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Entertainment St. Louis, Made U Look and Art Dimensions are pleased to announce the return of the US Cellular Taste of St. Louis to the downtown area on Sept. 21-23, 2007, at the Gateway Mall on 9th Street and Market Street.

This year’s event will feature a Family Zone, Macy’s Restaurant Row, the Saint Louis Bread Co. Culinary Championship, National Act Concerts, the Marketplace, ArtDimensions’ Village, the Ford Experience Tour and more. All of this will take place free to the public.

Mike Kociela, producer and partner of Taste of St. Louis, says, “Last year was such a community event, not only was the corporate support phenomenal but the amazing crowds made it feel like we had been producing this event for many years. I was happy to see the 2006 Taste go so well and look forward to many years of success.”


The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter has teamed up with Grainger and Anheuser-Busch to launch Ready When the Time Comes, a new partnership designed to recruit corporate employees in St. Louis to serve as Red Cross volunteers during a large-scale, local disaster. Ready When the Time Comes enables the Red Cross to recruit and train volunteers from local companies and organizations so they can be mobilized quickly. Program volunteers receive free, specialized training in crucial disaster response, such as shelter operations, large-scale feeding efforts and damage assessment.

Last May, local corporations participated in a full-scale shelter drill at St. Raphael the Archangel School in south St. Louis, one of 600 local facilities designated as a potential Red Cross shelter during times of disaster. The shelter drill featured trained employees from Grainger, Anheuser-Busch, Citigroup, Fleishman-Hillard, Lohr Distributing Company and State Farm working alongside veteran Red Cross volunteers. More than 100 people participated in the simulation, which focused on registration procedures, cot set-up and distribution of bedding, food preparation and delivery, and administration of physical/mental health services.

Ready When the Time Comes was introduced by the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and W.W. Grainger Inc. in 2001. Since that time, the program has expanded as a national pilot and is being introduced in 16 markets.


In May, the Spirit of St. Louis Airport became home to the first Eclipse Very Light Jet delivered in the Midwest. The new arrival, a privately owned aircraft, is only the 14th jet of its kind delivered in the United States.

Previously known as a microjet, a very light jet is a small aircraft approved for single-pilot operation with a maximum take-off weight of less than 10,000 pounds. These jets are lighter than what are commonly called business jets and typically seat between three and seven passengers plus one crew member.

Currently Spirit of St. Louis Airport is home to more than 440 aircraft, including 135 corporate jets, and employs over 3,000 people at more than 150 businesses.


Amerinet Inc., a national healthcare purchasing organization, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Champions for Change Award by the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E). The award honors organizational partners that demonstrate successful accomplishments in “greening” their organizations and have assisted their associated healthcare facility clients with improving their environmental performance, according to H2E.

“Amerinet is at the forefront of a fundamental shift in the healthcare industry,” stated H2E Executive Director Laura Brannen. “By introducing healthier and more responsible products and practices, Amerinet is helping healthcare facilities everywhere to operate in ways that protect the health of patients, workers, communities and the environment. This is a revolution that benefits everyone.”

H2E is an independent not-for-profit organization focused on improving healthcare’s environmental performance.


Fleishman-Hillard Inc. was awarded the prestigious 2007 Best of Silver Anvil Award from The Public Relations Society of America for launching a program aimed at improving the health of underserved children with asthma in New York City.

The society hailed Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eradicating Respiratory Asthma in Schools to Help Children Excel) as a “breakthrough program” that dramatically improved the children’s health and performance in and out of school, all at no cost to the families or the City,” according to a statement from the Public Relations Society of America. The program features medical specialists who make “school calls.”

The firm’s New York office developed the project on a pro bono basis. Project E.R.A.S.E. was selected as the best of the 48 public relations programs receiving Silver Anvils.

Fleishman-Hillard and its clients also received six Silver Anvil Awards and seven Award of Excellence honors for clients that include Abbott Laboratories, The Magic Johnson Foundation, AT&T, Hallmark Cards, National World War I Museum, St. Louis RCGA, Bayer Animal Health, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dannon Company, Nationwide Insurance and United States Potato Board.


Partners for Progress, an organization of CEOs representing 30 major companies in the St. Charles County region, has awarded its first LifeScape Progress Award to The Great Rivers Greenway District. The award was presented to David Fisher, executive director of The Great Rivers Greenway District, at the Partners for Progress Gala at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The Great Rivers Greenway District, which is leading the development of a region-wide system of interconnected greenways, parks and trails known as The River Ring, is being recognized as a strong advocate of community participation, neighborhood involvement and regional, collaborative partnerships.


The St. Louis chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators recognized some of the region’s finest business communicators for their outstanding work and successful communication solutions during the 2007 Bronze Quill Awards ceremony. Nearly 200 people attended the event at the Randall Gallery to celebrate the 97 projects that earned awards during this year’s competition.

