NCI eNews
January 2014

Rebecca Zoll
Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

Happy New Year!

2013 proved to be a very busy year and we are looking forward to a successful and prosperous 2014. Please view 2013’s Accomplishments to see NCI’s highlights for 2013. We are excited about working with our membership and regional partners in 2014 on the prosperous opportunities for North County and the challenges facing our community.

Chief Michael Gantner

NCI is pleased to announce that Chief Michael Gantner of the Black Jack Fire Protection District has been named Chair of the NCI Executive Board of Directors for the 2014. NCI would also like to thank outgoing Chair, Ron McMullen, for serving in that role in 2013. Ron McMullen commented, “Mike will be a superb NCI Chairman for 2014. He knows, understands, and promotes NCI’s mission of economic development for North County – and he knows the ins and outs of North County. He also has a good sense of humor – which will serve him and NCI well!” The other 2014 Officers will be Vice Chair, Dan Boyle, The Boyle Law Firm, LLC, and Municipal Judge for the City of Florissant, Treasurer, Fletcher Wells II, St. John’s Bank & Trust Co., and Secretary, Dr. Art McCoy II, Ferguson-Florissant School District.

We would also like to introduce the new members of the 2014 NCI Board of Directors. They are as follows: Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of the Jennings School District, Ms. Rosa Rue-Brown, a representative for the Spanish Lake Community Association, Mr. Robert Cerame, Paul Cerame Auto Group, Inc., Captain Troy Doyle, Commander of the North County Precinct for St. Louis County Police Dept., Ms. Rachel Giffhorn, General Manager of The Bridge at Florissant, Mr. Jim Guyre, Executive Director at Valley Industries, Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District, and Mr. Don Zykan, Chief Operating Officer at Meridian Waste.

For a complete list of our please see NCI 2014 Board of Directors.

Pictured from left to right, Councilman Dwayne James, Coucilman Tim Lee, Don Zykan, Mark Behlmann, Karen Pierre, John Shaw, and Carolyn Marty


Recently, North County Incorporated hosted an East-West Gateway Council of Governments forum to bring several of our community and civic leaders together for a public involvement focus group discussion to ensure quality engagement and interaction with all of the citizens in the St. Louis metropolitan area. East-West Gateway is a regional organization with the mission to recognize, analyze, and promote broad-based understanding of regional problems, issues, and opportunities; and to give special attention to the identification and assessment of emerging issues. We appreciate these leaders’ participation at this meeting: Mark Behlmann, Chancellor Tom George, Councilman Dwayne James, Councilman Tim Lee, Carolyn Marty, Karen Pierre, Mayor Tom Schneider, John Shaw, Fletcher Wells, and Don Zykan. East-West Gateway will be taking the ideas that were presented back to their leadership for evaluation. If you would like to provide your thoughts on how East-West Gateway please click here. I encourage you to take a couple minutes and participate in this opportunity to help this regional organization better understand the best way to communicate with North County.

The Missouri Department of Transportation, another regional organization that NCI works closely with is requesting your opinion on their “A Vision for Missouri’s Transportation Future” long-range plan. Based on input MoDOT received from Missourians across the State they developed four main goals: take care of the current transportation system, keep travelers safe, invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs, and give Missourians better transportation choices. Please take a look at the complete plan and provide MoDOT with your thoughts at

North County Inc. in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Marketing Strategy Meeting – Community Engagement Luncheon on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO in the Emerson Center building. This information gathering meeting will include lunch. Cost to attend is $12.00.

North County Legislative Reception event will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014. North County Incorporated, Regional Development Association, the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, and Northwest Chamber of Commerce will again co-sponsor this event. The Legislative Reception will start at 6 p.m. at Christian Hospital, Paul F. Detrick Building, Atrium Room, 11133 Dunn Road, St. Louis, MO (at the intersection of I-270 & Hwy. 367). This year’s Legislative Reception is a community, civic and business collaborative bringing to you one legislative agenda from the local leadership serving the North St. Louis County area and allowing you to meet with both business and community representatives for North County at one time, in one location.

NCI is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Mayor’s Shamrock Ball Benefiting the Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop on March 8, 2014 that will be held at the Garden Villas North. This has become a signature event in North County for Valley Industries and proceeds go to further the sheltered workshops mission to provide dignified meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities. Please submit the amount you would like to give below. For more information on how you can attend, sponsor or donate to Valley Industries please click here.

Another date you will want to mark in your calendar is NCI’s 37th Annual Breakfast meeting. Get this on your calendar fast. It will be held on Friday, May 16 in 2014 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Plan on attending and watch for more details as the date draws closer.

On May 17, 2014, Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County. In 2010, the race was a community event to encourage fitness and healthy living in a fun way. Now, it's a premier, family-friendly event for runners and walkers - still focused on fitness, fun and health. NCI is once again a proud sponsor of this event. For more information, go to


NCI 2013 30 Leader in their Thirties
Brandy Dudenhoeffer
(314) 440-8900

Village of Riverview
9699 Lilac Drive
Riverview, MO 63137
Phone: 314-868-0700

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I wish you the best holiday season for you and yours.


