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For years, there’s been interest in trying to develop more housing, business and recreation around MetrLink stations in the St. Louis area.

Tuesday evening the East-West Gateway Council of Governments will begin hosting a series of community meetings to gather feedback on one such effort. 

Paul Hubbman of East West Gateway Council of Government is project manager for the study.

He says one of their goals is to understand why business development around MetroLink stations has been slow to materialize.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2012 - To paraphrase that familiar and now well-worn political mantra: It’s the slow-growth economy, stupid.

While the latest jobs report or foreclosure numbers can instantly spur presidential campaign rhetoric from Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney over who is better qualified to create jobs or save the middle class, today’s economic headlines might have little sway over voters who have already made up their minds based on all the yesterdays they’ve experienced since the nation’s financial crisis of 2008.

Former Daniele Hotel In Clayton To Get New Life

Oct 12, 2012
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The former Daniele Hotel in Clayton will reopen soon as a Hampton Inn and Suites.

The Daniele has been shuttered since 2007. But Equis Hospitality Management in St. Louis says it will spend about $16 million to renovate the hotel on North Meramec Ave. The new hotel will have 106 rooms, including 25 suites, and underground parking.

Equis co-owner Greg Mullenix says they will add a fifth floor to the hotel and they’ll feature a restaurant and bar at street level.

Ex-Rams player looks to merge entreprenuers, athletes

Aug 10, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 10, 2012 - Business success for an athlete usually follows a traditional formula. Get in the game, get out your name and then sign up as a spokesman when your playing days are done.

But Brandon Williams has a different vision of how players can convert major league star power into tangible assets – and it doesn’t involve pitching a sports drink or hawking the latest electric razor.

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The East-West Gateway Council of Governments held the first of four public forums tonight for its new study on development at MetroLink stations.  

The project will create a toolkit local stakeholders can use to create sustainable communities around MetroLink stations and encourage business development.

Mary Grace Lewandowski is an assistant project manager for the study and said the agency will use a number of criteria to identify five stations with especially high development potential.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 13, 2012 - During the last few years, Missouri lawmakers have headed into the final week of the General Assembly scrambling to resolve controversies over proposed massive economic-development packages and tax credit proposals.

This time, big issues remain unresolved -- including workers' comp, charter schools, economic development. And the bills may remain unpassed when the week is over.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial could change to the Gateway Arch National Park by July 2018.
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As Dick Fleming prepares to leave the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, and his successor Joe Reagan gets ready to move to town from Louisville, they both took time to join us today on St. Louis on the Air.  You can hear their entire conversation in the archives.  In the meantime, here are some highlights from our conversation with Reagan:

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St. Louis on the Air will be talking about these recent developments at the RCGA on Wednesday. Join us!

The newest head of St. Louis' Regional Chamber and Growth Association comes to the St. Louis region by way of Louisville, Ky.

Joe Reagan, president of Greater Louisville, Inc. will be the RCGA's new president and CEO effective Feb. 1, 2012.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2011 - Around noon Tuesday, the Missouri Senate officially shut down until January -- ending what all sides agree was a largely non-productive seven-week special legislative session that failed to fulfill its chief objective of passing a broad-based economic development package.

Haggling between the Senate and House had put the measure's chances in doubt for weeks, but it wasn't until last week that leaders in both chambers agreed to call it quits.

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Missouri’s special legislative session is over.

President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) adjourned the Missouri Senate exactly seven weeks after lawmakers returned to Jefferson City.  Only two bills were passed, the “Facebook Fix” and a high-tech jobs measure – but the top priority, an economic development bill, died because House and Senate leaders couldn’t agree on expiration dates for historic preservation and low-income housing tax credits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - Technically, the Missouri General Assembly remains in special session. But practically, it's all over.

The Missouri House decided Thursday to keep the dim hopes alive of reaching compromise on economic development legislation by voting to go to conference with the Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - The Missouri House and Senate adjourned Friday -- but perhaps not for good -- as both sides continued to haggle over the economic development package that was supposed to be the centerpiece of the special session.

Friday marked the end of Week 3. Both chambers adjourned in such a way that they can regroup if behind-the-scenes negotiations result in an agreement.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - The proposed economic development package that prompted the Missouri General Assembly's special session remained in limbo Friday after both chambers adjourned -- but not necessarily for good.

