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September 2014 eNews

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August 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

BackToSchoolA Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the start of the new school year is upon us. We at NCI would like to wish all of our local member school districts and private schools a terrific 2014-15 school year!

To commemorate North County Incorporated’s (NCI) service to the community, NCI recently had a 37th Anniversary Dinner & Auction at Hendel’s Market Café & Piano Bar.  At a sold out event last Sunday more than 80 business, civic, and community leaders including Sen. Gina Walsh, Rep. Keith English, Rep. Jill Schupp, County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, and County Councilman Steve Stenger and Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant and Mayor Robert Doerr of Bellefontaine Neighbors enjoyed an elegant dinner with wine pairing and silent auction.

Thanks to NCI Board Member Chef Nathan Bennett, Owner at Hendel’s Market, and Catering Manager Christina Bennett (one of NCI’s past 30 Leaders in their Thirties honorees), and their amazing staff, guests had an evening that tickled their taste buds and pleased their palate! A nod also to: Classic Wines and their sommelier Ryan for the terrific pairings with each course and to NCI Board Member Karen McKay for “blinging” our auction items. And, a BIG THANKS to all of those who joined us or donated auction items for your support of this annual fundraiser.

PropS_sealsmallThe NCI Board of Directors has endorsed the Ferguson-Florissant School Districts Proposition S which will appear on the ballot August 5th. Please remember to get out and vote. You can view all the information on Proposition S via the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s website by clicking here.

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 have generous and affordable 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 HERE.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate someone for a 30 Leader award. The nominations have been submitted to the judges and our winners will be announced soon. Watch our Facebook page and www.NorthStLouisCounty.com for this announcement.

NCI SPOTLIGHT

Metro celebrated the ground breaking for its newNorth County Metro Transit Station in the City of Ferguson on Monday, July 21st. The new station will be located on the site of the old Mazda dealership on Pershall Road between W. Florissant Avenue and New Halls Ferry Road.

North St. Louis County makes up about 20 percent of Metro’s ridership and has the highest increase in ridership over the last 5 years. The transit center will have 10 bus bays, concession stands, a free parking lot and an indoor waiting area.

North County Inc.’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Mike Gantner, and board members, Dan Boyle, and FergusonMayor James Knowles were in attendance for the ceremony. NCI has actively supported the opening of this center so that the residents of North County will have improved public transportation services. It was exciting to witness the ground breaking. The transit center is expected to open in the fall of 2015.

WELCOME
Welcome to NCI’s newest Board Member Ruby Curry, who was recently appointed as Interim President for St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley.  Ruby has been with the college for the past 38 years.  She replaced Marcia Pfeiffer who retired in June.

Our Explore North St. Louis County website now has a new look! Check out the new and improved Explore site by clicking here. We are interested in your feedback so let us know what you think of the new look or if you see any North County asset missing that we should consider including.

Welcome New NCI Member:

Johnny Londoff Chevrolet
It is our goal here at Johnny Londoff Chevrolet to make sure that all of our customers are completely satisfied!

1375 Dunn Road
Florissant, MO 63031
Phone – 314-262-4526
Email – info@londoff.com

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


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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.

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June 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

From left to right; Back Row: Mayor Norm McCourt, Brian Goldman, Scott Negwer, NCI President Rebecca Zoll, Pete Hall, Lt. Jerry Fuesting Front Row: Dr. Grayling Tobias, Veronica Morrow-Reel, Dr. Jerry Dunn, Patty Gould, Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer

From left to right; Back Row: Mayor Norm McCourt, Brian Goldman, Scott Negwer, NCI President Rebecca Zoll, Pete Hall, Lt. Jerry Fuesting
Front Row: Dr. Grayling Tobias, Veronica Morrow-Reel, Dr. Jerry Dunn, Patty Gould, Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

 

Our Annual Breakfast event was a huge success this year. Our honorees shared the morning with 600+ business, civic, and community leaders from the North County area. We would like to thank all of you for attending and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

A special thanks to our regional partners who participated in this year’s program by sharing details on their partnership projects with NCI to benefit the community. Those individuals include:

  • Dr. Chris Kilbride of the Ritenour School District on Education in North County
  • Greg Horn of MoDOT on the I-270 Corridor Study
  • Betty Van Uum, University of Missouri- St. Louis and former Senator Rita Days, St. Louis County Board of Elections for discussing the Great Streets Initiative and University Square
  • Katherine Jamboretz, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership for providing insight on marketing campaign for North County.

