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Arlington Cemetery Wreaths
College of the Ozarks and School of the Ozarks is partnering with Wreaths Across America to ensure that the gravesites of the nation's military do not go without wreaths at Christmastime.
College of the Ozarks Partners with Wreaths Across America
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 14, 2017 - College of the Ozarks leaders have decided once again to help ensure the gravesites of the nation's military do not go without wreaths.

The College purchased 500 wreaths to be laid at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, on Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of Wreaths Across America.

Students, staff, and faculty of C of O and School of the Ozarks will travel to Springfield and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., to help lay the wreaths and say the names of soldiers represented by the gravesites.

"Arlington National Cemetery historically has had great support," said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities for C of O. "However, cemeteries like the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery have struggled to get every gravesite covered. This is a way not only to honor and remember those who have fallen, but to honor those Gold Star Families as well. I can't image what it means to those families to see a wreath on their loved ones' graves at Christmas."

The funding for the purchase of the wreaths was provided by Pitch in for Patriots, a patriotic club at School of the Ozarks. Funding for travel to Springfield and Washington, D.C., was provided by Johnny Morris and the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar golf tournament, part of the PGA TOUR Champion's Tour.

"We do not want to see this tradition of wreaths on the graves of our fallen soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery abandoned or shortchanged," said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. "This is a way for us to help students better understand the sacrifices made by our nation's military, our Veterans, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have died in the line of duty. We hope other schools, businesses, and organizations will follow suit. It is incumbent on ALL Americans to find ways to honor those who have served. We challenge you to do your part this Christmas season."

This effort reflects the patriotic goal of College of the Ozarks, "to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it."

Students going to Arlington also will take a tour of the White House and will receive a VIP tour of the new Museum of the Bible.


Chouteau Greenway Design Competition
Chouteau Greenway Design Competition
Renderings of the first segment of the Chouteau Greenway, between Boyle and Sarah Avenues near the Cortex, courtesy HNTB.
Four Teams Selected for Chouteau Greenway Design Competition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 11, 2017 - The first stage of the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition has wrapped up, and four teams representing nine different states and four different countries (U.S., Italy, Canada and Hong Kong, China) have been chosen for the competition.

The teams will begin developing their respective conceptual design plans to connect Forest Park and Washington University with Downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch in early January, and final design concepts will be presented to the community and Chouteau Greenway Design Competition jury in April 2018.

All four teams chosen include local St. Louis team members and are being led by:

  • James Corner Field Operations in association with [dtls], WSP, HR & A Advisors, Lord Cultural Resources, Sherwood Design Engineers, MIC, L'Observatorie, ETM Associates
  • STOSS Landscape Urbanism in association with Amanda Williams, Urban Planning and Design for the American City, Alta Planning + Design, Marlon Blackwell Architects, and David Mason and Associates
  • TLS Landscape Architecture, OBJECT TERRITORIES, [dhd] derek hoeferlin design in association with Langan, Linda Samuels, Paola Serrano, EDSI, Ramboll, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, eDesign Dynamics, Silman, Econsult Solutions, Bryan Cave, Preservation Research Office
  • W Architecture & Landscape Architecture in association with Arup, ABNA Engineering, Gardiner & Theobald, Kiku Obata & Co., Regina Myer
Residents are invited to attend two events to help them further connect with the project.

A Meet the Designers Night will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, located at 2319 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. The event will feature presentations from 6:15-7:30 p.m. from project partners and all four design teams, so everyone will have an opportunity to learn about their qualifications and approach. The event is free to attend and will have a cash bar.

Residents of the region are also invited to a Community Day on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at Harris-Stowe State University's William L. Clay Professional Development Center, located at 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103.

People of all ages will have the opportunity to help create a mural for the project, in partnership with Freedom Arts & Education Center. Local performers will show off their skills, and door prizes will be given out all morning. Information about the project will be displayed, with 10 minute presentations every hour. The event is free and food and drink are provided.


