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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 officials.

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 right.

The 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.
ROVERTOWN RAISE 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 capital.

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 Weekdays.
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 jpeterson@stlregionalchamber.com, or click here to apply.

The intern application deadline in May 11, 2015.
RECRUITMENT NOW OPEN FOR THE INITIATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM YEAR TEN (2015-2016)
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 growth.

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 nominated.

For additional information and a nomination form, please click here.

The nomination/application deadline ins May 15, 2015.
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.
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General Counsel
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AUTISM SPEAKS
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Autism research & advocacy organization
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Materials Acquisition
www.notwaste.com

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