April 2015 Luncheon

Is Your Community Ready for Economic Development

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Everyone says they want economic development, but is your municipality truly ready for it? In today’s competitive landscape, if your website, local regulations, and staff are not prepared, you’re probably losing out on leads without ever knowing you were in the running. How can your community be a better candidate? How can you get on the radar screen of more companies and site selectors? Can you follow through appropriately when someone makes an inquiry?

At the April Luncheon Jim Alexander of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Bob Lewis of Development Strategies will talk about what you can do to ensure your community is prepared for economic development.

Jim Alexander has been active in economic development since 1988. In that time, he has managed economic development projects in North America, Europe and Asia for companies large and small. Jim joined the St. Louis Regional Chamber in April 2003. In his role, Jim develops and leads business recruitment strategies and initiatives within the 15-county, bi-state St. Louis region. Jim and his team work closely with state, county and local economic development professionals to increase jobs and wealth throughout the St. Louis region.

Bob Lewis is both an urban planner and regional economist. His passion is evaluating the economic feasibility of development projects within the con-text of the city planning process. He was part of the team that created Development Strategies in 1988 after ten years with Team Four and two years with the St. Louis County Department of Planning. In greater St. Louis, he has led economic development strategic planning for the metro area as a whole and for several cities. He prepared the economic implementation strategies for the Downtown Now plan in 1999 and has been serving as economic adviser on the City-Arch-River 2015 project.

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:

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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:

  • House Salad with Champagne Dressing: Chilled romaine lettuce with sliced mushrooms, black olives, Parmesan cheese, croutons.
  • Chicken Salad Croissant: Chicken salad with grapes and crisp apples served on large croissant.
  • Club Croissant Sandwich: Thin sliced ham, smoked turkey and roast beef  with American cheese then topped with lettuce, tomato and bacon on a croissant.
  • Turkey Sandwich: Hickory smoked sliced turkey breast served with lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese and mayo.
  • Veggie Croissant: Vegetarian/Vegan option, fresh croissant with lots of crisp fresh veggies.  Italian dressing on the side.

All meals will include a cookie for dessert.

Click here to register.