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
No later than Friday, February 13th at NOON
Lunch Menu - Select One:
All meals will include homemade Kettle Chips, cookie, apple/banana.