Among the biggest winners were Paradowski Creative, Buck Consultants, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Common Ground Public Relations, Falk Harrison Creative, Fontbonne University, Commerce Bank, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and St. John’s Mercy Health Care. For a complete list of this year’s winners, please visit

More than 145 projects were submitted to the competition, making this year one of the most successful years in local Bronze Quill history.


HOK Interiors Group has taken branding to a new level by applying it to an office suite that the firm designed for FOCUS St. Louis’ downtown headquarters. Located in the Old Post Office building, FOCUS St. Louis’ new digs were designed to reflect its mission and values.

“Our previous headquarters didn’t offer a prominent presence on the street to help us promote our values,” stated Christine Chadwick, executive director. “The Old Post Office was a more dynamic location, but its sheer immensity and grandeur could also overwhelm our small office. So we turned to HOK Interiors to design space that defines FOCUS- St. Louis, yet respects the strict standards that attend finishing space in a 123-year-old National Historic Landmark.”

HOK gave FOCUS-St. Louis a round-the-clock presence in the Old Post Office building. The nonprofit organization’s mission of “developing leadership, influencing policy and promoting community connections” is plainly painted on the interior glass walls of the office. At night, the FOCUS-St. Louis logo is continually projected by light upon a back wall, making it highly visible from the street.


The Boeing Company has awarded two grants to Parents as Teachers National Center, an award-winning parent education program serving families with children from birth to age 5. The two grants, one for $25,000 and the other for $10,000, will support efforts to serve diverse populations in Missouri.

The $25,000 grant will be used to train 65 parent educators to deliver parenting support to families around St. Louis in culturally sensitive ways. The $10,000 grant will support Parents as Teachers’ Heroes at Home programs at Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, two military installations in Missouri. As part of its Heroes at Home program, Parents as Teachers National Center customized its flagship child development curriculum to address the unique parenting challenges facing young military families, including reunification, deployment and frequent relocation.

The Boeing Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, contributed $20.8 million to education in 2006.


Local law firm Thompson Coburn LLP has announced plans to merge with Chicago-based law firm FagelHaber LLC, creating an expanded practice with more than 330 attorneys in St. Louis, Chicago, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C.

“Thompson Coburn has been looking for a way to enter the Chicago market in a meaningful way, and this merger is a major step forward in our strategic growth plan,” stated Tom Minogue, Thompson Coburn’s chairman. “FagelHaber enjoys an excellent reputation in the Chicago legal community and serves a distinguished client list. Joining with FagelHaber will immediately make Thompson Coburn a significant participant in the Chicago legal community.”

The combined firm’s Chicago office will initially be known as Thompson Coburn Fagel Haber. In addition to providing Thompson Coburn with an immediate presence in Chicago, the merger also enables FagelHaber, a 40-lawyer firm, to significantly expand its presence throughout the Midwest.


Three St. Louis College of Pharmacy students are among 13 healthcare students recently selected to participate in the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training program offered by the Washington University School of Medicine. Renee Marchand of Glen Carbon, Ill.; Nicholas Herrmann of Hinckley, Ill.; and Kenneth D. Smith Jr., of Clarksville, Mo., began their intensive two-month training in June.

In addition to taking courses in research design and data analysis, the pharmacy students are working with faculty mentors from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine on research projects related to pharmacogenetics and medical informatics. The curriculum, known as the “T32 program,” is part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, which is designed to train individuals in the health care professions to become outstanding patient-oriented researchers.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced that it now has more fuel-efficient cars on the road than any other rental car company. The company’s focus on fuel-efficient vehicles is part of a comprehensive environmental stewardship program that includes the use of FlexFuel vehicles and gas/electric hybrids, a commitment to alternative fuels research and donations to environmental causes.

“We want our customers to know that when they choose Enterprise, they get more than just a rental car. They also are getting our commitment to making a positive difference in those parts of the world we touch with our business, now and in the future,” stated Andrew C. Taylor, chairman and CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

According to Enterprise, 47 percent of the cars in its fleet average at least 28 miles per gallon and 28 percent average at least 32 mpg. A third of the vehicles in Enterprise’s U.S. fleet qualify for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay certification mark for vehicles that emit relatively low levels of regulated pollutants and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The fleet also includes more than 3,000 gas/electric hybrid vehicles that are powered by a combination of gas and battery-generated electricity.

Here are some additional highlights of Enterprise’s environmental initiatives:

In February, Enterprise’s founding family, the Jack Taylor family of St. Louis, gave $25 million to create the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.

In 2006, Enterprise launched an initiative with The National Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service to underwrite the planting of one million trees a year over the next 50 years in national forests around the country.