We would also like to thank all of our event sponsors for supporting our 37th Annual Breakfast. Your support is much appreciated.

 

NCIBreakfastSponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
Metro
Bommarito Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen, Ford
Independent News
Kent Miller Photography
Hazelwood School District
Lindenwood University
Lutheran North High School
Negwer Materials
Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc.
Trinity Catholic High School
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Valley Industries
Workforce Solutions Group – St. Louis Community College

Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer and Ruby Curry

Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer and Ruby Curry

Congratulations to NCI Executive Board member Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer, President, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley on her retirement after 34 years of service at the College. She started at Florissant Valley in 1980 and has served as president for the last 12 years. Also a BIG WELCOME to Ruby Curry, who has been appointed interim president of Florissant Valley Community College. Curry has served the college in several different leadership roles for the past 38 years. We look forward to her continued leadership at this new level at the College and Ruby’s involvement with NCI.

calendarclipartMark your Calendars

NCI in collaboration with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Chamber of Commerce is hosting a North County Marketing Strategy-Community Engagement Meeting on Friday, June 20 from 11:30am – 2:30pm at the Workforce Solution Group office at SLCC’s Corporate College.

The cost to attend is $15.00 and includes lunch. Reservations and payment are due in advance and no walk-ups will be accepted. This event is open to members of NCI and our partner chambers. We are looking for your opinion so please join us to share your thoughts and ideas on how to make North County a better place.

For more information or a downloadable reservation form click here.

2014AnniversaryDinnerOn Sunday, July 27, 2014 we are holding our Anniversary Dinner, Wine Pairing and Silent Auction at Hendel’s Market Café and Piano Bar in Florissant. The event begins at 6pm with the silent auction and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. The cost of tickets 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.

30LeadersLGOn 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 formclick here.

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

EGWLogo-NewGifI would like to encourage NCI’s membership to please consider attending East-West Gateway’s final presentation of the Drafted Master Plan. The meeting will take place on June 4th from 6-8pm at the Center for Workforce Innovation on St. Louis Community College’s-Florissant Valley campus. East-West Gateway has revised its plan for 2014 as part of an on-going planning process designed to ensure continuous improvement in their efforts to maintain its strong commitment to public involvement. This is your last opportunity to offer input that will influence the final product. For more information go to www.ewgateway.org or click here.


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May 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

Be sure to mark your calendar for NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. This is NCI’s largest event of the year with nearly 600 business, civic and community leaders coming together to celebrate North County’s accomplishments.

There is still time to participate in the summer’s largest networking event in our community. There are limited sponsorship packages available and only 2 tables left so act quickly to ensure your organization doesn’t miss out on this opportunity.

Just want to attend? This is possible, as well for only $45.00 per person, reservations are required and only a few single seats remain available at this time. So call us quickly to reserve yours at 314-895-6241.

Considering joining these companies and organizations that support the work NCI is doing on behalf of the community by taking advantage the following very generous sponsorship packages:

 

NCIBreakfastSponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
Metro
Bommarito Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen, Ford
Independent News
Kent Miller Photography
Hazelwood School District
Lindenwood University
Lutheran North High School
Negwer Materials
Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc.
Trinity Catholic High School
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Valley Industries
Workforce Solutions Group – St. Louis Community College

For sponsorship and ticket information you can click here.

university_square2_818_460A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered on the UMSL campus April 17 for two celebrations, including NCI bard chair Chief Mike Gantner and I, NCI board member’s Kim Bakker, Mayor Patrick Green, Dr. Mark Tranel, and Bill Ray. The first was to launch University Square, a new economic development initiative with communities in the Normandy area and the second was to dedicate Metro’s latest Arts in Transit installation, a towering sculpture called “Changing Identities.”

University Square is a community development corporation and an urban redevelopment corporation that will facilitate the revitalization of the area bordered by St. Charles Rock Road, Interstate 170, Interstate 70 and Lucas and Hunt Road. I, along with NCI Board member Mayor Patrick Green, City of Normandy, Betty Van Uum, former NCI Board member Rita Days, St. Louis County Elections Board, Chris Krehmeyer, Beyond Housing serve on the Board of Directors for University Square. Start-up funding for this initiative has been provided by the St. Louis Port Authority and St. Louis County Economic Partnership.

