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NCI wishes you a safe and happy holiday season filled with family and friends.

North St. Louis County Businesses Win Big Idea Pitch Competition
Three small companies get cash to help grow
Three North St. Louis County businesses received $10,000 each after winning the Big Idea Pitch business plan contest organized by North County Inc. in partnership with the Regional Business Council and St. Louis Community Foundation and funded by the U.S. Bank Foundation and the Reinvest North County Fund. READ PRESS RELEASE

NCI & RBC-Neighborhood Champions for Area Businesses ‘Shop North County Day’ encourages residents to shop local
As the movement to shop local continues to grow, the North County Inc., Regional Development Association (NCI) and the Regional Business Council (RBC) are encouraging consumers to shop small and support the local businesses this holiday season in Dellwood, Ferguson and Jennings. With the support of American Express, a founding partner of Small Business Saturday, NCI and RBC were acknowledged as Neighborhood Champions for Shop North County Day on Saturday, November 28, 2015. READ PRESS RELEASE

Robin Shively, owner Corners Frameshop & Gallery in Ferguson

Paul Simon owner Paw Purfect Pet Salon with Rebecca Zoll, North County Incorporated

Judges and winners and NCI staff: front row, left to right (seated) Joshura Davis, Best Insurance Agency, Robin Shively, Corners Frameshop & Gallery, Paul Simon Crosby, Paw Purfect Pet Salon SECOND ROW, left to right: Rebecca Zoll, North County Incorporated, Crystal Carter, U.S. Bank, Jacqueline Shultz, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Lillie Dumas, Commerce Bank, David Reed, St. Louis Outlet Mall, Eric Schneider, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Evan Maxwell, North County Incorporated


Mark Your 2016 Calendar for these NCI Events

  • 39th Annual Leadership Breakfast - May 13, 2016
  • Anniversary Elegant Dinner & Wine Pairing & Silent Auction - July 17, 2016
  • NCI Golf Tournament - September 9, 2016
  • NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties - Date TBD

Welcome New Members

  • eLittle Communications Group
  • Enterprise Holdings


The City of Florissant Parks and Recreation Department Ice Skating Rink will be open extra hours during the holiday season. The Rink will be open between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the following dates: December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; January 18; February 15. MORE INFO
Normandy School Collaborative's Normandy High School will be visited by basketball stars from near and far on their 82nd annual Holiday Invitational Tournament Dec. 26-29. The basketball tournament will feature local and regional high school teams from basketball powerhouses like Chicago Farragut, Gateway and Normandy High. A total of 16 teams are participating in the tournament including McCluer South Berkeley, St. Louis Home School, Carnahan, Sumner, Roosevelt, Confluence, McKinley, Metro, St Louis Blue Knights, Orchard Farms, Chicago Tilden, and Melrose from Tennessee. MORE INFO
The City of Florissant Parks and Recreation will hold an Open House for some of their fitness classes and programs on Sunday January 3, 2016 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. This is an opportunity to come up and meet the instructors and learn more about different programs offered. Instructors will be there offering demos of their classes and be there to answer any questions. Demos will be offered for Aikido, Aquacize, Dance, Deep & Shallow Water Aerobics, Deep Water Running, Judo, Slimnastics, Yoga and Zumba. For questions please contact either Ryan Harrison at or at 921-4250 or Kelly Snider at or at 839-7670.
The City of Florissant will be holding a Snowman Building Contest. From November 1st to February 14th, anytime it snows build a snowman. Pick up an application, or visit our website, email a digital photo to, or send your picture with your child’s name, address, phone number and age to: Attn: Snowman Contest, JFK Community Center, 315 Howdershell Rd. Florissant, Missouri 63031.

Steve Robbins, CFP will be presenting a free class and dinner event "Are You Making These 10 Mistakes That Could Derail Your Retirement?" on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Complimentary meal will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will be displaying children’s artwork at the Crisis Nursery’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Show: “Ferguson Children’s Art” on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Crisis Nursery’s Centene location on 1928 Gravois Avenue from 3-5 p.m. on the third floor. Special guest at the event will be local author, Rosalyn Madden. Snacks and tours of the Nursery will be provided. The event is free. MORE INFO

Steve Robbins, CFP will be presenting a free class and dinner event "Boeing Employees: Do You Take It…Or Leave It? How to decide which pension option is right for you" on Thursday, January 28 at 4:00pm at the Robbins Conference Center at 325 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Complimentary meal will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP online or contact Lisa at (314) 839-4600 or

St. Louis School-Business Partnership will be holding their Annual “Connecting With Your Future Workforce” Workshop on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at St. Louis Community Corporate College. The Corporate College is located at 3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044. ONLINE REGISTRATION

Jennings School District will be holding The Friends of Jennings School District Scholarship & Awards Gala on Friday, April 1 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Please save the date. Sponsorship packages are available. EVENT FLYER
Christian Hospital Foundation will be holding their 2016 Golf Outing on Monday, May 16 at Norwood Hills Country Club. The event will feature TWO 18 hole championship courses.