The Gatesworth
Members of the project team and residents and staff of the Gatesworth Community were on hand for the ribbon cutting event, which also featured brief remarks by project owners and University City Mayor Shelly Welsch.
McKnight Place Assisted Living Opens on Gatesworth Campus
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 10, 2017 - The Gatesworth senior living community has marked a milestone in the development of the latest addition to the 15-acre Gatesworth campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new 3-story, 102,000-square-foot McKnight Place Assisted Living expansion.

Featuring 90 new, upscale apartment homes, the new building debuts with an 80% occupancy rate, and will contribute to the creation of an additional 90 -100 new jobs on The Gatesworth campus, which now encompasses more than a million square feet.

The addition is part of a $32 million expansion of McKnight Place Assisted Living that is unfolding in two phases. With the first phase completed, work is now ramping up on the second phase, which includes a complete renovation of the existing 74,000-square-foot McKnight Place Assisted Living building.

Upon completion in March 2018, the renovated space will feature 18 additional assisted living apartments and the debut of dedicated memory care at McKnight Place. Twenty-seven separate memory care apartments will be accessed via a separate memory care entrance for residents with cognitive impairments, such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

The McKnight Place expansion will increase the footprint of The Gatesworth campus to over one million square feet and further enhance the comprehensive level of the continuum of care services available to the residents. Within the 15-acre Gatesworth campus, seniors will have access to independent living options at The Gatesworth, as well as extended care, assisted living and memory care services through McKnight Place.

With over 500 employees, the locally owned and operated Gatesworth campus is estimated to be one of the largest employers in University City, and the number of staff members is expected to grow by almost 20 percent with the openings of the new and renovated assisted living buildings. An additional 50 new employees are being hired this year to staff the new building, with another 40 employees to be hired in early 2018 for positions at the renovated assisted living and memory care building.


Comptroller Darlene Green Named a Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 10, 2017 - St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green was recently recognized as a Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance at the 2017 Freda Johnson Awards. The Northeast Women in Public Finance will formally acknowledge honorees at The Bond Buyer's Deal of the Year gala in New York City.

This marks the seventh year the group has handed out the award, named for Freda Johnson, a founding board member of the organization and former executive vice president and public finance division head at Moody's Investors Service.

"I am honored to be recognized as a Trailblazer by Northeast Women in Public Finance. It is a privilege to serve the people of St. Louis as Comptroller and I am thankful for the citizens' support," said Comptroller Green.

Comptroller Darlene Green is the chief fiscal officer of the City of St. Louis and is charged with safeguarding the city's credit rating and with protecting taxpayer dollars.

Comptroller Green has served more than 30 years in public accounting and finance roles. In 1997, she was the first woman-and only the third African American-elected Comptroller of the City of St. Louis. The people of St. Louis have elected her comptroller six times in total and she has served alongside four mayoral administrations.

During her tenure in office, Comptroller Green has led the city to several year-end surpluses and eight credit rating upgrades. Through her foresight and leadership, the city of St. Louis has not issued any derivative or variable rate debt. These strong fiscal policies saved taxpayers millions of dollars in the City of St. Louis and avoided the 2006-08 derivative debt crisis that plagued cities and corporations alike. As a result, in 2008 the City of St. Louis received an A+ credit rating from S&P-something the city had not achieved in 35 years.

Comptroller Green has introduced innovative programs that provide real benefits. In 1996, she created a Finance Internship Program in the Office of the Comptroller, which connected local minority and low-income students interested in finance careers with real-life work experience and mentorships in municipal finance. The program served as a model for the citywide jobs program, STL Youth Jobs, which Comptroller Green supports to this day. And in 2016, Comptroller Green launched Green HELP, an innovative homeowner loan program that provides loans of up to $15,000 for energy efficiency improvements to homes in the City of St. Louis.

A native of St. Louis, Comptroller Green graduated from Vashon High School. She then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an active member of her Zeta Phi Beta sorority chapter and a member of the National Women's Political Caucus of St. Louis.

Comptroller Darlene Green is the chief fiscal officer of the City of St. Louis and is charged with safeguarding the city's credit rating and with protecting taxpayer dollars.


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