The impetus for University Square began with the Great Streets–Natural Bridge Initiative. Construction begins this summer to transform Natural Bridge Road between Hanley and Lucas and Hunt Roads into a pedestrian friendly, landscaped boulevard. More than $14 million will be invested in reducing vehicular lanes from four to two, new lighting, on-street parking, along with landscaped medians, and a roundabout and plaza at the intersection of Florissant and Natural Bridge roads. Completion is scheduled for December 2015.

You can review the full event program by clicking here.

NCI is a proud supporter of University Square and on May 4th they are hosting an open house that will be your opportunity to visit and tour the many homes available for sale in the area. The event takes places from 1-4pm beginning at the Hunt House at 7717 Natural Bridge Road. More information is available by clicking here.

Congratulations to NCI Chairman of the Board, Chief Michael Gantner on being presented with the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award by the Old Jamestown Association. The presentation will take place at the Association’s Spring General Meeting on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30.

NCI is a proud supporter of East-West Gateway and they are inviting the public to comment on their new Public Involvement Plan. East-West Gateway has revised its plan for 2014 as part of an on-going planning process designed to ensure continuous improvement in East-West Gateway’s efforts to maintain its strong commitment to public involvement. For more information go to www.ewgateway.org; the comment period ends on May 19.


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April 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

Be sure to mark your calendar for NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. It is not too late to become a sponsor for this event. You can find all of the information on our website at here. This is NCI’s largest event of the year with nearly 600 business, civic and community leaders coming together to celebrate North County’s accomplishments. To be a part of this exciting event and attend the summer’s largest networking event for our community be sure to get your sponsorships in soon. Individual tickets for the event are also available. The cost is $45.00 per person and reservations are required.

By taking advantage of one of NCI’s Annual Breakfast Sponsorship Packages you can join these companies and organizations that already have chosen to support the work NCI is doing on behalf of the community.

BreakfastSponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
Bommarito of Hazelwood
Independent News
Kent Miller Photography
Hazelwood School District
Lindenwood University
Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc.
Trinity Catholic High School
Valley Industries
Workforce Solutions Group – St. Louis Community College

HazelwoodSDCongratulations to Hazelwood School District Superintendent Dr. Grayling Tobias, NCI Executive Board Member, along with three of his staff members for being honored by the Special School District for their work and commitment to special education. The honorees were recognized during the 2014 Special School District Salutes Banquet with the “Special Ambassador Award”, the highest recognition given by SSD to its affiliates.

SSMDePaul2009Congrats to SSM DePaul Health Center and NCI Executive Member Sean Hogan, President of SSM DePaul Heath Center and and Kim Bakker, Director of Community Affairs for SSM Neurosciences Institute at DePaul Health Center (NSI) being certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center –the first and only in St. Louis County. This certification means that DePaul provides the highest level of care for stroke patients, as recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information click here.

GreatStreetsRecently Our Town published a story about the Great Streets Natural Bridge Initiative and the transportation improvements being planned along the Natural Bridge Corridor. NCI has been a proud partner in the Study process for these improvements, along with the City of Normandy, UMSL, East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG), and St. Louis County the past few years. The Study was completed by NCI member CH2MHill. Once the Great Streets Natural Bridge Corridor Study had been completed, MoDOT took charge of this project, and it is now under their leadership. The construction will begin this summer with a planned completion date in the fall 2015. The multi-modal plans will increase safety, especially for pedestrian traffic by using “traffic calming” and beautification techniques. This will create a positive energy within the community, improving the business climate and spurring economic growth potential. You can read the full story on the great work being done by clicking here. You can also find more details about the plan itself at http://www.ewgateway.org/nb/.

 

UNIVERSITY-SQUARENorth County Inc. is also proud to be partnered with University of Missouri – St. Louis and the City of Normandy as we launch the Great Streets Natural Bridge Urban Redevelopment Corporation on April 17 for the new University Square area along Natural Bridge. As the Great Streets Natural Bridge project becomes a reality, University Square has been created to foster and promote economic development in the area. A big welcome to their Executive Director, Dick Shepard and their Director of Real Estate Development Barb Featherston. The launch will also coincide with the dedication and unveiling of METRO’s Arts in Transit installation of Catherine Magel’s sculpture, “Changing Identities”. We invite you to join us at 10 am at the UMSL South Metro Station for the celebration. For more information on this event please click here.

I am also pleased to be serving on the Great Streets West Florissant Initiative’s Community Advisory Committee. There will be a Community Workshop today at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley. The event is being held at the Center for Workforce Innovation from 6pm to 8pm. I encourage you to attend and provide input regarding how to improve streets, sidewalks, shopping, housing and transit along West Florissant Avenue. For more information on the workshop, the project or to take the online survey you can click here.