Photo features Melanie Sims, Talor Williams, and Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler

Photo presents Nashia Coffie standing left of Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Detective Kim Tihen, Chief Jeremy Ihler, and surrounded by her family
The City of Bellefontaine Neighbors have presented the Chief's Citizen Citation Awards to Talor Williams and Nashia Coffie. Both young people gave assistance to the Police Department without regard to their personal welfare in recent incidents. READ THEIR STORIES HERE
The Federation of Catholic Schools Northeast Deanery freshman students at Incarnate Word Academy had the opportunity to nominate a teacher from their elementary school who made a positive impact on their lives.  Congratulations to the following teachers for this special recognition: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Mrs. Joanne Sextro; Christ Light of the Nations - Mrs. Jane Zappia, Mrs. Whitney Compas, Mrs. Karen Dafflitto; Sacred Heart - Florissant - Mrs. Vicki Muellhaupt, Ms. Josie Zeugin; St. Norbert - Mrs. Christine Lightner; St. Rose Philippine Duchesne - Ms. Rose Sigears, Mrs. Debbie Davis. PRESS RELEASE
Ferguson-Florissant School District's McCluer North sophomores, Kenise Hoard and Jouwell Westbrooks-Stevenson, are finalists in the St. Louis University Cook Business School’s “Real” Elevator Pitch Competition. The two are among 24 area finalists who submitted 30 second pitch videos of their business ideas. PRESS RELEASE & VIDEO
Jennings School District has been awarded full accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) after exceeding accreditation standards for two consecutive years. Jennings School District increased from meeting 57% of state standards in 2012 to meeting 81% in 2015. PRESS RELEASE
Normandy School Collaborative's Normandy High School Marching and Jazz Band has been selected to perform in the Liberty Bowl with Country Artist Craig Morgan. The school is holding fundraising events to raise funds to get the students to Memphis. The band has also set up a GoFundMe account and so far they have raised all but $5,000 needed to fund the trip. PRESS RELEASE
The Pattonville School District is ranked among the best districts nationally, in Missouri and in St. Louis on a report just released by Niche, an online service that ranks 100,000 private and public schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and opinions from students, parents and staff. Pattonville ranks in the Top 7 percent nationally and is listed as the 10th best school district in Missouri (out of more than 400). PRESS RELEASE
Riverview Gardens School District's Riverview Gardens High School was visited by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently. Gov. Nixon announced that starting this year, students at Riverview will have the opportunity to participate in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), which provides proven interventions to help young people who have potential but, for a variety for reasons, are at-risk to not graduate from high school. JAG helps these students stay in school, graduate, and then succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. PRESS RELEASE

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery was awarded $10,000 in gift cards from Coca-Cola and Shop ‘N Save in support of the Nursery’s commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and providing emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.

Express Scripts has committed $2.5 million to UMSL's precollegiate Bridge Program. The new partnership with Express Scripts will allow the University of Missouri–St. Louis to expand its efforts to help local young people thrive. Focused particularly on north St. Louis County high school students, the $2.5 million investment by Express Scripts promises to bolster UMSL’s Bridge Program, which annually equips hundreds of area youth for college and career success. In addition, the gift will fund up to 20 active UMSL scholarships with preference given to Bridge participants from public high schools in north county. PRESS RELEASE


The City of Bellefontaine Neighbors Police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” on substance–impaired driving. The enforcement throughout the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors will run from December 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016. MORE INFO

Challenger Learning Center is asking students (age 13 and older) and adults to nominate teachers who have inspired them toward a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). On January 28th, 2016, they will host a ceremony to honor local teachers who have continued the Challenger legacy of inspiring the future generation of explorers. Nominations are due Wednesday, January 6. MORE INFORMATION : NOMINATION FORM

The City of Ferguson and St. Louis County have experienced big increases in home prices recently which have St. Louis area home prices record one of the biggest rebounds in the country over the last year. According to RealtyTrac, the median home price in the St. Louis area in October was $159,000, a 16 percent increase compared to October 2014. That’s the fourth highest jump in the nation. also predicts in 2016, St. Louis will be the nation’s second hottest housing market, behind only Providence, Rhode Island. PRESS RELEASE

The City of Florissant fees for the Florissant dog park located in Duchesne Park have been reduced. To register you must bring current vaccination records (rabies and DHLLP). The permit can be purchased starting December 1, 2015 and is good until December 31, 2016. To register your dog for the dog park you can go to the James J. Eagan Center 921-4466 or the John F. Kennedy 921-4250.

