May 2016 Luncheon

Great Rivers Greenway

Friday, May 20, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

In celebration of National Bike Month, Mark Vogl and Elizabeth Simons of Great Rivers Greenway will give an update on the expanding network of multi-modal greenways that are connecting the St. Louis region. Great Rivers Greenway is the regional parks and trails district created in 2000 by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, and is charged with building a network of greenways that let us all explore our rivers, parks and communities. More than just a trail, each greenway is unique with neighborhoods, businesses, parks and rivers to explore. Mark and Elizabeth will speak about the 2016 update to the Regional Plan as well as projects in partnership with municipalities, agencies, non-profits and residents to make St. Louis a more bicycle-friendly region.


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April 2016 Luncheon

Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Karen Berry-Elbert, MSW is the manager of the St. Louis region’s only Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, or NORC. St. Louis NORC is a non-sectarian program that supports the healthy aging of adults 65+ in their own homes by providing opportunities for meaningful community involvement and increased access to support services. Managed by Jewish Federation, St. Louis NORC operates within a three-mile service neighborhood in the Creve Coeur area.  In 2011, St. Louis NORC opened its on-site programming (health and wellness, educational, cultural workshops, and bus outings) to anyone in the 65+ age group who has an interest in learning, meeting new people, and exploring some of the cultural institutions in our community.

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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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