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March 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

 

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

2014 is already proving to be a very active and exciting year.

 

NCI in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce is hosting our Annual North County Legislative Reception this month; as usual we are expecting a full house. A big THANK YOU to Christian Hospital for generously providing their wonderful Atrium Room at the Detrick Building, along with lots of great food and drink. The St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, again this year, helped us out with our invitations. The support of both of these NCI members in making the reception possible is very much appreciated. At the reception, Workforce Solutions at St. Louis Community College’s Ann Brand will provide a brief update on the Partnership’s legislative priorities. NCI and the North County area Chambers represent more than 1,000 business, civic and community members. For a copy of our 2014 North County Legislative Agenda please go to our website at www.NorthStLouisCounty.com. I would like to thank the area Chambers for their participation again this year.

You will want to mark your calendar for NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Tickets for the event are available now and cost $45 per individual. We are currently looking for award nominations and sponsors for the event. You can find all of the information on our website at www.NorthStlouisCounty.com. This is NCI’s largest event of the year with nearly 600 business, civic and community leaders coming together to celebrate North County’s accomplishments. To be a part of this exciting event and not miss out on the summer’s largest networking event for our community be sure to get your sponsorships in soon.

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!

As always we are seeking business development, community development, public service and leadership award nominations. Please think about who you could nominate to be honored with one of our prestigious recognition awards. For details on criteria and to see who has been honored in the past click here. The deadline to nominate someone is Thursday, March 17, 2014.

Please be advised that the North County Incorporated (NCI) Board of Directors, in February, voted to support the transfer of jurisdiction oversight of the West Lake Landfill to the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). Transferring the jurisdiction oversight to FUSRAP will allow experts in this area to assess the site, provide action plans for the containment or remediation, and long-term management of the site. We have sent letters to our legislators respectfully requesting their support in this matter. A full press release can be accessed here.

I want to congratulate NCI board member Mayor Tom Schneider and the City of Florissant for offering a unique new housing program for potential home buyers. The program will match their down payment on the purchase of a home within the Florissant city limits up to $6,000. This Homeownership Assistance Program is a forgivable loan after 5 years of residency in the home. They also offer assistance to improve the home, as well. You can visit the City of Florissant’s website or click here for more information on this program and how to take advantage of the loan or call Carol O’Mara. North County is already a terrific place to call home and this program will make it a little easier for some to purchase the home of their dreams. If you are aware of other housing programs that are offered to purchase homes in our area, be sure to let us know here at NCI and I will happily mention them our eNewsletter.

NCI LOGO Proudly Sponsors!
On May 17, 2014, Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County. Check out all the different ways to participate in this family friendly event at www.fergtwilightrun.com. Now is the time to get registered!

If you are a regular reader of the NCI you know that for several years we have been participating with MoDOT on studies looking at needed improvements along the I-270 Corridor. MoDOT would like your input and is hosting a public open house event on Tuesday, March 18th at the Hazelwood Civic Center East at 4:30pm as part of the Interstate 270 North Environmental Assessment. The event is free and open to the entire community. Click here for more information or click here for the flyer. I encourage all of you as investors in the North County community and provide your feedback.

As part of our joint Legislative Agenda with area Chambers, North County Inc. has taken a position in support of Medicaid Reform. Here is a quick take on the economics around this issue:

Expanding Medicaid in Missouri will be paid with federal funds completely for the first 3 years so FY2014, FY2015 and FY2016. According to a new report from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) expansion of Medicaid eligibility for adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) is expected to result in the creation of 23, 868 jobs, $9.9 billion in new wages, and $14.6 billion in new Gross State Product (GSP) from 2015-2022. Expansion would also generate $402 million in new state general revenue from 2015 to 2022, including $53 in new general revenue in 2015 alone.

In 2015 alone, the State will save $77.3 million and will see a net positive impact of $94.2 million dollars in general revenue. Even when the state match is at its highest at 10%, the state will still see a positive impact on general revenue of $73 million dollars and will be saving about $33 million a year. Every day we do not expand Medicaid we lose out on these savings and $5 million a day goes to other states that chose to expand last year. Our tax dollars are being sent to other States.

MERIC’s study can be found at www.missourieconomy.org/medicaidreport.pdf.

