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9.1.17 East-West Gateway Approves $48 Million in Transportation Dollars for St. Charles County 9.1.17 East-West Gateway Approves $48 Million in Transportation Dollars for St. Charles County
As the population of St. Charles County continues to grow, infrastructure remains a top priority for County Executive Steve Ehlmann. A member of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG) Board of Directors, Ehlmann voted in favor of funding for several major St. Charles County transportation improvement projects which recently were approved by the board.
6.2.17 Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Red Light Camera Charter Amendment 6.2.17 Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Red Light Camera Charter Amendment
4.6.17 St. Charles County Executive, Council Chair Prepare to Put UBER, Lyft Issue to Vote 4.6.17 St. Charles County Executive, Council Chair Prepare to Put UBER, Lyft Issue to Vote
As the Missouri Senate again stalls this week on approving a bill to enact a statewide regulatory system for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and County Council Chair Mike Elam are moving forward. In the event the legislature fails to act, County Executive Ehlmann is proposing that the County Council let the voters here decide. Councilman Elam will sponsor the bill that would allow that to happen.
1.10.17 St. Charles County Executive Heads to Jefferson City in Support of Transportation Networ... 1.10.17 St. Charles County Executive Heads to Jefferson City in Support of Transportation Networ...
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann is traveling to Jefferson City to lend his support to House Bill 130, which is being heard in the House General Laws Committee. The bill, if passed, would establish a statewide regulatory system for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft.
12.21.16 St. Charles County Executive Hosts Economic Discussion with Key Business Sector Leaders 12.21.16 St. Charles County Executive Hosts Economic Discussion with Key Business Sector Leaders
When St. Charles County’s business leaders met with County Executive Steve Ehlmann recently for their quarterly economic meeting, Ehlmann was told just what he wanted to hear: helpful insights and information to help his administration keep moving forward.
12.15.16 Infrastructure Priority for County Executive Ehlmann; Calls for MoDOT to Lead the Way 12.15.16 Infrastructure Priority for County Executive Ehlmann; Calls for MoDOT to Lead the Way
One thing St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and President-Elect Donald Trump see eye-to-eye on is that infrastructure is a priority. Across the United States, for Trump; across St. Charles County, for Ehlmann. The county’s I-70 corridor is the economic engine of St. Charles County, Ehlmann says. Data shows 48 percent of sales tax, 46 percent of jobs and 27 percent of residents are within one mile of I-70 in St. Charles County.
11.29.16 Route 364, I-70 Traffic Growth Necessitates Planning for the Future 11.29.16 Route 364, I-70 Traffic Growth Necessitates Planning for the Future
Route 364, also known as the Page Extension, recently surpassed Interstate 70 (I-70) to become the busiest Missouri River bridge-crossing between St. Charles County and St. Louis County during morning and afternoon rush hours.
11.23.16 Fifth Street Interchange Project Deadline Met 11.23.16 Fifth Street Interchange Project Deadline Met
It doesn’t have to take “forever” to build a road. That’s the message County Executive Steve Ehlmann wants to convey. Ehlmann cites the Fifth Street Interchange Project in St. Charles, a partnership with the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), as proof.
11.14.16 Local Unemployment Falling Again Amidst Wage Pressures, Hiring Wave 11.14.16 Local Unemployment Falling Again Amidst Wage Pressures, Hiring Wave
After a temporary uptick during the summer, unemployment rates are falling again in St. Charles County, dropping to 3.7 percent in September 2016, down from 4.1 percent in August. At the same time, employers of all sizes around the area are in the midst of a hiring wave.
9.9.16 East-West Gateway Approves 2017–2020 Transportation Improvement Programs 9.9.16 East-West Gateway Approves 2017–2020 Transportation Improvement Programs
Safety is the key component of many of the St. Charles County transportation improvement projects approved August 31 by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments for the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
8.30.16 St. Charles County Council to Consider Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 8.30.16 St. Charles County Council to Consider Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
St. Charles County soon may have its own Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), operated in conjunction with St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis, if all goes as County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Councilman Joe Brazil plan.
