2017 May Luncheon

"39 North Implementation - Creation of an Innovation District"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM Presentation

Description: The St. Louis region is rapidly emerging as a world leader in academic and corporateagtech research and innovation.  The 39 North Master Plan is a vision to create an innovation district in St. Louis County uniquely positioned to advance the region’s global leadership in plant sciences and agtech. The highest concentration of plant science PhD’s in the world, over 750, call the St. Louis region home. Highly skilled experts contribute to worldclass research institutions including the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and academic institutions including Washington University, St Louis University, and the University of Missouri St Louis. Leading multi-national corporations including Monsanto, Bunge, and Novus International have their headquarters in St. Louis and an increasing number of small and midsize businesses comprise a remarkable regional network of over 400 research and development agtech companies employing over 15,000 people.  The 39 North Master Plan is a result of a $500,000 federal innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and, developed by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and St. Louis County in partnership with the City of Creve Coeur, and the City of Olivette, to provide guidance on future development of the Plant Science Innovation District area near N. Lindbergh Boulevard and Olive Boulevard consisting of approximately 575 acres. 

Implementation of the plan, overseen by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, shall focus on connecting regional assets, improving mobility, creating development opportunities, and additional green space to enhance the region’s ability to grow, attract and retain companies and top talent.  The district lifestyle preferences often sought by highly-skilled employees include mixed retail, residential and office space connected by walking and biking trails and green space.  Given the proximity of 39 North to housing options, spacious recreational areas, street and trail network, neighborhood amenities, and commercial opportunities, together, the City of Olivette and Creve Couer may help realize the vision of 39 North for innovation growth.


Janet Wilding - St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Jason Jaggi - City of Creve Couer

Carlos Trejo - City of Olivette

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2017 April Luncheon

"Finding Connections in the Brownfield Marketplace"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM Presentation

 Description: Generally, brownfields are no longer a major barrier to redevelopment. Developers are typically well-versed in the process required to engage in these kinds of transactions. Most know how to secure the required environmental assessments, perform any required remediation, and secure the necessary certification for a desired property. Yet many brownfields still remain, typically in the more distressed communities where capacity to market brownfields properties is limited. Often these communities are unaware of, or are not familiar with, the process and as a result, are overlooked when developers are searching for new redevelopment opportunities.

Attracting private investment can prove a daunting task for any municipality struggling with the challenges associated with brownfield properties. For smaller, disadvantaged communities these challenges can become insurmountable as these communities often lack even the most basic resources necessary to promote brownfield redevelopment. In addition to the actual contamination of a property, the stigma alone can further reduce developer interest. 

Dr. Sarah L. Coffin, AICP will walk us through the local brownfield redevelopment process with an emphasis on preparing RFPs for potential developers. She will also preview the upcoming Fall 2017 St Louis Metropolitan Brownfields Marketplace, profiling what you will need to participate. Come hear how you can return previously underutilized properties back into productive use. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Coffin is an associate professor of urban planning and development in the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University. She has extensive background in developing information systems as decision tools.  Specifically, she has developed indicator projects used to promote brownfield redevelopment in distressed neighborhoods and a system for evaluating the efficacy and efficiency of development tools.  Her research interests include examining the impacts of brownfields, vacant properties, and more recently the impact of development incentives on weak market economies and whether new ways of framing the redevelopment question might provide positive benefits for distressed communities.  Dr. Coffin holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College.

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2017 Spring Workshop

Economic Development Outlook For St. Louis Region

Wednesday March 29, 2017
Forest Park Visitor's Center
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112

Sessions from 2 pm to 6 pm

Reception from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Sessions at the Forest Park Visitor's Center

The Keynote & Awards Reception at the Missouri History Museum


$75 for the whole day, $50 for the reception only


Workshop Schedule

2:00 PM

2:30 pm
“Regional Chamber’s Strategic Plan”
Jim Alexander, St. Louis Regional Chamber

“Navigating Change in a Suburban Community” 
Greg Prestemon, St. Charles County EDC Business & Community Partners

3:30 pm
1st Break

3:45 pm
“Southwestern Illinois – America’s Center of Transportation”
Ronda Sauget, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

“Q&A with Municipal Economic Developers”
Julie Powers, City of St. Peters
Libby Tucker, City of Chesterfield
David Leezer, St. Charles City
Andrea Riganti, City of University City
Julian Jacquin, City of Wildwood
Gary Carter, City of Clayton

4:45 pm
2nd Break

5:00 pm
“Transportation-Related Economic Development”
John Langa, Bi-State Development Agency

“Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy”
Bob Lewis, Development Strategies
Beth Quindry, Shockey Consulting

6:00 pm
Break for Reception

6:30 pm
Reception Start

Keynote from Wendy Timm, Enhanced Value Strategies, Inc.


8:30 pm

Keynote Speaker:  Wendy Timm of Colliers International & Enhanced Value Strategies

Wendy Timm (bio) will talk about issues the St. Louis region needs to address in order to compete with places that are prospering.  Her address will include the need for planning and economic development leadership, authentic regional branding, the zero growth and zero sum game, and moving away from fragmentation and parochialism.  She will also speak to the region’s core strengths and the talent and energy the region possesses.  Wendy will provide insights from her career in real estate development and serving on various planning and economic development boards while speaking to the economic development planning efforts being undertaken throughout the region.

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December 2016 Luncheon


Annual Holiday Luncheon!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Please join us on December 21st at Hollywood Casino for our annual holiday luncheon. 

Hollywood Casino

777 Casino Center Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043


Holiday Luncheon 2016

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