State of North County Leadership Luncheon: Economic Investment and Growth

Major Investments Occurring in North County Reaching in the Billions

NCI leadership and area economic development professionals welcome the crowd to discuss billions in investment occurring in North County. (From Top Left: David Leezer, Jason Archer, Dr. Christopher Spilling, Patrick Mulcahy, Rachael St. Pierre. From Bottom Left: Rebecca Zoll, Michelle Stuckey, Skye Lufsey, Daffney Moore, Anni Dineen, Tamara Lackland.)

St. Louis, MO, Feb. 29, 2024 – North County Inc. (NCI) hosted its State of North County Leadership Luncheon. This year’s focus was on economic investment and growth in the community. More than 120 community, civic, and business leaders gathered to learn about the nearly 2.8 billion dollars in investment occurring throughout the North County area.

“NCI was pleased to convene this opportunity for our amazing local economic development professionals to share details about the business, residential, public infrastructure, and workforce development investment occurring throughout the North St. Louis County community,” said Rebecca Zoll, president/CEO of NCI. “It is exciting to see this level of investment throughout the area and know that quality jobs are being created for the people who live here.” 

Both private and public investments underway include the Boeing expansion, Clayco’s relocation, Performance Food Group, I-270 north corridor, R & R Marketplace, new buildings/renovations on St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis campuses, several new housing developments, municipal recreational improvements, and dozens of new businesses.

Presentations were provided by Jason Archer, vice president of business development; Anni Dineen, economic development coordinator; David Leezer, assistant city manager; Skye Lufsey, district coordinator for marketing & communication; Daffney Moore, senior director of economic development; Patrick Mulcahy, director of economic development; Michelle Stuckey, vice president of business development; Rachel St. Pierre, community development director, and Dr. Christopher Spilling, professor of chemistry and vice chancellor for research and economic & community development.

What the presenters had to say:

“We are proud to have played a role in so many projects where companies are investing in the revitalization in North County,” said Michelle Stuckey, vice president of business development at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. “These millions of dollars of investments will bring hundreds of jobs to the area, which will only benefit the community.”

“Beyond Housing, an organization working with municipalities around the UMSL campus, has laid a foundation for change at scale, raising and investing more than $175 million,” said Daffney Moore, senior director of economic development, Beyond Housing.

“The City of Ferguson is overwhelmed with the support from the community, the expansive growth in the past 3 years, and the potential for new development with businesses and housing,” said Rachel St. Pierre, community development director, City of Ferguson.

“The City of Florissant is excited about the many new businesses that have opened recently in our community. Along with the new businesses, we are seeing tremendous growth in new housing as well as exciting municipal projects that will provide much-needed services to our residents for years to come,” said Patrick Mulcahy, director of economic development, City of Florissant.

“Yesterday’s event demonstrates the economic development professionals are addressing all facets of long-term growth, including labor recruitment, housing, training, and developable sites,” said David Leezer, assistant city manager, City of Hazelwood. 

“The City of Jennings is particularly excited about the West Walnut Manor area because it is one of the areas in the community that has needed stabilization for so long, and seeing now that we are having investments of over $7 million is an incredible thing for the city and we are really looking forward to the rest of the investments in our housing stock in particular and trying to bring back up our commercial areas,” said Anni Dineen, economic development coordinator, City of Jennings.

“In the state of Missouri and the St. Louis region, there’s a need for workers who have the necessary knowledge or skills to fill positions in high-demand fields like health care, information technology, manufacturing, and biotechnology. St. Louis Community College’s initiative, STLCC Transformed, focuses on creating new programming and buildings plus improving existing programs and facilities to meet these needs. By investing in our students with affordable, accessible education and modernized learning environments, we’re investing in the St. Louis workforce—helping existing area businesses expand and supporting the attraction of new companies to the region,” said Skye Lufsey, district coordinator for marketing & communication, St. Louis Community College.

“The University of Missouri–St. Louis campus is undergoing an exciting $110 million physical transformation to establish a cohesive academic core on our North Campus in concert with a comprehensive renovation of classroom, laboratory, and community spaces to serve students for decades to come,” said Dr. Christopher Spilling, professor of chemistry and vice chancellor for research and economic & community development, University of Missouri-St. Louis. “This public- and donor-funded initiative also supports our ambitious plan to establish a 35-acre North St. Louis County Business and Workforce District on our South Campus focused on enhancing workforce training and development and increasing high-paying, in-demand jobs here in north county.”

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