• St. Louis Regional Chamber’s 182nd Annual Event Focuses On Bending The Trendlines For Economic Growth

    Oct 11, 2019

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber celebrated the St. Louis region’s momentum, collaboration and business engagement at its 182st Annual Event at the Chase Park Plaza on Thursday evening. The event focused on how collaboration, industry growth and talent attraction are starting to bend the trendlines in economic growth and regional investment. Regional Chamber also highlighted its priorities for the coming year – economic development, small business capacity development, workforce development collaboration and building on its successful legislative agenda. Missouri Governor Mike Parson spoke about how Missouri is on the move. Since 2018, Missouri has seen $3 billion in new investment and 13,000 new jobs. Missouri was the top state for international investment in 2018. 

    Joined over 700 business, community, & political leaders this evening at @STLRegChamber’s 182nd Annual Event this evening.

    From the @StLouisBlues & @Cardinals to investments from global companies like Bunge & Bayer, there are a lot of great things happening in St. Louis! pic.twitter.com/CuRA8nb7Xb

    The event featured STLMade, a regional campaign to let people know that the St. Louis region is where they can start up, stand out and stay thanks to our supportive business environment, ample opportunities, affordability and high-quality of life. In addition to the yearly results and geospatial announcement, the evening included a silent auction and multiple opportunities for participants to network with other regional leaders. The Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick strongly encouraged the Regional Chamber network and entire business community to embrace and use the positive regional narrative to help the St. Louis region compete more effectively with other regions like Nashville, Indianapolis and Louisville, as well as with larger cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas. Each attendee was given a thumb drive with STLMade resources to use in their recruitment and company marketing.

    At the event, leaders from St. Louis’ public and private sectors including AllianceSTL, the St. Louis Development Corporation, City of St. Louis, Saint Louis University and others also announced a new initiative to bolster the region’s rapidly growing geospatial sector and develop a strategic plan for the future. The initiative, called GeoFutures, will be guided by an advisory committee that features a broad and diverse group of leaders from the region’s public, business, civic, and academic sectors. This rapidly growing economic sector is already responsible for 27,000 jobs and nearly $5 billion in economic impact in the St. Louis region, but has the potential for significant growth. GeoFutures will work together to create a shared vision and align the efforts of many people and institutions towards the common goal of making St. Louis the nation’s geospatial center of excellence.

    Chulick highlighted some of the strong investment happening around the region, including the over $8 billion in new development happening along the central corridor, companies expanding in St. Louis, and St. Louis’ recent positive ranking in female and minority startups and small businesses. The Regional Chamber also announced its Project 250 initiative to help attract and connect college students from 250 miles around St. Louis through internship experiences and the upcoming Big College Life Event at America’s Center on October 24, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Regional Chamber Board Chairman and Thompson Coburn Partner Tom Minogue joined emcees Lern and Favazz from KSHE 95 and over 600 attendees. The program also featured local small business owners and recent college graduates sharing their experiences building their companies and careers in St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber team and AllianceSTL’s CEO Steve Johnson also presented updates on progress in the areas of business recruitment, diverse business capacity, workforce development collaboration and business advocacy. Highlights included:

    • The Regional Chamber had one of its most productive years in public policy, with significant wins in workforce development with Missouri’s Fast Track and One Start, increased investment in the region’s sports infrastructure, funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation, and capital infrastructure funding from both Missouri and Illinois.
    • So far in 2019, AllianceSTL has helped secure seven business recruitment expansion deals that resulted in over 800 new jobs, and $175 million in new capital investment for the St. Louis region.
    • The Regional Chamber’s Diverse Business Accelerator has entered its second year. As a result of completing the Regional Chamber’s DBA program, 50% of the first portfolio companies reported a 30% increase in monthly revenue.
    • The Regional Chamber hosted over 100 events for business networking and civic discussions. 
  • Heartland Dental Taps St. Louis for Its Next Non-Clinical Support Office

    Mar 29, 2019

    EFFINGHAM, Ill. – Heartland Dental, the nation’s largest dental support organization serving approximately 1,400 supported dentists across more than 900 dental offices, today announced the opening of a non-clinical support office in St. Louis. The new location is the third site for administrative support services in addition to its Effingham, Ill. headquarters and Indianapolis support office.

    “As our network of supported dentists grows, so must our infrastructure of support that is our tireless commitment to serve the needs of doctors and their dental office teams,” said Patrick Bauer, Heartland Dental President and CEO. “The St. Louis region has the right mix of central location, affordable real estate and talent to help Heartland Dental grow. We are grateful for the city’s warm welcome, and excited to bring jobs to the local economy.”

    The new St. Louis support office will be housed in the West Park II building, located at 12647 Olive Boulevard. The office will feature the desired amount of work space to accommodate both immediate and future positions.

    “Heartland Dental is a welcomed addition to Missouri,” said Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. “We’re thankful that they recognized Missouri’s business-friendly climate and hard-working people, and chose to invest and create jobs in Missouri. We look forward to building a partnership that supports their growth long into the future.”

    Heartland Dental has collaborated with Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate expert, to identify markets that offer ideal talent recruitment opportunities. Cushman & Wakefield assisted with the installation of the St. Louis support office, as well as the opening of Heartland Dental’s Indianapolis support office last year. 

    "This was an outstanding team effort by the Department of Economic Development, AllianceSTL, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Cushman & Wakefield, and Missouri Partnership to support Heartland Dental’s expansion in Missouri,” said Subash Alias, Interim CEO of Missouri Partnership. ”This is a great company, creating good-paying jobs, and investing in our state. It is a pleasure to welcome Heartland Dental to Missouri.”

    To learn more about Heartland Dental, click here.