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St. Louis Aldermanic Committee to Consider Bill for Two Large Music Festivals|
ST. LOUIS, MO (SLFP.com), March 5, 2014 - The Convention, Tourism, Arts & Humanities committee will discuss a bill recently introduced by Ward 7 Alderman Phyllis Young, Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m., for two large music festivals to be held in downtown St. Louis over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
Aldermanic President Lewis Reed said that due to the increased interest in Board Bill 328, an agreement with Summer Rocks, LLC to host two annual festivals in Downtown St. Louis on Memorial and Labor Day weekends, he has directed the clerk of the Board of Aldermen to reserve the larger Kennedy Hearing Room, room 208, for the consideration of this bill.
This meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay to Recognize Ten Show-Me Heroes at Flag of Freedom Awards Ceremony
ST. LOUIS, MO (SLFP.com), March 5, 2014 - Representatives from 10 local companies will gather for a press conference hosted by City of St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay on Thursday, March 6, 2014, to receive the Flag of Freedom Award.
The Award was established through the Show-Me Heroes initiative, introduced by Governor Nixon in January 2010, and was designed to recognize companies that participate. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development within the Department of Economic Development, the Show-Me Heroes program has connected more than 6,000 Missouri veterans to job opportunities in the civilian marketplace, once they complete their military duties.
"These St. Louis City companies have gone far beyond their call of duty; by hiring veterans they harness the skills and abilities of these dedicated men and women, and ultimately they unleash the economic potential of our community and our region," said Mayor Slay in a release.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Mayor's Office at City Hall, 1200 Market St., Room 200. The following companies will be recognized as active partners in both the Show-Me Heroes program and the ongoing effort to reintegrate our returning heroes into the civilian world:
City of St. Louis Integrates Local Police Forces
- Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis, the leading voice of the St. Louis metro area construction industry, represents nearly 400 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors and partners in 22 counties across eastern Missouri.
- Drury Inn, a family-owned and operated chain of hotels, which has provided exceptionally friendly and satisfactory experiences to its guests since the 1940s;
- Fields Foods, St. Louis' full-service grocery store specializing in sustainable, locally-produced food products and trusted brands that provide delicious, healthy options;
- Love's Travel Shops & Country Stores, a recognized leader of the convenience stores and travel center industry, known for "clean places, friendly faces";
- Missouri Department of Transportation, the state government agency in charge of maintaining public roadways throughout Missouri;
- Spectrum Healthcare Resources, a reputable healthcare staffing company dedicated to providing permanent, civilian-contracted medical professionals for U.S. Military Treatment Facilities, Veteran Affairs clinics and other Federal agencies;
- St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, home to many of the nation's finest police officers and civilian employees who are committed to reducing crime in the City's neighborhoods;
- St. Patrick Center, the largest provider of homeless services in Missouri, helping move individuals and families from homelessness to self-sufficiency and a dignified lifestyle.
- Veterans Business Resources Center, a non-profit organization and a small business resource for veterans, reservists, and National Guardsmen who are small business owners or interested in becoming one;
- Weir Minerals Lewis Pumps, specializes in delivering and supporting slurry equipment; the world's premier distributor of vertical pumps and services to the sulphur chemicals industry.
ST. LOUIS, MO (SLFP.com), March 2, 2014 - Airport police operations and approximately 75 airport police officers are being assimilated into the St. Louis Police Department (SLMPD). City park rangers and City marshals, each once individual units, are also integrating into the SLMPD.
The St. Louis Airport Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency responsible for traffic control, criminal investigation, airport-based community-oriented policing, and general airport security for the traveling public. Until now, it has operated independently from the SLMPD.
"Local control gives us the opportunity to unify our police operations so that each unit is working toward the same goals and under the same leadership," said Mayor Francis Slay. "Policing and security are a top priority for the City. This integration will provide the most efficient, effective and professional law enforcement service to residents and visitors alike."
Chief Sam Dotson and Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge have begun the work of assimilating the airport police into the SLMPD.
"While the St. Louis Airport Police Department has provided exemplary law enforcement services to the airport over several decades, the time has arrived to integrate this policing function into the City's larger law enforcement apparatus," said Chief Dotson.