Expanding Medicaid means an additional 300,000 Missourians will have access to health care and an addition 35,000 in St. Louis County.

Please consider calling on our State Legislature and expressing your concerns regarding this critical issue for the State of Missouri and our local community. Contact information can be found at http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/SenateRoster.htm for the Senate and at http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx for the house.


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February 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

2014 has gotten off to a great start. We have many exciting events planned for this year and are working diligently to make them all a rousing success.

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Mark Your Calendars! NCI, in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, and Northwest Chamber of Commerce will host our Annual North County Legislative Reception at Christian Hospital on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. This is a free event, but space is limited and reservations are required. You must be a member of all or one of the organizations mentioned above to attend. Call NCI at (314) 895-6241 to reserve a seat.

Mayor Thomas Schneider

Mayor Thomas Schneider

Congrat’s to NCI Board Member Mayor Schneider on the City of Florissant being recognized by national online real estate site MOTOVO as the #1 small city to retire to in the United States.

T.R. Carr

T.R. Carr

 

Congratulations to NCI Board Member T.R. Carr on his unanimous appointment to the St. Louis County Police Board.

 

Another date you will want to mark in your calendar is NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast. It will be held on Friday, May 16 in 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Plan on attending and watch for more details as the date draws closer.

 

ONLY A FEW TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

ShamrockBallLogo2012NCI is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Mayor’s Shamrock Ball on March 8, 2014 at Garden Villas North benefiting Valley Industries. This has become a signature event in North County for Valley Industries and proceeds go to further the sheltered mission to provide dignified meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities. For more information on how you can attend, sponsor or donate to Valley Industries please click here.

FTR_Logo2014On May 17, 2014, Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County. This is a premier, family-friendly event for runners and walkers – still focused on fitness, fun and health. NCI is once again a proud sponsor. For more information, go to www.fergtwilightrun.com.

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January 2014 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

HappyNewYearHappy New Year!

2013 proved to be a very busy year and we are looking forward to a successful and prosperous 2014. Please view 2013’s Accomplishments to see NCI’s highlights for 2013. We are excited about working with our membership and regional partners in 2014 on the prosperous opportunities for North County and the challenges facing our community.

Chief Michael Gantner

Chief Michael Gantner

NCI is pleased to announce that Chief Michael Gantner of the Black Jack Fire Protection District has been named Chair of the NCI Executive Board of Directors for the 2014. NCI would also like to thank outgoing Chair, Ron McMullen, for serving in that role in 2013. Ron McMullen commented, “Mike will be a superb NCI Chairman for 2014. He knows, understands, and promotes NCI’s mission of economic development for North County – and he knows the ins and outs of North County. He also has a good sense of humor – which will serve him and NCI well!” The other 2014 Officers will be Vice Chair, Dan Boyle, The Boyle Law Firm, LLC, and Municipal Judge for the City of Florissant, Treasurer, Fletcher Wells II, St. John’s Bank & Trust Co., and Secretary, Dr. Art McCoy II, Ferguson-Florissant School District.

We would also like to introduce the new members of the 2014 NCI Board of Directors. They are as follows: Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of the Jennings School District, Ms. Rosa Rue-Brown, a representative for the Spanish Lake Community Association, Mr. Robert Cerame, Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc., Captain Troy Doyle, Commander of the North County Precinct for St. Louis County Police Dept., Ms. Rachel Giffhorn, General Manager of The Bridge at Florissant, Mr. Jim Guyre, Executive Director at Valley Industries, Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District, and Mr. Don Zykan, Chief Operating Officer at Meridian Waste.

For a complete list of our please see NCI 2014 Board of Directors.

EastWestGateway

Pictured from left to right, Councilman Dwayne James, Coucilman Tim Lee, Don Zykan, Mark Behlmann, Karen Pierre, John Shaw, and Carolyn Marty

Pictured from left to right, Councilman Dwayne James, Coucilman Tim Lee, Don Zykan, Mark Behlmann, Karen Pierre, John Shaw, and Carolyn Marty

Recently, North County Incorporated hosted an East-West Gateway Council of Governments forum to bring several of our community and civic leaders together for a public involvement focus group discussion to ensure quality engagement and interaction with all of the citizens in the St. Louis metropolitan area. East-West Gateway is a regional organization with the mission to recognize, analyze, and promote broad-based understanding of regional problems, issues, and opportunities; and to give special attention to the identification and assessment of emerging issues. We appreciate these leaders’ participation at this meeting: Mark Behlmann, Chancellor Tom George, Councilman Dwayne James, Councilman Tim Lee, Carolyn Marty, Karen Pierre, Mayor Tom Schneider, John Shaw, Fletcher Wells, and Don Zykan. East-West Gateway will be taking the ideas that were presented back to their leadership for evaluation. If you would like to provide your thoughts on how East-West Gateway please click here. I encourage you to take a couple minutes and participate in this opportunity to help this regional organization better understand the best way to communicate with North County.

