North County News for February 2024

SAVE THE DATE

NCI Annual Leadership Breakfast
May 17, 2024 – 7:30-9:30 am

North County Uncorked
Tentative: July 26, 2024 – 6:30 pm

North County Annual Golf Tournament
September 3, 2024 – 10:00 am 

Valley Industries Mayor’s Shamrock Charity Ball sponsored by NCI
March 2, 2024 – 10:00 am 

NCI NEWS

NCI Launches New Website
North County Incorporated teamed up with marketing agency member Envision By Design to create a new logo and website experience. Visit North County Incorporated’s new website and let us know what you think.

Now Accepting Nominations for NCI Annual Leadership Awards
NCI’s 47th Annual Leadership Awards is on Friday, May 17, 2024. We need your help to identify those who have shown a strong commitment to the North St. Louis County Region. Nominate individuals, businesses, and organizations that you believe are strong candidates for our five award categories. Use this link to our website to complete the nomination form and learn more about the details.

NCI Joined the Celebration for the First Tenant at Hazelwood Business Park
The City of Hazelwood, Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP), and Newmark Zimmer celebrated the opening of IDI, the first tenant at Hazelwood Business Park (formally St. Louis Mills Mall). IDI Distributors is a nationally recognized leader providing insulation to commercial and industrial wholesale clients and will be leasing 27,000 SF at HBP. Visit the Facebook post.

NEWS IN NORTH COUNTY

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley honors St. Louis County Justice Services at the 2024 MLK Jr. Celebration 
Saint Louis Community College and North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony (NCCU) and Justice held a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on February 5th, 2024. During the celebration, St. Louis County Justice Services was honored with the 2024 Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award. Use this link to view the YouTube video. 

St. Louis County Library Celebrates Black History Month 
The Saint Louis County Library is having Black History Month events all month long. 

Benjamin Jealous Highlights Forgotten History at UMSL’s 2024 MLK Holiday Observance
Benjamin Jealous, former president of the NAACP and executive director of the Sierra Club, delivered the keynote address at UMSL’s 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance. Jealous delivered his keynote speech, “The Other Lost South: MLK, Forbidden History and Rebel Hope” which drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click the link to read the article. 

Free VITA Tax Preparation for Seniors and Low-Income
The Spanish Lake Community Association is offering free volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) tax preparation for seniors and low-income. This will be offered from February 6, 2024 through March 26, 2024 by appointment only. Call (314)-441-6839 today

The Saint Louis Zoo is Hiring Interns
The St. Louis Zoo is offering several paid internships this summer. You can participate in various learning opportunities and showcase what you’ve learned. Learn More.

Pallottine Retreat Center Expansion Brings New Programs & Opportunities to North County
Under the direction of Marillyn Baner, Pallottine Retreat and Conference Center is expanding. The organization is developing a variety of new programs and seeking new partnerships. Learn More 

Community Health Survey 
Community health field specialists from the University of Missouri Extension are conducting a survey to learn about the health of our community. Please share your thoughts. Complete the survey by March 31st using the link here

Complete Auto Body Spearheading a New Association
The North County Police Business Association (NCPBA) is on a mission to bring North County businesses together with the police. Get more involved by clicking the link here

UMSL Exceeds St. Louis Anchor Action Network Goals for Increased Hiring and Purchasing in 2023 
The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) has played a leading role within the St. Louis Anchor Action Network. UMSL helped the network set a goal to increase purchasing and hiring within North St. Louis City and North St. Louis County neighborhoods by 10% in 2023. UMSL has since exceeded those targets. Click the link to read the article. 

Greater St. Louis Inc. Releases New Report Showing Lambert Growth 
A new report by Greater St. Louis Inc. indicates that Lambert Airport can add five billion dollars in annual economic impact and support thirty thousand new jobs. These results would be due to the increased impact of the metro’s aerospace manufacturing industry led by Boeing and the increased traffic through a new state-of-the-art terminal. Click the link to read more.  

10-Week Small Business Development Program
The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis Inc. Women’s Business Center is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2024 cohort. The program will consist of a Spring, Summer, and Fall session that begins March 4th through November 13. Use this link to apply and learn more about the details. 

KUDOS

Riverview Garden School District (RGSD) Names Interim Superintendent
Dr. Tanya Patton was named RGSD’s Interim Superintendent for the 2024-25 school year. Tanya will be leading the district following the retirement of Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams at the end of the 2023-24 school year. Learn more by clicking the link.

NSC’s Dr. Micheal Triplett Releases a New Book 
NCI board member, Dr. Michael Triplett the Superintendent for Normandy Schools Collaborative recently released his second book titled, Navigating Educational Turbulence: How to Land the Plane. 

Pattonville Fire Protection District Chief Recognized by KC Chiefs
NCI board member, PFPD Fire Chief Jim Usry for receiving the “Hometown Hero Award” from the Kansas City Chiefs football organization/Branson Lakes Area Tourism Enhancement District during the KC Chiefs vs Miami Dolphins Playoff Game. 

Dr. Kendra Holmes Receives NACHC Honor for Healthcare Advocacy 
The National Association of Community Health Centers has selected NCI board member Dr. Kendra Holmes for their 2024 Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award. Learn More

Saint Louis County Receives Grant To Improve EV Plan
Saint Louis County secured a grant of $735,340 from the US Department of Energy to improve its electric vehicle (EV) plan. This plan included the installation of charging ports and the purchase of additional electrical vehicles.

Youth In Need Celebrates 50 Years  
Youth In Need is dedicated to servicing children and families. After beginning as a homeless shelter in 1972 the agency now serves over 8,000 children, families, and youth across the St. Louis region. Learn More. 

Normandy School Collaborative Student Wins Art Contest 
Bart Barker, a student at Barack Obama Elementary School won an art contest sponsored by the St. Louis County Department of Health. 

AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Fusion 314 Grand Opening 
The City of Florissant announced the grand opening of Fusion 314 on Friday, February 16th from 3 pm to 10 pm. This new esports gaming facility in Florissant is located inside the James J. Eagan Center at #1 James J. Eagan Dr, Florissant, MO. Learn more on their website

Marygrove’s Annual BLOOM Gala
Marygrove is having its annual BLOOM Gala on March 1st at the Four Seasons Hotel. Enjoy a theme of “Prom Through The Decades”, with fun dancing and an elegant dinner. For more event information and sponsorship opportunities please visit their website. 

The 3rd Annual Florissant St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival & 5K Run
Mayor Lowery and the Florissant St. Patrick’s Parade Committee are hosting the 3rd Annual Florissant St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival, and 5K Run on Sunday, March 10. Click here to learn more about the event details. 

Community Resource Fair
A Red Circle will host their 3rd annual Community Resource Fair on March 16, 2024. Click here to learn more. 

Pallottine Renewal Center Hosts Washington University Caters Community Café Event. 
A research study is being conducted around African American people who have any family or personal history with certain types of cancer. This will be held at the Pallottine Renewal Center on March 30, 2024. Pre-registration is required. Call Briana Wilson at (314)-323-9673. 

HSD Recruitment Fair 
Hazelwood School District will be hosting an employee recruitment fair on March 2, 2024. This event will take place at Hazelwood East High School from 9 am to 1 pm.

The 2nd Annual Tour de Florissant 
The City of Florissant has partnered up with Big Shark Bicycle Company to announce that Historic Old Town Florissant will host the 2024 Bommarito Audi West County Gateway Cup race series. The event will take place on September 2, 2024.  

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