Under the SLMPD command structure, the airport policing function will operate as a new bureau. Airport police operations and approximately 75 airport police officers will come under the internationally-accredited SLMPD on July 1, 2014.
Mayor Slay Realigns Senior Leadership
ST. LOUIS, MO (SLFP.com), February 2, 2014 - City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has announced personnel changes, including a new director of the Department of Public Safety.
"These changes will make my administration stronger by putting people in positions that take full advantage of their unique skills and experience," Mayor Slay said in a release.
The changes are as follows:
"Rich Gray is a strong manager and administrator who understands the biggest operation in Public Safety, the police department," Mayor Slay said. "He is also well suited to focus on issues of diversity within Public Safety. Fred Wessels has both the public and private experience needed to run CDA well. He also has a strong record of demanding results and quality for taxpayers' money."
- Richard Gray will become director of the Department of Public Safety. Gray is the former president of the St. Louis Police Board, executive director of the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, and had a long, successful career as a senior business executive.
- Fred Wessels will become the director of the Community Development Administration. Wessels is the 13th Wward alderman and longtime chairman of the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee. He also runs the Peregrine Society in St. Louis, which provides services to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.
- Inside the Mayor's Office, Mary Ellen Ponder will move from Deputy Chief of Staff to Director of Operations.
- Eddie Roth will move from Director of Operations to Deputy Chief of Staff for program implementation.
- Michael Garvin, Deputy City Counselor, will serve as Acting City Counselor.
Ponder will be responsible for day-to-day City services. Roth will focus on bigger ideas and initiatives to improve the quality of life in the City.
"I'm excited and honored to be a part of the leadership team of the City of St Louis," Gray said. "The opportunity to have a voice at the table is one that I hope the people of St. Louis understand that I do not take lightly. To the Mayor and has team, thank you. I look forward to taking on the challenges of the new position."
"I'm looking forward to working with HUD, CDA staff and elected officials to build on the changes made this year," Wessels said. "We've moved billions of dollars of residential and commercial real estate projects during the past 14 years I served as HUDZ chair, and I look forward to continuing to help move the City forward in the future."
City of Saint Louis to Participate in Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative
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ST. LOUIS, MO (SLFP.com), January 16, 2014 - The Obama Administration will embed a Community Solutions Team from Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) in Mayor Francis Slay's Office to work alongside City leadership, community organizations, local businesses and philanthropy to help carry out the City's Sustainability Plan, as well as the Northside Regeneration Project.
The president sent an SC2 team to St. Louis in November, 2013, to determine whether the City was ready and worthy. The team found that the City has momentum and creativity that the Obama Administration wants to support.
"I want to thank President Obama and Secretary Donovan for this opportunity," said Mayor Slay. "We will be looking to the SC2 team to help advance the City's Sustainability Plan and the Northside Regeneration Project. The team can help us better align federal programs and investments while building new partnerships that will serve us for years to come."
The federal government sometimes operates in silos. Under SC2, different federal agencies will coordinate and collaborate with one another to deliver more effective services focused on specific challenges and opportunities at the local level.
In the City of St. Louis, at least one person, and maybe several, will live in St. Louis and work in the Mayor's Office for at least one year and up to two years. The team will align federal agencies and resources behind the Mayor's vision and strategy to make the City more sustainable, and to redevelop North St. Louis.
The SC2 Network is funded by a $10 million grant from HUD. Fifty-one cities applied for SC2. Seven were chosen: Brownsville, TX; Flint, MI; Gary, IN; Macon, GA; Rockford, IL; Rocky Mount, NC; and St. Louis, MO.
The SC2 Teams will aim to duplicate the record of success established in the original pilot cities: Chester, PA; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; and Youngstown, OH. SC2 Teams enabled those communities to more effectively use more than $368 million in existing federal funds and investments. They also provided advice and expertise that have helped these communities make significant progress toward their priorities in economic development, housing, transportation, public safety, and public health, among other areas.
"I look forward to welcoming the SC2 team to my office this March," said Mayor Slay. "We will give them a lot of work to do."
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