• Now Accepting 2018 Arcus Awards Nominations for St. Louis’ Top Leaders and Companies

    Oct 19, 2017

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Regional Chamber is now accepting nominations for the region’s top leaders and companies for its 5th Annual Arcus Awards. The Arcus Awards honor companies, organizations, and institutions who demonstrate exceptional commitment to leading the St. Louis region’s economic strengths and creating economic opportunities for our region. The Regional Chamber is accepting nominations now at www.arcusawards.com through Friday, November 27, 2017.

    Latin for “arch”, Arcus symbolizes the Gateway Arch, the unifying symbol of bold vision, partnership and progress for our bi-state region. For-profit businesses, start-ups, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and public entities that maintain a headquarters or substantial operations in the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area are eligible for nomination. The Academy Awards-style event will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

    The 2018 Arcus Awards are once again being presented by RubinBrown LLP.
    The Chamber and guests will recognize honorees in the following categories, which are based on the Chamber’s One Plan for Regional Prosperity:

    Ameren Corporate Citizen Award

    For enhancing the quality of life and making positive changes that impact St. Louisans across the social, cultural and economic spectrum through philanthropic giving, community involvement by employees, and/or partnerships with state and location governments.

    BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award

    For risk-taking, advancing an innovation, cutting-edge technology, or industry best practice that extends St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Health

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics
    For creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/ or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in this economic sector.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes or on-the-job training.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    For providing leadership through the launch or growth of a start-up company, contributions to forming early-stage capital, or supporting entrepreneurship training.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes a diverse and global workforce and increases opportunities for individuals and businesses.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that unites the public and private sectors to advance and secure policy necessary to make St. Louis a better place to live, work and invest.


    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. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, economic inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.

  • Illinois Public Affairs Network Brings Together Legislators and East St. Louis Leaders

    Jul 26, 2017

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted the Illinois Public Affairs Network on July 21, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville, Illinois with Edmond Brown, President of the Greater East St. Louis Business Development Association; Emeka Jackson-Hicks, Mayor East St. Louis, Illinois; Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-113); Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-114); and Rep. Marcus Evans (D-33). 

    East St. Louis leader Edmond Brown spoke on the formation of the Greater East St. Louis Business Development Association and the need for regional leaders to develop partnerships within East St. Louis to make the city an inclusive component of the region economically. Brown said their Chamber’s goals are to unite regional interests, nurture small businesses through education, and expand economic development efforts.

    Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks presented on economic development projects within the city of East St. Louis and the foundational work that has been done so far. Mayor Hicks discussed her administration’s goal to establish relationships on federal, state, local, public, and private levels and her intent to create a level of integrity throughout every department within the city of East St. Louis. Under Mayor Hick’s leadership, the city has held monthly town hall meetings, established weekly administration updates in the city newspaper, undergone efforts to stabilize and restructure leadership within all departments of city hall, pushed forward efforts to complete all city audits, and created an initiative called “Restoration of Hope” that aims to create greater civic engagement amongst citizens.

    Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman, chairman of the Labor and Commerce Committee, briefly spoke on the Illinois state legislature and passing a budget.  Illinois State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, a former East St. Louis city councilwoman, spoke on economic development efforts within the 114th district. She has adopted a “Buy American, Buy Local, Support Local Jobs” initiative championed by Rep. Hoffman that urges citizens to sustain, support, and create local jobs. Greenwood said she will also continue to look for ways to expand tax credits for working families and provide incentives to create jobs in Illinois.

    In closing, Rep. Marcus Evans, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, remarked on his work with the state legislature and the business community. Rep. Evans said his committee’s current priority is to regulate roads and bridges as well as look into better transportation options for those commuting in rural areas.

    Kevin Riggs, managing director at the Denton US, LLP, followed by moderating a question and answer section before adjourning.

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    Edmond Brown, President of Greater East St. Louis Business
    Development Association addresses the Illinois Public Affairs Network.

    (From left to right) Rep. Jay Hoffman, Rep. Latoya Greenwood, and Rep. Marcus Evans.