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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2017 February Luncheon

"What Planners Need to Know about the Building Code"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM Presentation


A panel of building code officials will discuss building code issues pertaining to planning and zoning, and they will take questions from the audience. 


The panel includes Steve Unser (Creve Coeur), Bart Alspaugh (Clayton), Jeff Center (Ellisville), and Dan Waldemer (St. Louis County). 

If you have questions you’d like to submit or items you’d like the panel to discuss, please send your suggestions to matt.brandmeyer@gmail.com. 

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2016 November Luncheon

Short-term Rental

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:30 AM Registration, Networking and Lunch Buffet
12:00 PM Presentation
Description: The practice of short-term/vacation rental of residential property has recently exploded in popularity and appears to be here to stay.  This program will discuss the challenges associated with defining and regulating the various types of short-term/vacation rentals, including: a review of St. Louis County and Maplewood municipal regulations of short-term rentals, efforts by the Missouri legislature to limit municipal regulations, and tips for drafting legislation that will comply with proposed state law.  Cindy Parnell and Anthony Traxler will focus on:

  1.  Introduction to short term rentals – different types of short-term rentals, what types of zoning/occupancy/building/business license regulations apply
  2. Maplewood’s ordinance and experiences with short-term rentals
  3. The state legislature bill introduced last term – potential impacts on ability to impose restrictions if is reintroduced, what restrictions would/would not pass muster


Anthony J. Traxler-City of Maplewood

Cynthia L. Parnell-Restovich & Associates, LLC



Read more: 2016 November Luncheon