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St. Charles is the 7th most livable small city in the U.S.
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2017 Annual Review


There is more than 136 Million SF of new commercial and industrial development happening in the City of St. Charles





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2018 Regional Investors Breakfast

STATE OF THE CITY
June 15, 2018 -  8:00 a.m.
J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at 
Lindenwood University
 






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Many economic experts are saying 2017 was a banner year for the United States in terms of business growth, employment and investment. While I can't speak for the entire nation, I can attest that 2017 was a GREAT year for the   City of St. Charles.
 
Sysco Foods led our industrial expansion with the completion of a new 20,000 square foot addition to their St. Charles facility. SSM Health demonstrated the health sector was also strong with the completion of their new $26 million, 55,700 square foot  Outpatient Center.
 
Education also helped drive our growth. Lindenwood University completed its 100,000 square foot library and academic center while the St. Charles School District broke ground on a new state-of-the-art early childhood center.
 
 
2017 also saw work being started on upgrading and improving our world class parks system and storm water system. The funding for this was approved by voters in 2016 through "Prop P".
 
Don't forget about the other infrastructure improvements such as Interstate 70 Interchange, a new water tower along Highway 94, along with street improvements on West Clay, Droste Road and Truman Boulevard.
 
These projects demonstrate the growth and vitality of the City of St. Charles. We are committed to improving our infrastructure system to serve our citizens for today and tomorrow.
 
If you are looking to relocate your business to a great community with a long term vision, then look no further than St. Charles, Missouri.
 
Because... "If it's happening, it's happening in St. Charles!"

Thank you,
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Mayor Sally Faith
St. Charles Joining Partners at Aerospace & Defense Suppliers Summit
The summit will provide an opportunity to network with key suppliers and providers.

 
The summit hosts over 850 companies from 40 nations, providing a unique opportunity to network with key OEM's, Tier 1 suppliers, subcontractors, and international service providers in the defense and aerospace sector.
 
"This is all part of our new outreach and recruiting effort identified by the MarksNelson study commissioned by the EDC Business & Community Partners," stated Leezer.  "With leading industries like LMI Aerospace, Patriot Machine, MasterClock, Eltek International Laboratories and Cutting Edge Optronics already calling St. Charles home, we have the natural assets in place to recruit more aerospace and defense companies here."
 
The program also includes a special first day program hosted by Boeing, presenting their outlook for its supply chain needs and business strategy. 


Independence Leadership Exchange Visits St. Charles
Mayor Faith greets Independence Mayor Eileen Weir

Over fifty (50) leaders from Independence, Missouri recently traveled to St. Charles to tour the community and find out more about New Town, Historic Main Street, Streets of St. Charles and OPO Startups. The program, called the Leadership Exchange, was developed by the Independence EDC (INEDC).
 
"Independence is a great community with a number of assets.  The goal of this program is to learn from similar communities that would further enhance the City and Region," stated Tom Lesnak, President of INEDC.
 
Independence leaders heard City presentations from Mayor Sally Faith, Maralee Britton, Director of the St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department and Joe Ward,  Director of the St. Charles Convention & Tourism Bureau. 
 
Additional speakers included New Town St. Charles Town Architect Tim Busse, Randy Schilling of the OPO Startups and Cheryl Graber who manages the CAPS program for St. Charles and Orchard Farm School District. 
 
"Touring New Town St. Charles was especially beneficial given the same developer is creating New Town Harmony in Independence.  This gave us a real vision of what to expect," Lesnak added.
 
St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith commended the group for their forward
The Independence Leadership Team toured St. Charles sights
thinking approach.
 
"I applaud Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and the leadership team for thinking differently to enhance their City.  I'm confident we learned just as much from them as they did from us."
 
The Leadership Exchange group consisted of representatives from city government, education, the Independence Chamber, private industries and local non-profit groups.


Ameristar, City Team up for Legislative Breakfast
 
In late January, the City of St. Charles and Ameristar teamed up to meet with St. Charles regional state legislators. The intention of the program, which began three years ago, is to discuss pending legislative issues and discuss ways to help advance legislation beneficial to the region.

"I look forward to these meetings every year, as they have grown and have provided great opportunities for us to work with our delegation towards common goals," stated Mayor Sally Faith.

"Ameristar is a proud partner of the community and is always eager to do what it can to help move it forward.," stated Ameristar GM and Executive Vice President Ward Shaw. "These meetings create an opportunity for open and honest dialogue which benefits all parties."


Nominate Your St. Charles Business for the 2018 Employer of the Year Award
2017 Employer of the Year Award Winners

Once again, the City of St. Charles is seeking nominations for the annual Employer of the Year Award.  
 
The program, conducted in partnership with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, recognizes both local individuals and businesses for their contribution to the City and the Region.

Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Manufacturing
  • Retailer
  • Service
  • 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
Awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, by Mayor Sally Faith. The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will also be honoring the Small Business Person of the Year, highlighting the personal and business contributions of a small business person.
 
To nominate a St. Charles business for Employer of the Year, please click here to download the nomination form and submit it to Susie King via email, fax, or regular mail.  Nominations are due by Friday, March 16th.


Small Biz Breakfast Highlights City's Strong Retention Effort
Kelly Hunsel, Public Liaison for the St. Charles Fire Department, answers a question about safety procedures

The City of St. Charles continued its successful retention partnership with the  Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce by hosting the first Small Business Breakfast for 2018.
 
David Leezer , Director of  Economic Development for the City of St. Charles, stated, "This was a program started nearly five years ago and has progressed into an effective outreach program.   R etention has always been a big part of our overall economic strategy and the Small Business Roundtable Breakfasts allows us to personally communicate with key stakeholders on issues they deem important."
 
"It also demonstrates the exceptional relationship we have with the Chamber," Leezer added.
 
Small businesses from throughout St. Charles attend the breakfast to discuss concerns while also gaining important updates from Mayor Sally Faith, along with representatives from our Police and Fire Departments.
 
If you are a small business in the City of St. Charles and are interested in attending one of these meetings, contact   Susie King at 636-949-3231.


Tyler Barteau, CAPS Student, New Economic Development Intern
 
Tyler Barteau  is the newest member of the City of St. Charles  Economic Development team serving as the department's intern. Tyler is a part of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS program, which helps students interested in business and entrepreneurship gain real world experience before pursuing their college career. The second semester of the program requires students to interview and achieve an internship.            .
 
Tyler shows passion in business entrepreneurship and is beginning the development of revolutionizing the business card industry. Using new technology to share information through an app, it will help gain new connections with potential partners.
 
During the semester, Tyler will be assisting the Economic Development Department in developing new cooperative programs, addressing the department's website and managing its data base program.
 
Currently a senior at St. Charles High School , Tyler plans to further his education after graduation at the Harrison College of Business at  Southeast Missouri State University.



Sincerely,

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