Both said the chambers could reconvene if a deal is struck in the next few weeks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 22, 2011 - Missouri Senate leaders reaffirmed at a news conference this afternoon that they still have sharp differences with the Missouri House over a proposed economic development package and offered little hope of reaching a Senate-House compromise to rescue the troubled special session now in its third week.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - Missouri House leaders announced this morning that they've crafted a compromise economic development package after closed meetings with the chamber's leaders and aides to Gov. Jay Nixon in the office of state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - One of Missouri's architects of this summer's original agreement on an economic development package says that the new issues in dispute will likely have to be resolved by late Wednesday to rescue the General Assembly's special session, now in its third week.

State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, told reporters Monday night that it would be a waste of time to continue if the three parties -- the House, the Senate and Gov. Jay Nixon -- can't quickly settle their differences.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 19, 2011 - State Rep. Tim Jones, who is expected to be Missouri's next speaker of the House, sees the state's economic loss of the AMC theater-chain headquarters to Kansas as prime evidence underscoring why the state must have tax-incentive programs to lure and retain businesses.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2011 - As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, seeks to steer a delicate political course during the Republican-dominated General Assembly's special session, he also is experiencing several political jabs from the GOP.

Although it's the Republican legislative leaders who are sparring with each other during the special session over economic-development proposals, the Missouri Republican Party is seeking to shift any potential political blame onto the governor.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2011 - In the midst of the special session's heated debate over an economic development package, both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly have decided to adjourn until next Wednesday in an effort to cool down the rhetoric and engage in behind-the-scenes talks.

The discussion -- or perhaps, the disagreement -- has apparently caught the attention of the Chinese government.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 12, 2011 - For the most part, it's still all about the "Hub."

That may be one of the few points of agreement among supporters and opponents of the economic development package that prompted Gov. Jay Nixon -- at the behest of Republican legislative leaders -- to call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly, which began last Tuesday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 8, 2011 - The Missouri Senate is adjourning until Monday afternoon so members can study changes that a committee made late Wednesday to an economic development package. The move comes amid signs of trouble for the package and is an effort to get the package back on track.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 7, 2011 - The state Senate convened briefly this morning as about half dozen cars circled the Capitol with "No China Hub" painted on signs and on their windshields. The group also flew the usual yellow "Don't tread on me" flags. The Senate announced that the hearing on the China Hub tax credit package would be held tonight at 7:30. Afterward, the Senate plans to go into a full session at 9 p.m.

At that point, state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, is expected to resume his filibuster.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 26, 2011 - Missouri state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, has announced he'll do what he can to obstruct the economic development deal that is to be the centerpiece of the special legislative session to begin Sept. 6.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 21, 2011 - When Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his priorities for the upcoming special session of the Missouri legislature Thursday, they included a long list of economic development proposals but not an issue that St. Louis officials had been looking for: local control of the city's police department.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 21, 2011 - State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, was arguably the chief reason an economic development bill -- including tax credits for the proposed China cargo hub effort -- died during the last legislative session.

And from what he's heard so far, Crowell isn't enamored of the "alleged deal'' announced earlier this week by state House and Senate Republican leaders.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 8, 2011 - While not yet promising a special session on jobs, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he "will invite legislative leaders to meet with top members of his economic development team and senior staff next week to finalize a strategy for developing and passing legislation to create jobs, to make Missouri more competitive, and to ensure a positive return on investment for taxpayers."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 14, 2011 - If St. Louis area business and government leaders needed any more reasons to embrace the gospel of regional cooperation to boost economic development, they got a powerful sermon on Tuesday: Other regions already are way out front.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2009 - Gov. Jay Nixon's office confirmed this afternoon what had been circulating for days in news outlets and the internet: Missouri Economic Development Director Linda Martinez is out.

And for the moment, the job's responsibilities will fall to Deputy Director Katie Steele Danner -- who, unlike Martinez, has a long Democratic resume. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2009 - The Missouri Legislature ended its 2009 session much as it began almost five months ago, with Gov. Jay Nixon's economic development bill taking center stage -- and his quest to expand health care for the poor fading into the shadows.

During Friday's final frenzy of votes, the state Senate and House each OKed the massive economic development bill, ending a multi-month Senate stalemate that had revolved around the rising use of state historic tax credits to bolster redevelopment in St. Louis and other older urban areas.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2009 - Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly saw themselves as a bulwark against Gov. Jay Nixon when the session began. But with roughly a month to go before lawmakers adjourn for the year, Republicans seem to be turning their aim away from the Democratic governor and instead targeting each other.

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