February 2015 Luncheon

St. Louis Regional Centers of Commerce

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The topic for the February lunch will be Regional Centers of Commerce. Downtown St. Louis used to be the only major hub of commercial activity in the metro area. All roads led to downtown where there were jobs of all sorts, including manufacturing. It’s where retail was concentrated, where government was concentrated, where offices were concentrated. And a great deal of housing. But changing land use patterns and transportation networks enabled other parts of the region to develop significant hubs of their own in the last several decades. 

To give local APA members an inside view of one of the region’s centers of the commerce, the lunch will be hosted at America's Central Port. A representative of the port will be present to give a rundown of its activities and impact. Not only does the port operate riverfront commerce, it owns and leases 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space, 70,000 sq ft of office space, and 150 apartments. The port has an overall economic impact of $280 million annually.

Bob Lewis and Jill Mead of Development Strategies will address the various sizes, locations, and purposes of metro area hubs using overlay GIS maps in order to demonstrate how we still rely on hubs of certain activities—there are just a lot more of them.Tentative Panelists include:

America's Central Port
1635 West First Street
Granite City, IL 62040

11:30 - 12:00 Registration
12:00 - 1:00   Lunch & Presentation


Members:  $15
Non-Members:  $18
Students:  $10

Registration Deadline:
No later than Friday, February 13th at NOON

Lunch Menu - Select One:

  • Ham & Cheddar Sandwich: Served on a croissant.
  • Turkey Wrap: Turkey, romaine lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, and Provel cheese with roasted garlic aioli.
  • Tuna Salad: Gluten free option, served on a bed of spinach.
  • Fresh Strawberry Salad: Vegetarian/Vegan option, with mixed greens with fresh veggies, strawberries and almonds served with a strawberry poppy dressing.

All meals will include homemade Kettle Chips, cookie, apple/banana.

Click here to register.