NCI eNews
November 2013

Rebecca Zoll
Rebecca Zoll

A Message from NCI President/CEO, Rebecca Zoll

NCI’s Board of Directors has endorsed Pattonville School District’s Tax Levy Proposition P. Please be sure to get out and vote on November 5th and support your local school district. Pattonville is seeking the increase in order to maintain and protect the quality of programs and staffing in the Pattonville School District by overcoming a potential operating budget deficit of $10 million.

Over the past year NCI has served on the Community Advisory Group for St. Louis County’s Northwest Parkway Corridor Study. This past week there was an extremely well attended public meeting on this Corridor Study. Be sure you are informed about the Northwest Parkway Study, a transportation project that is looking at creating an improved, more reliable connection between the residential areas of North St. Louis County and employment centers in the Earth City and Riverport areas. The existing link, consisting largely of two-lane roads in the Missouri River floodplain, is subject to unpredictable flood-related road closures. The closures cause unreliable travel conditions and traffic disruptions. 

The current project will identify a transportation alternative that will:

  • Eliminate flood-related detours between Charbonier Road and Earth City Expressway
  • Address capacity needs in northwestern St. Louis County
  • Enhance safety along St. Louis County roadways in the study area
  • Provide access to the economic opportunities within St. Louis County

St. Louis County has released their most recent “high-level, data driven” strategic plan Imagining Tomorrow. NCI’s board was given a presentation on the plan late in September by St. Louis County Planning Department’s Glen Powers and Lori Fiegel. At the board meeting St. Louis County representatives made the commitment to communicate and work closely with NCI as they begin implementation and work in the North County area. NCI’s leadership group is excited to move forward on strategies for North County to improve and increase our community’s quality of life. Recently, NCI Board Chair Ron McMullen, Vice-Chair Chief Mike Gantner, Secretary Dan Boyle, Executive Board members Dr. Mark Tranel, Carolyn Marty and I visited with St. Louis County Executive, Charlie Dooley, to discuss the plan and request his commitment that focus and funding be given to advancing North County and to increasing communication between St. Louis County and North County leaders. Please take a moment to look at the plan and provide your comments to St. Louis County.

After NCI linked St. Louis Economic Development Partnership staff with Christian Hospital’s president, Ron McMullen, late last year, we are happy to announce that plans are now underway by St. Louis County and the Partnership to establish a Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation to work on housing initiatives around the Spanish Lake Community. Some funding for this has been identified by the County and Christian Hospital. Be watching for more on this great news soon.

NCI has begun conversations to collaborate with other community stakeholders, including the Greater North County Chamber to explore the possibility of developing a long-term, sustainable marketing campaign to work on advancing the awareness around the positive benefits of our community. We are planning to hold a North County Marketing Strategy-Leadership Engagement planning meeting in December. Please watch for more information about this endeavor over the next month, as we will want our membership’s opinions on this matter.

Additionally, NCI recently partnered with Executive Board Member, Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer, president, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, to host the “Growing the Workforce in North County” meeting. This collaborative effort was to bring the business community and higher education leaders at the Community College together to discuss ideas and strategies around developing our future workforce and the programs already in place at the Florissant Valley campus to help ensure that our future workforce is relevant.

SAVE THE DATE: NCI’s Education work group, chaired by Patty Gould, School Business Director for Pattonville School District and Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District is busy working with our local public school superintendents and private school principals to provide a State of Primary Education in North County forum at lunchtime on January 31st at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. NCI is pleased to be able to collaborate with North County’s local Chambers of Commerce on this initiative. The goal of this initiative to provide information on the issues surrounding schools today as well as to inform our community more about the impressive programs they have in place that are designed specifically to get students prepared to enter our workforce. Reservations will be required for this member only event. Be watching for more information on this in December’s eNewsletter.

Another date you will want to mark in your calendar is NCI’s Annual Breakfast meeting. Get this on your calendar fast. It will be held on Friday, May 16 in 2014. Hope you all will be sure to plan on attending.

Dr. Rance Thomas

Congratulations to Dr. Rance Thomas, NCI Board member, cofounder and President of the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU), on being honored with the Christian Hospital Foundation’s Paul F. Detrick Legacy Leadership Award. The memorial Paul F. Detrick award is presented annually to a person with the vision to help the north St. Louis County area be all it can be. Dr. Thomas definitely deserves this honor.

Mayor Matt Robinson


Congratulations to Executive Board member, Mayor Matt Robinson, City of Hazelwood, on being elected recently to the Missouri Municipal League’s Board of Directors.

Mayor James Knowles III


Congratulations to Board member, Mayor James Knowles III, City of Ferguson, on earning the prestigious designation of Certified Municipal Official from the Missouri Municipal League’s Municipal Governance Institute.

