2016 Spring Workshop

Greening Your City

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4657 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110

The 2016 St. Louis Metro Section spring workshop is about going green.

In a unique partnership, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden offers the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.  Businesses that take the Challenge self-evaluate and implement actions that are intended to optimize performance, cost-benefits, and engagement in line with each company's goals and culture. In 2015 the Challenge teamed up with OneSTL to pilot the Green Cities Challenge, a hybrid of program offerings designed to meet the needs of local governments.

Greening Your City is designed around the Green Cities Challenge.  Expert presenters in afternoon workshops will inform you about practical methods for implementing green practices in planning departments and other city agencies. Evening plenaries include a keynote presentation from Lynn Richards, President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism; a conversation with the cities that participated in the 2015 Green Cities Challenge; and the 2016 SLMS Awards Presentation.

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February 2016 Luncheon

Sign Regulations-Reed v. Town of Gilbert

Friday, February 19, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The topic for the February lunch will be on the Implications of the Supreme Court case Reed v. Town of Gilbert on Sign Regulations. In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, had violated the First Amendment by placing limits on the size of signs announcing church services. Daniel R. Mandelker, Professor of Law at Washington University and one of the country's leading scholars on land use law and sign regulations, will discuss what the outcome of this case means for municipal sign regulations. 

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January 2016 Luncheon

Immigration Growth within the St. Louis Region

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The St. Louis Metro Section of the APA proudly invites Vin Ko, Project Manager of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, to speak on immigration growth within the St. Louis Region.

Did you know, immigrants at 60% more likely to start a business and, on average, earn 25% more than an average American born? Vin Ko, Project Manager for St. Louis Mosaic Project will discuss ways in which the St. Louis Region will strive to be the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan area for immigration by 2020, including the Professional Connector Program, as well as challenges and opportunities for the region.

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November 2015 Luncheon

Outside the White Box

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Rehab of a historic building into a mixed-use development in Uptown Collinsville. Learn about how the City of Collinsville acquired a nuisance property and enabled its planning and redevelopment. The historic Apex Building will contain hospitality on the first floor (5,500 SF) and luxury lofts on the 2nd floor (5,500 SF). The City acquired the property through the code enforcement process and invested approximately $425,000 in environmental remediation and structural stability. The City sold the Apex Building to Main Street Developers for this exciting redevelopment. Opening spring 2016. 

Read more: November 2015 Luncheon