|March 17, 2015
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REGIONAL BUSINESS LEADERS ENGAGE WITH GOV.
RAUNER, LAWMAKERS AT SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS DAY AT THE CAPITOL
The St. Louis Regional Chamber partnered with six
local chambers of commerce and the economic development
organization for St. Clair and Madison Counties to present
“Southwest Illinois Day at the Capitol” in
Springfield on March 11th. A delegation of over 30 Chamber
members, representing a broad cross-section of the region’s
employers and industries, met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner;
Senate President John Cullerton; Senate Minority Leader Christine
Radogno; and other legislative and executive leaders to highlight
regional priorities and strengthen relationships with key elected
St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe
Reagan underscored the diversity and geographic reach of the
group, noting that the shared agenda truly represented the
region’s priorities. He said the delegation from
Illinois’ second-largest metro region included
representatives from industries ranging from high-tech aerospace
and defense, to construction, legal services, and the healthcare
sector, demonstrating the importance of Southwest Illinois to the
state’s overall economy.
|(From left) St. Louis Regional Chamber Board
Member Edmond Brown, President & CEO of ELB Enterprises,
greets Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
||Illinois Senate President John
Cullerton stands with Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber President
& CEO Desiree Bennyhoff, far left; Collinsville Chamber
Executive Director Wendy Valenti; and RiverBend Growth
Association President Monica Bristow, far
coalition urged the Illinois General Assembly to focus on three
key issues during the 2015 legislative session: Supporting the
continued growth of Scott Air Force Base as one of the
region’s most important employers; improving budget
transparency and ensuring that Illinois’ vendors are paid
in a timely manner; and investment in transportation
infrastructure projects in the Southwestern Illinois area.
Highlights of the day included meetings with Senate
leadership, including President Cullerton; Majority Leader James
Clayborne; and Majority Caucus Whip William Haine; a conversation
with Representatives from the Southwestern Illinois area,
including Jay Hoffman; Dan Beiser; and Eddie Jackson; as well as
discussions with the regional Senate delegation, including Kyle
McCarter and Dave Luechtefeld.
The delegation also met with newly-appointed
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director
Jim Schultz, and Department of Employment Security Acting
Director Jeffrey Mays, along with Illinois Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO Todd Maisch.
The day was capped off by a reception at the Sangamo
Club featuring Gov. Rauner.
Participating local chambers of commerce included:
Greater Belleville; Collinsville; Edwardsville/Glen Carbon; the
RiverBend Communities; Southwestern Madison County; and the
Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.
SPOTLIGHTS KEY ROLE OF MISSOURI TECHNOLOGY CORP.
St. Louis startup RoverTown, which offers coupons and
deals to college students via its mobile app, has raised $875,000
from a group of investors that includes former Anheuser-Busch
President Dave Peacock, Tom Hillman of FTL Capital, and David
Karandish and Chris Sims of Answers. This private investment
matches funding provided by the Missouri Technology Corporation,
underscoring MTC’s critical role in helping to develop
Missouri’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Please click here
to read the Techli article about RoverTown.
SPRING ARCH GRANTS
GLOBAL STARTUP COMPETITION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31
The final application deadline for the Spring 2015
Arch Grants Global Startup Competition is March 31.
Arch Grants provides $50,000 equity-free cash and pro
bono support services to innovative startups willing to locate
their business in St. Louis. If you have a startup that needs
early-stage funding, mentorship, or legal advice, and if you want
to be a part of a thriving community of entrepreneurs, apply here
today to enter the competition.
Since 2012, Arch Grants has awarded over $3 million
to 55 startup businesses that were willing to call St. Louis
home. With the help of Arch Grants support services, these
companies have gone on to create over 220 jobs, generate over $13
million in revenue, and attract over $40 million in follow-on
KUDOS TO BETTER
WEEKDAYS FOUNDER AND CEO CHRIS MOTLEY ON WHITE HOUSE DEAL
The White House last week announced its new job
initiative, TechHire, which aims to empower 20 communities to get
into the technology workforce – and it will use St.
Louis-based Better Weekdays' platform to help job seekers find
these jobs. The White House said that over half a million of job
openings today are in fields like software development, network
administration and cybersecurity, many of which did not even
exist just a decade ago.
Better Weekdays founder and CEO Chris Motley said he
and his team are proud to partner with The White House on the
TechHire initiative to create pathways to better, high-paying
tech jobs. Please click here
to read the St. Louis American newspaper article about Better
HELP RETAIN TALENT
IN ST. LOUIS: URGE INTERNS TO JOIN THE STL ‘”I”
EXPERIENCE PROGRAM THIS SUMMER
Add value to your internship programming with the
STL “i” Experience Program. Interns discover St.
Louis, meet other interns and area professionals, network and
improve their professional soft skills with six free and uniquely
St. Louis experiences. The STL ‘”i” Experience
serves as a supplement to corporate internship programs.
Your junior level professionals are encouraged to
join us by serving as mentors and guest speakers.
For more information, please contact Jeri Peterson,
Program Manager, Talent, at email@example.com,
or click here
The intern application deadline in May 11, 2015.
OPEN FOR THE INITIATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM YEAR TEN
The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s leadership
program is designed to address the interests and challenges of
professionals of color as they work to develop and advance their
careers. The Initiative Fellows Program features a holistic
approach that creates a safe and stimulating environment for
participants to receive valuable feedback, self-reflect on the
feedback, acquire effective leadership strategies and build
relationships essential to their individual and collective
The leadership program is for mid- to senior-level
professionals of color. The Initiative Fellows Program
establishes a framework to enhance leadership capacity. The
program further refines leadership competencies through a
strategic curriculum and the sharing of wisdom and best
practices. This is a program for which a participant must be
For additional information and a nomination form,
please click here.
The nomination/application deadline ins May 15,
THE CASE FOR
CREATIVITY: A STUDY OF EMPLOYEE INNOVATION
As the world marketplace shifts from producer of products to
purveyor of knowledge, the case for creativity and innovation has
perhaps never been more imperative. Employee creativity plays a
key role in contemporary organizations looking to innovate and
adapt in an increasingly fast-paced, dynamic and
hyper-competitive global marketplace. The Regional Chamber has
partnered with a doctoral student at Webster University who is
conducting a study on employee creativity to uncover the personal
and contextual conditions that lead to innovation. To take part
in this study and receive a copy upon completion, please click here.
|new regional investors
Co-Founder & General Partner
Venture capital firm that invests in young
technology and life sciences companies
Global organization providing management
consulting, technology and outsourcing services
THE KOMAN GROUP
A fully integrated real estate developer and
owner, managing all aspects of a real estate investment from
inception to disposition
| new members
Kaitlin Busch, Manager, Field Development
Autism research & advocacy organization
MATERIALS LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF
ST. LOUIS LLC
Jack Murphy, Corporate Director of
Euylan Welch, Owner