April 2, 2014
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CONNECT AT T-REX TOMORROW EVENING, APRIL 3

T-REX invites you to its ‘open house’ tomorrow evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m.! It’s the fastest-growing incubator in the nation and a world-class venue providing the startup entrepreneur with low-cost and flexible enterprise space, while serving the St. Louis region with quality programming and an inspiring community. Located on the 7th floor at 911 Washington Ave., downtown, T-REX is home to Arch Grants; Capital Innovators; Cultivation Capital; iTEN; SixThirty and more than 50 startups.

There are T-REX alumni in the neighborhood, helping to revitalize downtown St. Louis into a hub for companies building something as gigantic as – well – a T. Rex!

Please join us for food, drinks and a tour of the new facility. Many thanks to Polsinelli for sponsoring the program tomorrow evening.

For reservations, please call the Regional Chamber at (314) 444-1147, or email connect@regionalchamber.com.

FORMATION OF REGIONAL FREIGHT DISTRICT TAKES STEP FORWARD TO BECOMING A REALITY

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments voted last week to move forward on creating a St. Louis Regional Freight District. The St. Louis Regional Chamber strongly supports this initiative.

A Regional Freight District would provide the region with greater ability to manage and plan for the projected increase in freight traffic and leverage potential job creation opportunities resulting from this increase. Specifically, the District would provide: regional strategic freight transportation planning; coordination of infrastructure investments; enhancements to the regional logistics network; monitoring transportation performance; investment in freight infrastructure; and managing the interaction of freight and land use.

Phase I of the Freight District initiative is to form a small study team that, by July 30, will identify tasks and milestones associated with developing a draft strategy (including vision, mission, and goals), organizing and conducting a stakeholder workshop, developing organization options and gaining consensus at a follow up workshop. The results of those workshops and a strategic action plan would then be presented to the East-West Gateway Board of Directors for its review.

For more information about the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s efforts in this area and about Logistics overall, please contact Regional Chamber Director of Logistics & Advanced Manufacturing Louis Copilevitz at (314) 444-1139, or email him at lcopilevitz@stlregionalchamber.com.

REGISTER TODAY FOR NEXT ‘FELLOWS’ PROGRAM

Recruitment is now open for the Fellows Program (year nine, which will begin this August. The Fellows program is a year-long leadership development program targeted to mid- to senior-level multicultural talent and establishes a framework to enhance leadership capacity through professional and leadership development, civic engagement and service and relationship building.

Please click here to access the recruitment packet.

The application deadline is May 16, 2014. For more information, please contact St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Program Manager Rosalind Reese at (314) 206-3224 or email her at rreese@stlregionalchamber.com.

SIGN UP FOR ST. LOUIS GREEN BUSINESS CHALLENGE

It’s not too late to register for the 2014 St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a business solution that delivers “triple-bottom line” results (financial, people and environmental) for your company.

A partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge provides engaging seminars and customized coaching to help your company implement growth-oriented sustainable business practices. This year, there are three Challenge tracks offered to Chamber members, a three-month Apprentice track, for small and mid-sized companies taking the first steps toward “going green” and the year-long Champions and Leaders Tracks which uses a comprehensive scorecard of strategies suited for your business operations.

An Award Ceremony in January will honor the companies who complete these tracks.

For more information on how to enroll, please access www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com or contact Regional Chamber Director of Business Solutions Eric Schneider at eschneider@stlregionalchamber.com.

The next meeting of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge is on April 9th. The Green Business Challenge teams will meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to learn about engaging employees, biodiversity, and clean transportation option for workplace commuting. This free meeting is open to all Chamber members interested in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. To RSVP, please click here to access the Chamber’s calendar of events page.

In addition, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, coordinated by the Regional Chamber and the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and supported by 19 building stakeholder organizations, will present a seminar on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free on-line tool that saves money through benchmarking of energy use. This seminar on Thursday, April 10, sponsored by Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas Co., will feature Michael Zatz, Chief of ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch, U.S. EPA, along with local business leaders explaining Portfolio Manager benefits, and information on energy efficiency incentives.

This seminar will also launch the St. Louis region’s 25 by 20 Voluntary Benchmarking Campaign to encourage building owners to reduce energy consumption by 25% by 2020. The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative will manage the campaign and provide recognition to participating buildings.