8.1.16 Ehlmann Credits County Partners for New Post Office Project 8.1.16 Ehlmann Credits County Partners for New Post Office Project
It’s finally official. After more than 10 years of both informal and formal discussions with businesses and government officials, a new St. Charles branch of the United States Postal Service (USPS) at long-last has opened. Its new location at 1890 First Capitol Drive in University Commons opened on July 11.
6.30.16 St. Charles County Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall; Labor Force on the Rise 6.30.16 St. Charles County Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall; Labor Force on the Rise
The economic summary for St. Charles County is good news! The local unemployment rate continues to fall, dropping to 3 percent in May from 3.3 percent in April, while the labor force is climbing, reaching 220,981 in May, up 1,076 from the previous month.
6.29.16 Governor Signs Tax Increment Financing Bill; Gives Commission More Authority 6.29.16 Governor Signs Tax Increment Financing Bill; Gives Commission More Authority
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that significantly changes who will make the final decision on projects requesting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties.
6.9.16 Local Business Leaders, Educators, Meet with County Executive to Discuss Future of IT Jobs 6.9.16 Local Business Leaders, Educators, Meet with County Executive to Discuss Future of IT Jobs
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann is concerned about the current and future supply of qualified information technology workers. And he’s not the only one.
5.26.16 $5.8M Infrastructure Investment Helping Create new $45M Industrial Park, 400 Jobs 5.26.16 $5.8M Infrastructure Investment Helping Create new $45M Industrial Park, 400 Jobs
The first phase of development at a new $45 million industrial park in Wentzville to serve the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Center and other users now is moving forward, thanks in part to $5.8 million in roadway improvements. The project was approved by the St. Charles County Road Board and is being funded equally with the community’s half-cent transportation sales tax and by the developer.
5.13.16 Passage of Bill Means Significant Change for Tax Increment Financing Process 5.13.16 Passage of Bill Means Significant Change for Tax Increment Financing Process
The passage of House Bill 1434 significantly changes who will make the final decision on projects requesting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties.
4.29.16 Lindenwood Donates Boone Home and Property to People of St. Charles County 4.29.16 Lindenwood Donates Boone Home and Property to People of St. Charles County
The Historic Daniel Boone Home and surrounding property in Defiance is on the verge of becoming a St. Charles County park with a donation from Lindenwood University. Lindenwood, which has owned the home and property since 1998, is gifting nearly 300 acres to the people of St. Charles County. An agreement was approved by the County Council on April 25, and the transaction is expected to be complete by mid-May.
4.29.16 Ehlmann Appoints Hurlbert as Director of Community Development for St. Charles County 4.29.16 Ehlmann Appoints Hurlbert as Director of Community Development for St. Charles County
Subject to confirmation by the St. Charles County Council at its May 9, 2016 meeting, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Michael E. Hurlbert, AICP, as Director of the Department of Community Development. Upon approval, Hurlbert will start the position on May 23, 2016.
4.27.16 Local Family Business Recognized In Honor of National Small Business Week 4.27.16 Local Family Business Recognized In Honor of National Small Business Week
jBloom, a direct-selling jewelry design company that originally started as a hobby for a Francis Howell school teacher, was honored Monday at the St. Charles County Council meeting as part of a proclamation recognizing National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2016. The business was chosen because of its proven success: from local start-up to national company.
4.4.16 Critical Need for High-Tech Workers Dominates IT Leaders Meeting with County Executive 4.4.16 Critical Need for High-Tech Workers Dominates IT Leaders Meeting with County Executive
There is a critical need for more high-tech workers was the resounding message on March 31 to St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann when he met with over 20 business and community leaders at the Information Technology Leader’s Luncheon hosted by the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, the second in an ongoing series of high-level business sector gatherings.
3.31.16 Ehlmann Appoints Hazelwood As County Counselor of St. Charles County 3.31.16 Ehlmann Appoints Hazelwood As County Counselor of St. Charles County
Subject to confirmation by the St. Charles County Council at its April 11, 2016 meeting, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Keith Hazelwood as County Counselor. Upon approval, Hazelwood will start the position on May 1, 2016.
