• Press Release: Inaugural Festival for College Students to Show the Best of St. Louis

    Jul 07, 2016


    Contact: David Messner

    (314) 444-1147


    ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Regional Chamber will host its first annual Show U St. Louis College Festival for the region’s college students on Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Poelker and Kaufman Parks east of Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis. This free event will be an opportunity for St. Louis area college students, particularly those new to St. Louis, to learn more about the many activities, cultural institutions, restaurants, neighborhoods, and nonprofits that make the region a great place not only to go to school but also to live, work, and play after graduation.

    Show U St. Louis is part of the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s focus on attracting and retaining college-educated young people who are the region’s next generation of talented workers. “Show U St. Louis will be a big welcome party with a purpose,” says Greg Laposa, Vice President Education Strategies at the Regional Chamber. “We kept hearing from students at Washington University, St. Louis University, Webster, and other schools that once they got off campus and got to know St. Louis a little better, they loved it. We want to make sure they get that chance to know our region.  The festival is a snapshot of what is available in terms of career opportunities, places to live, and ways to have fun and give back to the community.”

    The festival will be open to all students with a college ID from one of the region’s 47 two- and four-year colleges and universities. It will also feature live local performances by Mvstermind, Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor, ICE and DJ Sinamin. “Show U St. Louis will let college students have a great time and meet other students from around the region before they get deep into their studies,” says Laposa.

    The Chamber is still accepting applications from regional attractions and organizations interested in participating in the festival. Visit www.showustl.com for vendor and contact information. 

    Show U St. Louis

  • Illinois Public Affairs Network 2016 Session Wrap-Up with Senator Dave Luechtefeld

    Jun 23, 2016
    Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) provided his views on the 2016 Illinois legislative session to an audience of 30 Illinois Public Affairs Network members on Friday, June 17th at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville. 

    Senator Dave Luetchefeld address the June 2016 Illinois Public Affairs Network meeting

    Sen. Luechtefeld began the discussion by saying “Illinois has a debt that it cannot pay – it’s over the top - and that the State of Illinois is headed towards a disaster [that was] going to happen whether Bruce Rauner was governor or [not].” Citing the fact that a budget agreement tomorrow would still result in $7 billion in fiscal needs, the Senator emphasized his belief that the General Assembly must create a situation where people and businesses want to come to Illinois.

    The Senator also discussed the Illinois education crisis that has evolved from the budget situation. While the Senate passed legislation that would have produced $900 million new dollars for K-12 education, the House voted the bill down. Despite this bill being defeated, the Senator stated that he believes the Governor wants to see schools open on time and that an education budget will pass the General Assembly by July 1st.

    In closing, Sen. Luechtefeld detailed his belief that “Springfield is about power and how to keep it”. He went on to say that “Illinois now has a reputation that is hard to fix.  We are past the point of solving the problem by cutting [spending] and passing a tax [increase].” The Illinois fiscal year begins July 1st, and the Senator stated that the legislative working groups will continue meeting to reach an agreement with the Senate due to convene the last week of June.