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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.fergtwilightrun.com.
WELCOME NEW NCI MEMBERS for 2014!
NCI 2013 30 Leader in their Thirties
Village of Riverview
9699 Lilac Drive
Riverview, MO 63137
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I wish you the best holiday season for you and yours.