July 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

4th-of-JulyA Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

It’s officially summer and all of us at NCI want to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July.

Please consider attending the July 4th celebrations hosted by one of our North County communities!


North County Marketing Strategy-Community Engagement Meeting

NCI in collaboration with theGreater North County Chamber of Commerce,Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce and theNorthwest Chamber of Commerce hosted a North County Marketing Strategy-Community Engagement Meeting at the Workforce Solution Group office at SLCC’s Corporate College.

We want to thank those of you who participated and provided input on North County marketing strategies. We had a terrific turnout of over 70 people for the event and got some great feedback from participants. Thank for your continued support of our work towards a better North County.

Mark your Calendars

On Sunday, July 27, 2014 we are holding ourAnnual Anniversary Dinner, Wine Pairing and Silent Auction at Hendel’s Market Café and Piano Bar in Florissant. Theevent begins at 6pm with the silent auction and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. The cost is $85.00 per person. Reservations are required and space is limited to the first 80 paid registrations so RSVP quickly. For more information you can visit the event page or contact the NCI office. We are now accepting donations for the auction. Please call Mike at 314-895-6241 if you are able to help us out.

On Friday, September 26th NCI, along with media sponsors GTNN and Community News, will host the annual NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties event at Norwood Hills Country Club. The awards reception begins at 11:30am. We are currently seeking nominations for deserving candidates with the deadline for nominations being July 14. You can nominate online or for a printable form click here.

We have many sponsorship packages available for the event including NEW advertising packages that are available this year through the Community News. For more information on how to become a sponsor or to advertise in our event program you can go to the event webpage.

NCI SPOTLIGHT

Two of NCI’s Board Member’s City of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and City of Black Jack Mayor Norm McCourt were recently sworn in by NCI Board Member City of Florissant Mayor Schneider, former President of St. Louis County Municipal League, as new Board Members of the 2013/14 Municipal League. For full release click here.

Congrats to two of our member cities for receiving a St. Louis County Municipal League MUNI award at the annual dinner. The City of Black Jack was honored with the award for “Citizen Engagement” focusing on its efforts to keep the community informed through the city’s new interactive website as well as GTN TV. To read the full release please click hereThe City of Florissant was also honored for the innovation and implementation of its Park Police under the category of ‘public safety’. To read the complete press release click here.

Happy 75th Anniversary to the City of Florissant. It was on June 26th, 1939 that the Florissant Mayor Bangert and his City Council passed an ordinance and officially changed the name of the city from St. Ferdinand to Florissant. You can read the full release by clicking here. You can also watch Mayor Schneider’s interview about this historic event with Fox 2 news clicking here.

Kudos to NCI Board member Bob Cerame ofPaul Cerame Ford. He recently presented a $6,000 check to McCluer North High School of the Ferguson-Florissant School Districtthrough Ford’s “Drive One 4 UR School” program. The dealership partnered with parents, students and faculty members to put on the event. To read the full press release please click here.

I invite you to take a look at the new website for University Squarethat is now available at http://www.universitysquare-umsl.com. If you have any questions regarding this exciting initiative in the North County area please be sure to contact: Barbara Featherston, Real Estate Development Director, University Square/University of Missouri – St. Louis, at featherstonb@umsl.edu.

One of the regional organization that NCI works with throughout the year is East-West Gateway. They have just released their“Where We Stand Update on Transportation” comparing the most recent transportation metrics of the St. Louis region to those of 34 peer Metropolitan Statistical Areas. These peer regions are St. Louis’ domestic competition and provide a consistent yardstick to gauge “Where We Stand.” In June 2015, East-West Gateway will produce the St. Louis region’s next Long Range Transportation Plan (RTP) – Connected 2045. In the year leading up to the publication of the plan, the public will help set priorities that will guide how transportation funding is allocated in the region. Compared to the peer regions, St. Louis provides an extensive transportation network with roads and bridges that are in relatively good condition. This network facilitates economic development by providing businesses with low congestion, tremendous freight assets, and a re

liable system. The region does not provide as many transportation options as many of the peer regions, contributing to less accessibility and higher transportation costs for residents. The Where We Stand Update document on Transportation is available online atwww.ewgateway.org/pdffiles/newsletters/
WWS/WWS6EdNo8.pdf
. You can also view the staff presentation which provides key takeaways of the update made to the East-West Gateway Board of Directors at its June 25 meeting at www.ewgateway.org/pdffiles/library/presentations/2014-June-WWSUpd8.pdf .

MoDOT wants your opinion: Please take time to provide your thoughts and comments by July 3. The transportation projects and improvements listed athttp://www.modot.org/movingforward/Regions/StLouisRegion-MovingForward.htm#.U5tZWpihzfM.facebook represent the work of regional transportation partners and planning agencies from across the St. Louis region.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is required to produce this list prior to August 5, as set forth in the provisions of Constitutional Amendment 7 that will be on the August ballot. The commission will accept public comments through July 3. All public comments and the final projects list will be approved at the July 9 commission meeting. I encourage you to let them know your thoughts on this list of priority projects.

Welcome New NCI Members:

IronRock Capital Partners – Providing high impact funding to entrepreneurs, expanding businesses and developers.

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 1200
St. Louis, MO 63105
314.200.2626
http://ironrockcap.com/

Republic Services – Providing collection, recycling, and disposal services to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

13570 St. Charles Rock Rd.
Bridgeton, MO 63044
314.739.1919
www.republicservices.com

If you would like new information about membership please contact Mike at 314-895-6241.

President/CEO

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