Christian Hospital offers many different programs for the community every month. For current monthly calendar items, please click here.
Old Town Donuts is offering specials for the month of January. For more information, please click here.
SSM DePaul
SSM DePaul Health Center offers many different seminars and events for the community each month. For more information about the events going on at SSM DePaul Health Center, please click here.
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley opens registration on January 2nd for their Continuing Education Program. For more information, please click here.
Incarnate Word Academy’s 2013 State Basketball Champions, will play Regis on January 9th at 5 pm. Join basketball fans from all over the state of Missouri at the Coaches vs. Cancer High School Shootout at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. For more information, please visit
SSM DePaul
SSM DePaul Health Center invites you to “Lose to Win” program. Kick-off is January 11th. Registration is required for this program. For full details, please click here.
Christian Hospital is beginning their “Just Lose It” program on January 18th. You must register for this program. For full details, please click here.
The Spanish Lake Community Association invites you to view the Eagles from the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge at Riverview Drive and I-270 on January 18th & 19th. There will be a live Eagle Education Program, Eagle Nest Replica, warming tent with children's projects, Louis & Clark Re-enactors. This program is put on by the Missouri Conservation Commission, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Trailnet.
City of Hazelwood will be hosting its 12th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. event on January 19th at the Civic Center beginning at 7pm. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis County Parks is co-sponsoring an event on January 25th with The Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park. They will host an Eagle Watch and Guided Hike at the park located at 13300 Bellefontaine Road, just 3 miles North of Highway 270. Again, we will have a live Eagle and birds of prey to view up close. Hike the park with a guide or take off on your own and earn a Fort Belle Fontaine Park Patch. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be available. This is your chance to see where Lewis & Clark and Zebuline Pike spent their first night on their tour of Discovery. Dress warm and bring your binoculars. For more information, please click here.
Metropolitan Sewer District has begun accepting applications for 2 open Board of Trustee positions. Applications are due by February 21st. For more information, please click here.
Valley Industries is hosting their 2014 Mayors’ Shamrock Ball on Saturday, March 8th. NCI is a proud sponsor of this event. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please click here.
The NCI Sponsored Ferguson Twilight Run will celebrate its 5th year as the only evening race in North St. Louis County on May 17, 2014. This is a family-friendly event for runners and walkers. Sponsorship packages are still available or for more information on how to participate click here.
Incarnate Word Academy juniors, Maria Meluso and Tori Sanders were chosen as finalists in the Annual Catholic Appeal Essay Contest. Both students received scholarship grants, which were awarded during a special ceremony with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on December 10, 2013!
Ritenour School District’s Buder Elementary School Art teacher, Michael Dragoni, earned a $67,992.50 Innovative Technology Education Grant. For the complete story, click here.
Ritenour School District’s Hoech Middle School Teacher, Brian Nikodym, was named the 2013 Missouri Gateway to Technology Teacher of the Year. For the complete story click here.
Riverview Gardens School District’s Highland Elementary’s third grade student, Jesse Dixon, was recently honored by Chief Joe Bommarito of the Riverview Fire Protection District for saving the life of his uncle. Dixon, notified school district administrators after noticing a smell of smoke emanating from his home when he arrived there after school. The third grader's quick response saved both the property and the life of a sleeping uncle who was inside the residence unfazed by smoke alarms. Dixon, received the award at a school assembly where the entire school, parents and fire fighters who responded to the call, praised him as a hero.
University of Missouri-St. Louis scientist, George Gokel, was named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow. For the complete story, click here.
Ameren Electric recently released information on a scam that started in South County and has recently spread into the North County Area. For more information, please click here.
Christian Hospital is looking for volunteers for weekend duty at the main lobby information desk on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. Candidates must be dependable and able to walk distances if needed to help escort visitors or locate wheelchairs. Computer experience is required. If you have any questions or want more details about this opportunity, please contact Lee Shields at 314-653-5032.
City of Florissant’s Mayor Thomas P. Schneider, appoints New Director of Human Resources to replace retiring Director, Chris Roth. For more information, please click here.
City of Florissant is proud to announce that Brite Worx Car Wash is coming to Florissant. It will be the first of its’ kind in the State of Missouri. For more information, please click here.
City of Florissant Police Department is proud to announce the formation of an innovative search and rescue program, Project Lifesaver that will help some of the cities more vulnerable citizens. For more information, please click here.

City of Hazelwood’s Fire Department is purchasing a new 2014 model AEV X-Series Type 1 ambulance for improved service to our community. The city will be trading in a 2004 F-450 ambulance and the replacement of this vehicle will provide citizens more reliable emergency medical response.

City of Hazelwood Firefighters’ Bike Donation Program Helps Needy Families During Holidays. For more information, please click here.
Marygrove will serve over 900 children in 2014 helping them move beyond the psychological burden of abuse, neglect and other early childhood traumas. Please consider making a donation to help these fragile children move toward a brighter future. A donation can be made at, or by contacting Kathryn at 314-830-6249 or For more information about Marygrove go to
MoDOT, The Missouri Department of Transportation has recently released its’ long range plan for Missouri on the Move. For more information, please click here.
Riverview Gardens School District announced their Model United Nations Team passed a UN Resolution. For more information, please click here.
Riverview Gardens School District’s High School juniors and seniors enrolled in the high school marketing education program and members of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), wowed business and community leaders at the November monthly meeting of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis Community College has begun offering space at the Corporate College for Meeting and Event Services. They are happy to help answer any questions that you might have for them. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership partnered with the St. Louis Mosaic Project to launch an Immigrant Networking Program; we become the first U.S. Metropolitan Area to leverage this successful referral program. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis County is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Senior Citizen Income Tax Program. For more information, please click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis had their groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science Learning Center Building on December 8th. For the complete story, click here.
White Auto Body made Christmas happen early this year for Denise Beasley of Ferguson, and Ana Alfonso-Waller of O’Fallon, Missouri. On Tuesday December 10, 2013, Steve and Valerie White presented the two local women with refurbished vehicles. For more information, please click here.
Workforce Solutions Group released a YouTube® video as well as a new blog post to showcase and promote the Meeting and Event Services at the Corporate College. To view please click on Workforce Solutions Corporate College Meeting or You Tube.

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