Mayor Thomas Schneider


Congratulations to Board member, Mayor Thomas Schneider, City of Florissant, on receiving the designation of Certified Municipal Official by the Missouri Municipal League.


Danita Smith
My Blooming Health Mobile
11630 Helenoak Drive
Florissant, MO 63033
(314) 681-7645

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Christian Hospital offers different seminars and events for the community each month. Please click here for events in November.
Old Town Donuts is offering specials for the month of November. 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.
The Bridge at Florissant would like to invite you to their November events. For event dates, times and details, please click here..
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership invites you to join County Executive Charlie Dooley and Park officials at the Groundbreaking for the North County Pool on Wednesday, November 6th from 10 – 11 am. Ceremony will be at North County Recreation Complex, 2577 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO, 63136. The pool is slated to open Memorial Day, 2014.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery is presenting Over the Top for Tots – Fall into the Holidays on Friday, November 8th at The Columns in St. Charles. Luncheon, Shopping Boutique, Auction and Raffel starting at 10:30 am. For more information, please click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis as part of their Life Long Learning at UMSL is presenting Human Trafficking, a Challenge to Action on Friday, November 8th from 8 am – 12:30 pm at the J.C. Penney Conference Center. For details, please click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Touhill Performing Arts Center presents the following in November: Arianna string Quartet on Friday, November 8th, Sachiyo Ito & Company on Saturday, November 9th and Uprising on Friday/Saturday, November 15th & 16th at 8 pm and Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm. For more information and all events please visit
Spanish Lake Community Association invites you to experience Spanish Lake like never before and discover the treasures Spanish Lake has to offer by joining the Spanish Lake Amazing Quest on Saturday, November 9th from 11 am – 3 pm. This isn't just a scavenger hunt. It is a competitive and fun road rally adventure designed to entertain you while you explore the community. Points will be tallied and prizes awarded to the savviest teams. Don't wait to gather your team of 2-4 adults; preregister by November 2nd. Registration forms can be fund online at, or on Facebook For more information, call (314) 653-2719 or email
City of Florissant’s Veteran’s Day Parade will be on Sunday, November 10th beginning at 1 pm. The parade will be followed by a presentation of the Veteran of the Year Award. For more information, please click here.
Fort Bellefontaine American Legion Post 335 is co-sponsoring Veterans Day Program at the St. Louis Veterans Home on November 11th, beginning at 10 am. There will be food and refreshments after the ceremony. For more information, please click here.
East-West Gateway’s Annual Meeting Free morning sessions on OneSTL East-West Gateway Council of Governments is hosting its 48th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, downtown St. Louis, from Noon - 1:30 pm. on Friday, November 15th. This year, morning sessions will feature OneSTL, the recently completed plan that charts a course for the region and identifies opportunities for local governments and citizens to address challenges and opportunities to build a prosperous, healthy and vibrant future. Session 1 at 8:30 will provide an over-view of the plan and the Sustainable Solutions Toolkit. Session 2 at 10 will include break-out groups highlighting various parts of OneSTL. Register to attend the free morning sessions and/or the luncheon at The OneSTL Web site is
Challenger Learning Center is inviting you to help celebrate their 10th Anniversary on November 16th from 10 am to 5 pm. participate in a simulated space mission, airplane flight simulator, make and launch rockets, and more! All events are FREE, but reservations for the simulated space missions are required and can be made at:
Trinity Catholic High School is having their 2013 Fall Trivia on Saturday, November 30th at the Titan Gym. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, please click here.
Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is requesting you save the date of Friday, December 6th for Nite of Stars Holiday Gala. Event will be held at Christian Hospital’s Atrium beginning at 7 pm. For more information, please click here. For sponsorship information, please click here.
Ferguson Twilight Run for 2014 will May 17, 2014. For event details and sponsorship forms, please click here.
City of Ferguson’s Mayor James W. Knowles III has earned the prestigious designation of Certified Municipal Official from the Missouri Municipal League’s Municipal Governance Institute. Through his attendance at statewide and regional MGI sanctioned educational events, Mayor Knowles, has received training in subjects such as council meeting procedures, parliamentary procedures, the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Law, conflicts of interest, the State Ethics Law, duties of the mayor and council, tort liability, purchasing and bidding requirements, municipal revenues sources, personnel law, emergency management and budgeting. For more information, please click here.
City of Florissant’s Mayor Thomas P. Schneider on receiving the designation of Certified Municipal Official by the Missouri Municipal League. Mayor Schneider, who was first elected to Municipal office in 1979, has likely attended more State and County Municipal league meetings than any other active municipal official in the state, according to Dan Ross, Executive Director of the Missouri Municipal league. For more information, please click here.
Old Town Donuts’ Keith Took was honored on October 1st by District Governor Kate Schwadron, for achieving a four-time Paul Harris Fellowship! Congratulations Keith! Thank you for your many years of dedication and commitment to Rotary!

