St. Louis Regional Chamber News Archives 2012
August 2, 2012
Power outages, water main breaks and medical emergencies can disrupt a business’ daily operations. Disasters have the potential to cause workplaces to fold and schools to close. The American Red Cross developed the free, web-based Ready Rating™ Program to help businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies.
June 25, 2012
June 25, 2012, St. Louis – The St. Louis region welcomes a key new asset in its efforts to build a strong community of science and IT entrepreneurs and businesses. In rolling out the welcome mat at Helix Center Biotech Incubator, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis County Economic Council President & CEO Denny Coleman launched a new phase of the region’s biotech growth.
June 25, 2012
ST. LOUIS – June 25, 2012 – While the country was steeped in a recession, and unemployment almost doubled, the economic impact of St. Louis arts and culture increased by 4% to $582.3 million and employment in the sector grew by 14% to support 10,046 full-time equivalent jobs*, according to Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.
June 21, 2012
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) today announced that Rich Conner, superintendent of administration for Ameren Illinois’ Division V territory, has been named RCGA senior advisor on regional development, a newly-created position. Conner is on loan from Ameren and serves on the RCGA senior management team, reporting to RCGA President & Chief Executive Officer Joe Reagan. Conner’s appointment is effective today and he is based at the RCGA’s offices at One Metropolitan Square in downtown St. Louis.
June 13, 2012
West Plains, Mo. –Air Evac Lifeteam, a leading provider of air medical transportation to rural communities, today announced that it will open a new corporate headquarters building in O’Fallon, in St. Charles County, Missouri. This move is part of a major expansion of its facilities that will enhance the Company’s ability to deliver air medical transportation services throughout the country and position it for future growth. The move from West Plains, Missouri, will bring upwards of 120 employees to O’Fallon and is expected to begin this summer with the recruitment of as many as 70 new employees in a variety of operational areas.
June 13, 2012
In his recent story, "Why college graduates matter" (May 31) Tim Logan accurately reported that the economic vitality of a metropolitan area in today's knowledge economy is directly tied to the educational attainment of the region's workforce. According to CEOs for Cities data, every one percentage point increase in adult four-year college degree attainment adds an additional $763 to per-capita income per year. CEOs for Cities calls it the "talent dividend" and groups across our region are working to ensure that St. Louis and its citizens see that kind of payoff.
April 11, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals projected to again attract 3.1 million fans this season, the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) estimates that the economic impact of the 2012 Cardinal season on the St. Louis region will be approximately $322 million, according to a just-completed analysis conducted by the RCGA’s Chief Economist Ruth Sergenian.
March 22, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- The “Sweet 16” and “Elite 8” rounds of the NCAA Tournament are back in the Gateway City as Saint Louis University hosts the Midwest Regional. This marks SLU’s first time as a Regional host. The 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional, which starts Friday, March 23rd and runs through Sunday, March 25th, marks the fourth time in the past eight years that the NCAA’s Men’s Road to the Final Four has passed through St. Louis with post-season play.
March 15, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- The 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which start Thursday March 15th, and run through Saturday, March 17st, will bring both tangible and intangible benefits to the St. Louis region. In a just-concluded economic impact study conducted by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), Chief Economist Ruth Sergenian, notes, “The NCAA Wrestling Championships will have a projected overall economic impact on the St. Louis region of some $14.7 million, with an estimated $7.6 million in direct spending by visiting fans on admissions, concessions, hotels, meals and in-town travel, and an additional $7.1 million in indirect impact, as those dollars circulate through the St. Louis economy.”
February 19, 2012
Jim Weddle, Managing Partner of Edward Jones, and Danny Ludeman, CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors are co-chairing a new group, the Greater St. Louis Financial Forum, which includes more than two dozen regional CEOs and seeks to position the St. Louis region as a leading off-Wall Street financial center.
February 5, 2012
Joe Reagan is a busy man these days. The new president of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association, effective Wednesday, Reagan has been bouncing all week, from sit-downs with elected officials to soirees with the business community, where one person after another wants to say hi and bend his ear.