MoDOTThe Missouri Department of Transportation, another regional organization that NCI works closely with is requesting your opinion on their “A Vision for Missouri’s Transportation Future” long-range plan. Based on input MoDOT received from Missourians across the State they developed four main goals: take care of the current transportation system, keep travelers safe, invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs, and give Missourians better transportation choices. Please take a look at the complete plan and provide MoDOT with your thoughts at onthemove@modot.mo.gov.

calendarrNorth County Inc. in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Marketing Strategy Meeting – Community Engagement Luncheon on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO in the Emerson Center building. This information gathering meeting will include lunch. Cost to attend is $12.00.

North County Legislative Reception event will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014. North County Incorporated, Regional Development Association, the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, and Northwest Chamber of Commerce will again co-sponsor this event. The Legislative Reception will start at 6 p.m. at Christian Hospital, Paul F. Detrick Building, Atrium Room, 11133 Dunn Road, St. Louis, MO (at the intersection of I-270 & Hwy. 367). This year’s Legislative Reception is a community, civic and business collaborative bringing to you one legislative agenda from the local leadership serving the North St. Louis County area and allowing you to meet with both business and community representatives for North County at one time, in one location.

NCI is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Mayor’s Shamrock Ball Benefiting the Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop on March 8, 2014 that will be held at the Garden Villas North. This has become a signature event in North County for Valley Industries and proceeds go to further the sheltered workshops mission to provide dignified meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities. Please submit the amount you would like to give below. For more information on how you can attend, sponsor or donate to Valley Industries please click here.

Another date you will want to mark in your calendar is NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast meeting. Get this on your calendar fast. It will be held on Friday, May 16 in 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Plan on attending and watch for more details as the date draws closer.

On May 17, 2014, Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County. In 2010, the race was a community event to encourage fitness and healthy living in a fun way. Now, it’s a premier, family-friendly event for runners and walkers – still focused on fitness, fun and health. NCI is once again a proud sponsor of this event. For more information, go to www.fergtwilightrun.com.

WELCOME NEW NCI MEMBERS for 2014!

NCI 2013 30 Leader in their Thirties
Brandy Dudenhoeffer
(314) 440-8900
BrandySellsStL@gmail.com

Village of Riverview
9699 Lilac Drive
Riverview, MO 63137
Phone: 314-868-0700

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I wish you the best holiday season for you and yours.


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December 2013 eNews

Rebecca Zoll

Rebecca Zoll

tree_ornaments_5_happyA Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

The holiday season approaches; a festive time for celebration and cheer. I encourage you to please shop local and support your local businesses as you look for that perfect gift for family and friends this holiday season. Keeping dollars in our community helps strengthen our local economy. This season is also a perfect time to reflect on the accomplishments of this past year and continue to grow into the upcoming year. NCI achieved so much in 2013 and has opened communication with many individuals to continue working on building a stronger community in 2014.

2014 DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW

NCI is a once again the proud sponsor of Valley Industries Mayors’ Shamrock Ball, taking place on March 8, 2014 and The City Ferguson’s Twilight Run/Walk, to take place on May 17, 2014. Please click on the links to learn more about sponsorships, tickets and registration. I encourage you to consider getting involved with these two events in the North County community.

NCI’s Annual Breakfast’s date is set for May 16th at 7:30 am. Also be watching for the date of the North County Legislative Reception which will be announced in the January eNewsletter.

WELCOME NEW NCI MEMBERS for 2014!

Don Zykan
Meridian Waste Services LLC

13524 Northwest Industrial Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
314-227-7017
DZykan@MeridianWaste.com
www.MeridianWaste.com

Ms. Christine Shoaf
A 2013 – 30 Leader Award Winner
cshoaf99@yahoo.com

Mr. David Arledge
A 2013 – 30 Leader Award Winner
darledge@rgsd.k12.mo

Dr. Katy Chambers
A 2013 – 30 Leader Award Winner
Kchambers@hazelwoodschools.org

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I wish you the best holiday season for you and yours.


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