Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
Fenton MoJoe for June 22, 2018

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Welcome to the first edition of Fenton MoJoe, a blog post I'll be publishing to help members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce tell their stories and report on interesting news and developments from around the region.

New City Administrator: The City of Fenton is close to announcing the hiring of a new City Administrator in the coming week. We're looking forward to working with the new administrator and will introduce them to you as soon as we're able.

We Made The List: The St. Louis Business Journal published its annual, "Largest Chambers of Commerce," list in late May. Our Chamber was ranked 14th--up one from 2017--on the list of the region's 25 largest chamber organizations ranked by annual budget. In the "Closer Look" section, it noted the annual budgets of the largest 25 chambers of commerce decreased more than 10 percent during the last year, from $20.94 million to $18.77 million.

Hello and Good-Bye: I introduced myself as the new Executive Director of the Chamber during public comments at the Lindbergh School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 12. It also marked the last meeting for retiring superintendent Jim Simpson. (Read article from the South County Times.) ... After the meeting, it was great to meet Philip Carlock, a resident of Fenton who once led St. Louis Community College and Southwestern Illinois College. 

Helping Others: Maritz published its second annual Community Impact Report. It highlights many of the ways we Maritz helped our communities in the past fiscal year, including corporate grants, in-kind services or employee contributions and community service hours. Our Chamber offices are located on the Maritz campus and we're grateful for the support provided to our organization and our members throughout the years. Included in the report are two great videos. One is on a partnership with the St. Louis Special School District and the United Way Days of Caring project helping The Little Bit Foundation with a book fair at Hodgen Elementary School. 

Who's On Top of the News To Get More Business? Within hours of after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for states to start collecting sales taxes from online vendors, the Accounting Solutions Group of St. Louis posted the following question on Facebook as they shared our Chamber's post on the subject. Their simple but thought-provoking post: Sales tax on online purchases is coming. Is your business ready? 

Pizza time: Kadean Construction is building Missouri's first Peel Wood Fired Pizza restaurant, according to a report on rejournals.com. The 8,200-square-foot restaurant in Clayton is scheduled to open later this summer. 

Managed Within 1 Percent: It was an honor to attend the ribbon cutting at the new Highway 141 and Interstate 44 interchange in late May. Tom Blair, a resident of the Fenton area and the District Engineer for St. Louis, said the $22 million design-build project was completed within 1 percent of budget. That's an outstanding example of project management, leadership and stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Have An Item For This Blog? Send me a note or media release for consideration at joe@fentonmochamber.com.

Have a great weekend!
State and local elected officials, the Missouri Department of Transportation and members of Pace Construction cut the ribbon at the Highway 141 and Interstate 44 interchange project on May 24.

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