• Dave Peacock Talks Major League Soccer with the Missouri Public Affairs Network

    Mar 20, 2017

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted a Missouri Public Affairs Network meeting on Friday, March 10th, featuring SC STL executive committee member and former Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock.   SC STL is the potential ownership group for a Major League Soccer expansion team in St. Louis and is supporting Proposition 2, which would direct a use tax revenue stream towards a publicly owned and privately maintained stadium for soccer and other public events.  Proposition 2 will be on the ballot in the City of St. Louis on Tuesday, April 4th.  

    Dave Peacock speaks to MOPAN meeting

    Peacock explained that Proposition 2 is linked to Proposition 1 so the stadium revenue only passes if Prop 1 also passes. Proposition 1 provides funds for economic development, MetroLink expansion, public safety, jobs training, and neighborhood development.  Peacock noted the importance of having a public vote on large-scale economic development issues such as stadiums, acknowledging the important lessons from the Rams process. 

    Peacock told the story of how the ownership team came together, and how trust and personal relationships were essential to making it happen. He also stressed that this ownership group, unlike similar endeavors in the past, has a vested interest in the St. Louis region.  He talked about how “sports can galvanize a community like no other” and that this project is all about “creating jobs and building a better city.”  The ownership group is looking for $60 million in public funds to spur $255 million in private investment.  He spoke to the idea that the “national media narrative is negative” about St. Louis and that the city wants a win, and this would be a big win for the region.  As a contrast to his experience with the NFL, Dave said, “I can assure you, the [MLS] league wants to be here.”

  • Illinois Public Affairs Network Addresses Safety and Security in the Region

    Mar 02, 2017

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted the Illinois Public Affairs Network meeting on Friday, February 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville, Illinois.  Alonzo Byrd, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. addressed the audience about his role and company priorities at Enterprise for 2017. Byrd discussed topics from efforts to stop discriminatory rental car taxes to the sharing economy and how autonomous vehicles impact car rentals.   Enterprise has grown to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive car rental provider.

    Lt. Mike Hundelt, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, shared how they use multiple layers of security to ensure that all Metro passengers and operators stay safe. St. Clair County and uniformed police officers patrol Metro property and provide additional security and visibility throughout the system.  Undercover police officers are also used to monitor MetroLink and MetroBus services. Lt. Hundelt informed the group that crime is down in St. Clair County and encouraged members to consider MetroLink when commuting to and from the city.

    The IPAN meeting ended with a legislative update by Kevin Riggs, Managing Director of Dentons’ Public Law practice.

    Alonzo Byrd addresses the IPAN attendees as Lt. Mike Hundelt looks on