The City of Florissant held their 27th Annual Project Lift-Off Holiday Party at the James J. Eagan Center. The event is a drug free, alcohol free and tobacco free youth holiday party sponsored by the City of Florissant, Youth Advisory Commission and D.A.R.E. and again tickets were sold out. At the event was a large crowd of 5th- 8th graders as they participated in many activities that were available to them to do. There were plenty of fun activities going like ice skating, swimming and games. There was a DJ on hand that rocked the crowd while the kids enjoyed pizza and soda. PRESS RELEASE
City of Florissant has introduced their new Surveillance Camera Installation Program (SCIP) to encourage business owners to invest in their business and community by installing and maintaining good video surveillance systems. MORE INFO
East-West Gateway is seeking feedback on projects submitted for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Funding. The TAP provides funding for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, and safe routes to school projects. Please provide feedback on the proposed projects at Feedback will be accepted through January 4. MORE INFO
Express Scripts unveiled a plan they think can help tiny startups develop the next big idea in health care. The Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis-based company will set aside $25 million as part of a multiyear deal with a local venture capital firm. This is unique for the company, the paper says they have never invested more than a $1 million in a venture fund before this. Express Scripts officials say they are hoping to find companies that are working on solutions that solve challenges being faced by their customers today. PRESS RELEASE

Normandy School Collaborative's Joint Executive Governing Board has a newly appointed member. The Missouri State Board of Education has appointed Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge to the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for the Normandy Schools Collaborative. PRESS RELEASE

Pattonville School District's Remington Traditional School students recently spearheaded a community service project to support the construction of safe water wells in remote parts of the world. Third-grader Gabe Rupp and fifth-graders Owen Farra and Patrick Whiteford led a shoe drive at Remington to raise funds for the Shoeman Water Projects. Donated shoes are sold by the charity to raise funds to build water wells and water purifying systems in third-world countries. Remington students and staff collected nearly 1,100 pairs of shoes during the drive. PRESS RELEASE
Pattonville School District's Drummond Elementary School recently began its first Ukulele Club. Approximately 15 students in fourth and fifth grades learn and practice beginning ukulele skills during the after-school program, including strumming and basic chords. The students are learning to play familiar songs and performing at Drummond events such as the grandparents' breakfast, chili supper and the Arts and Education Night at Drummond. Kuse received a grant from the Pattonville Education Foundation which allowed her to purchase ukuleles for the students to use at home and at school on their practice day. PRESS RELEASE
Ritenour School District's longtime chief financial officer, Doug Baum, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2016 after serving the district for 20 years. The Ritenour Board of Education accepted his retirement at its Dec. 10 meeting. Under Baum’s leadership, the Ritenour School District annually has received positive financial audits with the highest rating possible by outside auditing firms. Additionally, during each of the last 14 years, Ritenour has received the national Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in the preparation and management of its annual budget, an accolade that less than 1 percent of the nation’s school districts receive. PRESS RELEASE

Ritenour School District's schools collected more than 23,500 nonperishable food items and turkeys for families in need throughout the district. Schools collected nonperishable food and money to purchase turkeys and other holiday foods throughout November for families within their schools who are served by Ritenour Co-Care and the Joint Police Chiefs Christmas Basket Program, which is organized by police chiefs from every police department in the district. PRESS RELEASE
Ritenour School District's Hoech and Ritenour middle school students participated in The Hour of Code, a global computer learning event that promotes the fun challenge of writing computer code to popular games. Students around the world use tutorials to build their own games while using algorithms, binary code and functions. PRESS RELEASE

The St. Louis County Council has passed legislation creating the St. Louis County Older Adult Commission, as requested by County Executive Steve Stenger. This commission is dedicated to evaluating and providing guidance on policies, operations, programs, events, and services impacting older adults. PRESS RELEASE
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery asks you to consider making a donation to help children at-risk this holiday season. As a Crisis Nursery generous donor and friend you know that the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery exists to provide hope and support to children in our community threatened with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness and other factors that place them in jeopardy.   It is the place where parents can bring their children when problems escalate to the point where they are at risk of abuse or neglect.  MORE INFO

UMSL art Professor Jeff Sippel (left) and Vice President Joe Biden pose for a photo during a reception at the Biden residence for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.
UMSL art and history professor, Jeff Sippel, was selected this summer to serve as the Collaborating Master Printer, working with five other artists at the printmaking studio of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. He was invited to a reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. Sippel said meeting the vice president and his wife was an amazing experience. PRESS RELEASE


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Challenger Learning Center eNewsletter - December 3, 2015

Federation of Catholic Schools Northeast Deanery - Our Good News

Ferguson Times - December 2015
FloValley News

St. Louis Crisis Nursery Upcoming Events

Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - December 2015

Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter - December 2015
Old Jamestown Association Newsletter - November 2015
Pattonville School District Pattonville @ Work - December 2015
Ritenour School District Inside Ritenour - December 2015
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