• St. Louis Regional Chamber Partnering with LouFest to Present LouFest U Third Annual St. Louis Regional College Festival

    Aug 31, 2018

    LouFest U blogThe St. Louis Regional Chamber is partnering with the producers of LouFest to create LouFest U, a free festival for the St. Louis region’s college students, on Friday, September 7, 2018, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event will kick-off the LouFest festival weekend, taking place on the Upper Muny Grounds and Festival Plaza in Forest Park. LouFest U is free to all students with a college ID or valid university email address. This event will feature live music from LouFest indie-pop headliner Quinn XCII plus local speakers, nonprofits and food vendors from across the region. Employers from some of the region’s top companies including Express Scripts, Enterprise, Edward Jones, Nestle Purina, and Bi-State Development Agency will also be present to share internships and career opportunities.

    Greg Laposa, the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Vice President, Education Strategies, says LouFest U aims to show the wealth of resources in St. Louis for students and young professionals. “LouFest U is an opportunity to showcase the amazing places and culture St. Louis offers, as well as the jobs that are waiting for college grads. And we want them to stay - talent is one of the top reasons businesses move to or expand in our region. Developing, attracting and retaining talent is how we will better compete for jobs and business growth.”

    Laposa also says the college festival will help students connect to one another as well as to regional assets, creating a greater sense of community and civic pride. The Regional Chamber has found that college students who become more engaged in the local community are more likely to seek employment and stay in the St. Louis region after graduation. The St. Louis region was recently ranked #3 among the Top Cities for Recent College Grads by ZipRecruiter.

    LouFest was founded in 2010 and has become one of the city’s largest summer events, attracting visitors from across the country who enjoy the diversity of music, food and art in historic Forest Park. “LouFest is the perfect partner for the St. Louis companies and organizations to reach college and university students,” says Valerie Patton, Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Talent Attraction at the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “St. Louis has so much to offer these graduates and getting everyone together in this festival atmosphere will be educational, rewarding and fun.”

    More information about LouFest U is available at

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. The Chamber is the leading private sector economic development organization serving the 15+ county bi-state metropolitan area and the region’s largest and most diverse business organization. Its 1,000+ members employ nearly 30% of the region’s workforce. Economic prosperity – jobs, income, education, population, economic mobility, company growth - for the regional community is our uniting cause.

    About LouFest
    LouFest was founded in 2010 and will be celebrating its nineth year in St. Louis’ Forest Park. With steady growth in attendance each year, the multi-day festival continues as one of the city’s largest summer events. Featuring past acts such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chris Stapleton, LCD Soundsystem, Outkast, The Avett Brothers, The Killers, Billy Idol, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, and Ludacris, the festival attracts a diverse variety of music acts and genres, spanning rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, soul, funk, alt-country, folk, and jam. In addition to the music experience, LouFest highlights top restaurants in its Nosh Pit food court, as well as local retailers and artists in its Market Square, and a dedicated LouKidz zone for young music fans.

    The festival works closely with Forest Park Forever, Gateway Greening and Metro, to create a sustainable, green footprint that reduces the carbon emissions of attendees while caring for the beauty of Forest Park.

    Tickets are available through loufest.com. 1-Day tickets remain $60 and 2-Day tickets remain $95, inclusive of all fees. VIP tickets are $350 to the LouFest VIP lounge with complimentary beer, wine, and specialty libations all day, catered food servings, air conditioned restrooms and more. Platinum VIP are $750 and offer concierge treatment with golf cart transportation, dedicated entrance, exclusive Platinum viewing areas and premium food and drink selections.

    About Listen Live Entertainment
    Listen Live Entertainment (LLE) is a St. Louis-based production company that was created in 2009 to produce LouFest, a multiday music festival held in Forest Park. Now in its ninth year, the festival has welcomed over 200,000 music fans to Forest Park, and has received multiple awards and honors, including being voted as St. Louis’ “Best Music Festival” seven years in a row. Listen Live is owned and operated by a team of music and event industry professionals from St. Louis. The LLE team remains committed to its mission to build LouFest into a nationally recognized destination music festival featuring the best of St. Louis music, food, arts and culture all set in the heart of the city, Forest Park.

  • St. Louis Designated as a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation

    May 31, 2018

    Talent hub web banner_500xWe at the St. Louis Regional Chamber know that one of the surest paths to personal economic prosperity and regional workforce preparedness is through increased educational attainment. That is why we are excited to join St. Louis Graduates, along with five regional higher education partners, in an initiative to increase postsecondary attainment in the St. Louis region.

    The Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation have designated St. Louis as one of seven Talent Hub communities in the nation. St. Louis has been recognized for setting rigorous standards to create an environment that attracts, retains, and cultivates talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households. Each Talent Hub focuses intensively on raising the nation’s overall post-high school attainment level to 60 percent of working-age adults by 2025. Each community designated as a Talent Hub will receive $275,000 in grant funding over 31 months. Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and education leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with Kresge.

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is joined in its Talent Hub work by St. Louis Graduates, its partner in the Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment, along with St. Louis Community Foundation, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for St. Louis Graduates. The five higher education institutions are partners in the St. Louis Talent Hub are Maryville University, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), University of Central Missouri (UCM), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and Webster University.

    The Talent Hub work builds on the research in Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations, a report commissioned by St. Louis Graduates and published in 2016. It includes efforts to build out campus-based institutional student supports among five higher education partners and to foster replication of effective practice through a new learning institute engaging postsecondary professionals across Missouri.

    The initiative also advances core strategies of the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment – a shared postsecondary agenda to increase postsecondary attainment in the St. Louis region. The work of the Talent Hub is aligned to specific objectives called out in the Commitment that are focused on making college more accessible, improving institutional policy and practice to support more students in completing postsecondary credentials, and expanding internship opportunities.

    “We are excited to participate in an effort with St. Louis Graduates and higher education institutions to advance core strategies of the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment – our shared postsecondary agenda aligned to the goal of increasing educational attainment and building the kind of talent base our region needs to thrive and prosper,” said St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick. “This broad cross-sector collaboration aligning to a shared goal of postsecondary equity is what our region needs. It is what winning looks like for St. Louis. We appreciate the Lumina and Kresge foundations for recognizing the great work underway in our community and for committing resources to support key strategies that will make a critical difference.”

    St. Louis’ newfound status as a Talent Hub is one of many steps we and our partners are taking to make the region a welcoming place to live, work, and learn for all residents. Not only will increased education attainment improve the quality of life for people in the region, but it will ensure a strong workforce ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow. We look forward to the work ahead.

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