The April 10th seminar is free but registration is required at the U.S. Green Building Council –Missouri Gateway Chapter website at http://www.usgbc-mogateway.org/2014/03/mike-zatz-energy-star-portfolio-manager-overview/.

ST. LOUIS SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTED BY MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 SEASON LINEUP

The 17th season of the St. Louis Speaker Series presented by Maryville University will open at Powell Hall on October 7 with legendary actor Martin Sheen. The upcoming season also includes former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Pulitzer prize-winning historian David McCullough; journalists and co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali; theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The Regional Chamber is pleased to once again participate as a Speaker Series sponsor for the upcoming season, along with PNC Bank, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio. As members of the Regional Chamber, the Series has extended a special invitation to you to subscribe to the 2014-2015 series at a special 10% discount. The subscription includes all seven lectures.

To reserve your subscription(s), please call the Powell Hall Ticket Office at (314) 533-7888. Simply mention your Regional Chamber membership to receive the 10% discount.

MISSOURI BUSINESS LEADERS SPEAK OUT ON MEDICAID TRANSFORMATION

Last Friday some 200 business and community leaders gathered at the Danforth Plant Science Center for a seminar on Medicaid Transformation featuring Missouri business leaders Ward Klein, CEO of Energizer Holdings, Inc. and a member of the Regional Chamber Board; Bill Thompson, president & CEO of SSM Health Care; and Debbie Hart, owner of Housing Plus and vice chair of public affairs for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The panelists provided their perspectives on the staggering impact of federal funding cuts, and how Medicaid transformation would create jobs and economic growth throughout Missouri. The St. Louis Regional Chamber partnered with the St. Louis Business Journal to host the event.

The panelists provided fact-based business insights on the importance of Medicaid transformation, including:

  • Nearly 3 out of 4 uninsured Missourians are in a working family. On average, insured workers miss half as many work days as uninsured workers.
  • Currently, a single working mother of two can earn no more than $9.59 per DAY to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri.
  • 25 states have already expanded Medicaid or received waivers to expand their Medicaid programs, including several of Missouri’s border states: Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois.
  • Missouri’s hospitals will experience nearly $4 billion in funding cuts due to changes in federal programs from 2013 to 2019, whether Missouri adopts a Medicaid transformation plan or not.
  • Missouri will lose $2.2 billion in federal funding annually by 2022 if the state does not expand Medicaid.
  • Faced with significant funding cuts and no Medicaid expansion, Missouri hospitals have already eliminated nearly 1,000 jobs in the past six months.

St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan said, “Missouri businesses and citizens deserve to see their hard-earned federal tax dollars returned to Missouri to help provide health care for the most vulnerable in our state. Without Medicaid expansion, this funding will be sent to other states.”

The panelists also detailed some of the benefits associated with Medicaid transformation, including:

  • 22,000 jobs are projected to be created and sustained between 2015 and 2020, increasing labor income by more than $5 billion.
  • $11.1 billion in uncompensated care costs would be offset by 2019, substantially lessening cost-shifts to the business community.
  • An additional 300,000 low-income Missourians would be eligible for health care coverage.

During the panel discussion Ward Klein said, “Job creation has been the number one issue for most politicians. With the potential to create 20,000 jobs in Missouri, I don’t know how someone could run as a ‘pro-jobs’ candidate and be against Medicaid transformation.”

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events

Experience the Fastest Growing Incubator
@ T-REX

April 3, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm
T-REX
911 Washington, 7th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63101

Explore the New Ballpark Village
April 17, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm
Ballpark Village
601 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

How to Build a Brand and Engage Customers with Social Media:
Lisa Keller—Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Marisa Lather—Microgrid Solar
Ron Watermon—St. Louis Cardinals

April 23, 2014, 7:30-9:00 am
St. Louis Regional Chamber
211 N. Broadway, Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Test Your Racing Skills at Gateway Motorsports Park
May 8, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm
Gateway Motorsports Park
700 Raceway Blvd.
Madison, IL 62060

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: How Your Behavior Impacts Business Performance
May 21, 2014, 7:30-9:00 am
Psychological Associates
St. Louis Regional Chambe
211 N. Broadway, Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

A Father-Son Conversation on Entrepreneurship
Bob Lozano and Gabe Lozano
June 10, 2014, 11:30 am-1:00pm
St. Louis Regional Chamber
211 N. Broadway, Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

For further information and to register please contact Lori Meier at (314) 444-1147 or lmeier@stlregionalchamber.com