The Pattonville Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Mike Fulton are shown accepting the Missouri Outstanding Board of Education Award from Dr. Carter Ward, MSBA executive director. Shown are, from left, Ward, Ruth Petrov, Cindy Candler, Tami Hohenstein, Jeanne Schottmueller, Fulton, Bob Dillon, Ron Kuschel and Ralph Stahlhut.
Pattonville School District’s Board on earning 2013 Outstanding Board of Education for Governance, Leadership and Accountability by the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). To be eligible for the award, a district had to earn at least 12 out of 14 points on the state’s annual performance review (APR), which measures how well a district is performing against state standards related to academic achievement. Pattonville earned a perfect score (14 out of 14) in 2012 and 2013 on its APR. For more information, please click here.
Christian Hospital is opening to the public an EMT-B Course beginning January 7, 2014 through May 15, 2014. For cost and additional details, please click here.
City of Florissant welcomed “Great Day St. Louis” with co-host, Matt Chambers on October 11th. The remote broadcast was to promote the 16th Annual Fall Festival. For more information, please click here.
Hazelwood Employees Wear Cardinal Red to Support Needy Families – To celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals as the NLDS Champions and participants in this year’s World Series, Hazelwood’s full-time employees gained the privilege of wearing their Cardinal red by making a food donation to help area food banks like the T.E.A.M. Food Pantry, based in Florissant.
City of Hazelwood’s employees showed their Cardinals Spirit and Concern for the needy by having a dress down red day and food donation drive. For more information, please click here.
Emerson has acquired the Oklahoma manufacturing firm, Enardo LLC. Enardo is a manufacturer of safety and environmental control equipment for the oil and gas, petrochemical, wastewater, refining and other industries. For more information, please click here.
Favazza & Associates, LLC’s Mike Favazza has been named CFO of Missouri Sports Holdings and its family of professional sports franchises. For more information, please click here.
Ferguson-Florissant School District’s fifth-grade teacher at Combs Elementary School, Christine Ries, receives the 2013 Outstanding Elementary School Science Teacher of Missouri award from the Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM), a state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. For more information, please click here.
Ferguson-Florissant School District would like to remind residents that they have two, fully accredited child care development centers for children ages 2 – 5. Centers open full day, year round. For more information, please click here.
Ferguson-Florissant School District is hosting a program to help parents “Read from the Start.” Parents will receive free books and learn reading techniques to engage young children. A free program praised by parents and organizations across Missouri as innovative, valuable and transformational – in two, two-part sessions this November at the Ferguson-Florissant Administration Center in Florissant. For more information, please click here.
Hazelwood School District’s RJ Fentress, a senior at Hazelwood West High School, received first place and, a $1,000 cash prize, in the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s “2013 What’s Super About Public Schools” student video contest. For more information, please click here.
Hazelwood School District’s Russell Elementary School’s fourth-grade students take on the project of improving the school’s parking lot. For more information, please click here.
Jennings School District is committed to investing in their staff members and staff members are also further investing in students in tangible ways. The District Pledges to Open Staff Wellness and Teacher Supply Center. Staff Pledges to Support Student Scholarships. For more information, please click here.
Jennings School District held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for new turf field stadium as part of the District’s Homecoming festivities on October 12th. For more information, please click here.
Public Policy Research Center (UMSL) is hosting the 2nd Annual Public Ethics Conference on Thursday, November 14th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at Century Room, Millennium Student Center, UMSL North Campus. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley invites you to experience personal and professional growth by checking out their Fall class offerings. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis County needs volunteers for their 2014 Senior Citizens Income Tax program beginning in January, 2014. Training for all positions will be available in January and work beginning the end of January through mid-April, 2014. For more information, please click here.
St. Louis Crisis Nursery invites you to help by becoming a Holiday Angel. For ways to make the holidays happy for families in need, click here. For a response card, please click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis breaks ground on science building taking a big step forward in science education. The $32 million, four-story facility will house advanced, equipment-intensive teaching laboratories. For more information, please click here.
University of Missouri-St. Louis celebrates UMSL’s 50th Anniversary with Harbach’s “Jubilee Symphony.” Harbach wrote the Jubilee Symphony, her fifth, and it premiered at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. For more information, please click here.
White Auto Body recognized and celebrated, Johnny McCarthy, for 25 years of service. McCarthy is a Collision Repair Technician earning I-CAR’s Platinum Certification (Inter-Industry Conference on Collision Repair.) For more information, please click here.
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