the things we are doing here to make it easier f or them to do what they do best-run their business. We are working for them by reducing red tape and making it easier for workers to make their own decisions regarding unions. I want to thank these entrepreneurs for choosing to grow in the community they love and create jobs for families in our state. Congratulations and thank you for growing Missouri and adding to our tech sector."

Governor Eric Greitens
Despite the less than d esirable budget situation and unpredictable global marketplace, we are putting our stock in the people of this state and the vision that sees them succeeding. In fact, just last week, the governor announced a new rural broadband program that will build infrastructure so that all public schools will have access to high speed internet. We are only as strong as our weakest members and by making sure kids in every corner of the state have the same tools, we are solidifying a more prosperous future for all.

As we continue to look at economic development through a new lens, I want to personally invite you to attend Gov. Greitens' first ever conference on economic development, Not Business As Usual. Gov. Greitens plans to share his vision for the state, introduce the new leaders in state government, and unite our communities to become a part of one mission, one state. We hope to see you in St. Louis, Sept. 6-8 at the Hilton at the Ballpark. Get ready to throw out the book and start taking field notes because under Greitens, economic development is Not Business As Usual.  


ELTEK International Laboratoriees Continues to Lead the World in Testing for the Electrical Industry
Ed Van Vooren, President and CEO of ELTEK Labs, Presenting at the Round Table

St. Charles, MO, USA has been home for ELTEK Labs since Ed Van Vooren started the lab in 1987.  As an active member of the standards development community, ELTEK has hosted Working Groups of the International  Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) at its facility.  The IEC operates under the United Nations and is responsible to develop and maintain specifications for international trade in the electrical/electronic field.
 
On March 14, Ed Van Vooren, President and CEO of ELTEK International Laboratories (ELTEK Labs), made a presentation in Suzhou, China.  The presentation, titled High Voltage Electrical Insulation Systems, was co-hosted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and ELTEK Labs. International Test Standards define High Voltage (HV) as any application in which the apparatus operates at or above 1000 volts (1 kV).

With a goal of bringing the extensive program of available Insulation Systems test standards into wider industry exposure, the presentation covered four topics:
  • The relationship between International Standards and International Marketing
  • High Voltage Motors and Generators
  • High Voltage Transformers
  • The Simplified Approach for Projects Being Performed at ELTEK Labs for Submittal to UL
In August 2016, following collaborative efforts between ELTEK Labs and Underwriters Laboratories, an announcement was made that UL had selected ELTEK Labs as their preferred testing laboratory for all HV applications.  This selection was based on two significant factors: First, ELTEK Labs is the world's only independent testing laboratory to achieve international accreditation for this type of testing by the International 
Attendees at the Round Table
Accreditation Service (IAS).  Second, ELTEK is the source of development for several new Electrical Insulation System test standards, including the method for evaluation of systems for use in the design of the coils for HV transformers that is presently being circulated to become a global test method.  This test method has been used for companies such as SGB, located in southern Germany, to achieve certification of newly designed HV transformers.  Unlike previous methods that require between 3 to 5 years to complete, this new test method is structured to help manufacturers evaluate their designs much more quickly - with the Simplified Approach , certification can be achieved in less than 1 year.
 
The March 14 th Round Table presentation was the second of what is intended to be three such programs.  The first was given at UL's world headquarters in Northbrook, IL, USA on October 3, 2016.  When the first presentation was being organized it was expected to draw members from only the US industry; however, the level of interest industry-wide resulted in attendees coming from as far as China.  This second presentation in Suzhou, China drew members from across all parts of China.  The third presentation will be held in Germany, just outside of Frankfurt, on May 11, 2017. 


St. Charles & Chamber to Host 2017 Employer of the Year Program
2016 Employers of the Year

Once again, the City of St. Charles and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will jointly host the area's Employer of the Year program.
 
The annual event will take place on Thursday, May 4th during the Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon at the St. Charles Convention Center.       
 
"The City appreciates the cooperative effort we have with the Chamber to recognize the many small businesses that make our region vibrant," stated Mayor Sally Faith.
 
During the program, Mayor Faith will honor St. Charles based businesses in the following categories: Service, Retail and Manufacturing/ Industrial.  In addition, the City will highlight a business for its commitment to Sustainability practices.
 
Mayor Faith will also present the Jack Heck Award to the company that best exemplifies the qualities of a former beloved City employee.  The company must demonstrate a commitment to faith, family and community.
 
At the same time, Chamber President  Scott Tate will present the award to the Small Business Person of the Year.  


St. Charles Continues Presence at ICSC
ICSC

Once again, the City of St. Charles will be present at the 2017 ICSC RECON Trade Show this coming May.  RECON is one of the the largest retail trade shows in the world and attended by leading retail brokers, developers and real estate executives.
 
"St. Charles has an established presence at the show which helps us to meet with a large number of decision makers," stated David Leezer, Director of Economic Development.  "We look forward to being a big part of this year's event."
 
The City will continue to undertake a two-fold strategy while at the trade show.  Staff will attend to support key allies like Cullinan Properties, The DESCO Group, American Commercial Realty and The Corporate Group while they work on prospective deals. City staff will also be working the numerous booths with the intent of attracting new retailers to St. Charles.



Sincerely,

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