August 2015 Luncheon

Highland: The Gigabit City

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The City of Highland is the first Gigabit City in the region, offering residents and businesses incredibly high-speed internet services. Highland Communications Serivces, the City's municipally-owned telecommunications services company, provides the community with advanced fiber optic services, including gigabit capacity data, voice and video. Learn about the past, present and future of Gigabit services in Highland as both a quality of life amenity for residents and an asset for economic development.

Also, Michael Orlowski, Managing Principal and General Counsel at Aire Fiber, will speak about the St. Louis Regional Broadband Initiative ( 

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2015 June Picnic

FOOD TRUCKS - Business or Pleasure?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

- Cherish Patterson, 2 Girls 4 Wheels (member of the St. Louis Food Truck Association)
- Michael Zeek, AICP - City Planner, City of Maryland Heights
- Representative of the St. Louis County Department of Health

Come hear about the ins and outs of the food truck business from the 2 Girls 4 Wheels Food Truck (a member of the St. Louis Food Truck Association).  Cherish Patterson of 2 Girls 4 Wheels will discuss navigating local zoning and permitting requirements, daily site selection process, transportation issues, sanitation obstacles and menu choices.  The picnic will also feature discussions by Michael Zeek AICP (City Planner, City of Maryland Heights) regarding food trucks from a municipal standpoint and a representative of the St. Louis County Department of health to speak on their process for food truck permitting.

Lunch will also be provided by the 2 Girls 4 Wheels Food Truck!  Multiple selections (including vegetarian) will be available at the picnic. And the picnic is FREE TO MEMBERS!  Don't miss out!

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May 2015 Luncheon

Urban Agriculture at EarthDance Farm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The May lunch will be held at EarthDance Farm in Ferguson, MO. Molly Rockamann (Founding Director) and Suzanne Hart (Projects Coordinator) will discuss the educational programs at the farm as well as zoning and other code implications of operating a farm in a built-out community.

1.0 CM Credit Pending

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Healthy Cities + Policy Implications

How can cities and the buildings within them promote physical activity, health and equity in built environment?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Joyce Lee, co-author of the Active Design Guidelines which provides architects and urban design professionals with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, will discuss policy implications and health. She is applying the lessons learned in the Guidelines, LEED strategies, AIA’s Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design, and ULI’s Building for Wellness: The Business Case, to demonstrate how the successful strategies might be applied to Midwestern cities.

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) & National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

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