Enterprise manages vanpool businesses in several large metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Dallas.

Starting this year, Enterprise will print all customer rental contracts on recycled paper with 30 percent post-consumer material. The company began printing its magazine, Free Enterprise, on recycled paper earlier this year.


PayneCrest Electric and Communications has won two awards from the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council. The firm earned a Best MEP Subcontractor Award for an unprecedented fourth year and also received the ASA Member Safety Award.

PayneCrest was recognized in the “A” tier of the awards program, which consists of contractors with annual revenue of more than $11.5 million. The firm has been nominated for the Best MEP Subcontractor Award in five of the past six years. On April 4, 2007, PayneCrest achieved its one-millionth consecutive man hour (582 consecutive days) without recording an injury reportable to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


William A. Kamm, M.D., a retired radiologist, decided to endow a scholarship fund, not at his alma mater, but at the community college he feels is providing a quality education and filling slots in his field of medicine.

Southwestern Illinois College Foundation is the recipient of Kamm’s philanthropy. His gift of $100,000 allowed for the establishment of two annual Radiologic Technology scholarships, and is the single largest monetary donation from a private donor for scholarships.

Kamm established the scholarship at SWIC because he believes the college’s two-year RT program is one of great merit, as evidenced by the many students sent to him for practical training.

“The SWIC students I worked with over the years were very competent. Their expertise and training made my work much easier,” Kamm said.

Kamm, a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, practiced radiology at Memorial Hospital from 1963 to 1988 and had a private practice in Belleville from 1963 to 2001.

Kamm sat on the college’s RT program advisory committee for 20 years, chairing for 12, and helped with the accreditation process.


The Home Builders Association has presented $12,500 of a $25,000 commitment to the Regional Union Construction Center, located in the St. Louis Enterprise Center in Wellston, Mo.

The funds will be used to increase the long-term viability of emerging minority- and women-owned union construction firms in the St. Louis area. The Regional Union Construction Center is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission of growing successful minority construction contractors. The center will become a business incubator for minority construction contractors.

The HBA is a local trade association of nearly 1,400 member firms representing the residential construction industry.


Bryan Cave LLP has announced that it plans to open an office in Hamburg, Germany, with a target opening date of Aug. 1. The Hamburg office, the firm’s second European location, will be led by Michael Leue, currently a partner with the German firm Buse Heberer Fromm. Initially, a group of four lawyers will staff the Hamburg office, with additional partners and associates joining in the near future.

“The opening of offices in Milan and Hamburg underscores our commitment to Europe,” stated Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Michael Leue and his team provide us with a great start in the German market. I am confident that Michael, together with our partners in Milan and London, will help Bryan Cave continue to grow our capabilities throughout Europe.”


MidAmerica St. Louis Airport announced that 10,000 origination passengers had already traveled through the airport as of May 3, 2007. The 10,000th passenger, Mary Lou Forche of Evansville, Ind., boarded an Allegiant Air flight bound for Las Vegas with her husband.

The number of travelers this year was reached six weeks earlier than last year, according to the airport. For the past three years, MidAmerica has experienced increased passenger service and the 10,000 passenger level again qualifies the airport as a primary non-hub airport with the FAA. The qualification carries with it FAA grant authorization of at least $1,000,000 for capital projects.

The capital improvement grants from the FAA “will enable the airport to continue to grow, create more jobs and give passengers more opportunities to travel,” according to St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.

In addition to daily operations with Scott AFB and military flights, the airport also has been designated as a port of entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which allows the airport to handle international cargo flights as well as offer passenger service.

Also at MidAmerica this past spring, Allegiant Air LLC celebrated its two-year anniversary of providing nonstop service to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas-based airline inaugurated service from the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on April 29, 2005. During the past year alone, Allegiant has carried more than 27,000 customers to and from Las Vegas.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the Southern Illinois market over the last two years,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air’s president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to a continued successful relationship between Allegiant, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, the local communities, travel agents and all of our customers.”


Clark Properties Inc. has announced an agreement with Imperial Manufacturing Group, a Canadian company based in Richibucto, New Brunswick, to bring its U.S. headquarters to Alton, Ill. Michael Clark, president of Clark Properties, said that Imperial will house its U.S. corporate offices, a manufacturing operation, and warehouse and distribution facilities in the Alton Center Business Park.

“Based upon our areas of distribution in the United States, Alton is an ideal location to place this facility,” stated Normand Caissie, president of Imperial Manufacturing Group. “The size of our new headquarters will help us to boost production and increase our efficiency. We also are very pleased with the workforce experience we have had in the area, already employing a large percentage of our workforce from the River Bend community.”

Founded in 1979, Imperial Manufacturing Group specializes in equipment for the heating, air conditioning, ventilation and building products industries.



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