3.24.16 Ehlmann Appoints Enger as Director of Communications for St. Charles County 3.24.16 Ehlmann Appoints Enger as Director of Communications for St. Charles County
Subject to confirmation by the St. Charles County Council at its March 28 meeting, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Mary Enger as Director of the Department of Communications. Upon approval, Enger will start the position on April 11.
3.22.16 Annual Retail Sales Hit Record High Of $5.6 Billion in St. Charles County 3.22.16 Annual Retail Sales Hit Record High Of $5.6 Billion in St. Charles County
Annual retail sales for 2015 climbed 5.21 percent to hit a new record high of $5,666,398,392 in St. Charles County, up from $5,385,652,114 the previous year, according to figures just released by the St. Charles County Department of Finance.
3.15.16 Ehlmann Appoints Greifzu as Asst Director of Admin - Intergov't Affairs 3.15.16 Ehlmann Appoints Greifzu as Asst Director of Admin - Intergov't Affairs
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed John Greifzu, County Director of Transportation, to serve on his Executive staff as Assistant Director of Administration – Intergovernmental Affairs. Greifzu will replace Don Boehmer, who will retire on July 4, 2016, after serving nine and a half years in the position. Greifzu will start on July 1.
2.22.16 More Jobs than Job Seekers: Unemployment Falls to 3% for Dec. 2015 in St. Charles County 2.22.16 More Jobs than Job Seekers: Unemployment Falls to 3% for Dec. 2015 in St. Charles County
Unemployment continued its downward trend in St. Charles County and fell to 3 percent in December 2015, according to the latest, not-seasonally-adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor.
2.3.16 County Exec Ehlmann & Wentzville Mayor Guccione: Working Together Key to Improving Rte. 61 2.3.16 County Exec Ehlmann & Wentzville Mayor Guccione: Working Together Key to Improving Rte. 61
For many years, St. Charles County Government has been addressing safety concerns on Route 61, notes County Executive Steve Ehlmann.
1.14.16 New Normal in Local Housing Construction Market 1.14.16 New Normal in Local Housing Construction Market
For the third consecutive year, new single-family housing permits issued in St. Charles County, MO, were in the 1,700 range, according to annual statistics just released by the County’s Community Development Department.
12.11.15 Better Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce Dominates Manufacturing Leaders Mtg with Co Exec 12.11.15 Better Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce Dominates Manufacturing Leaders Mtg with Co Exec
11.3.15 Return to Pre-Recession Levels: Unemployment Falls to 3.5% for Sept. 2015 11.3.15 Return to Pre-Recession Levels: Unemployment Falls to 3.5% for Sept. 2015
Unemployment in St. Charles County has fallen to 3.5 percent in September 2015 from 3.9 percent in August 2015, according to the latest, not-seasonally-adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. Local officials are hailing this as the lowest rate in the St. Louis region and a return to pre-recession levels.
9.24.15 Celebrating Opportunities: County to Issue Proclamation for National Manufacturing Day 9.24.15 Celebrating Opportunities: County to Issue Proclamation for National Manufacturing Day
Officials from Component Bar Products and their Midwest Machine Tool Training Center (MMTTC) will be in attendance at the Sept. 28 County Council meeting to accept a proclamation celebrating National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2. County Executive Steve Ehlmann will present the proclamation.
7.30.15 East-West Gateway Approves 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program, Projects 7.30.15 East-West Gateway Approves 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program, Projects
On July 29, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments approved the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann serves on the East-West Gateway Board and voted to approve the plan.
7.14.15 Drachnik Confirmed by Council as Director of Workforce Development 7.14.15 Drachnik Confirmed by Council as Director of Workforce Development
On July 13, the St. Charles County Council confirmed County Executive Steve Ehlmann’s appointment of Scott Drachnik as Director of the St. Charles County Department of Workforce Development. Drachnik will start his position on August 17.
7.9.15 Ehlmann Appoints Drachnik as Director of Workforce Development 7.9.15 Ehlmann Appoints Drachnik as Director of Workforce Development
Subject to confirmation by the St. Charles County Council at its July 13 meeting, County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Scott Drachnik as Director of the St. Charles County Department of Workforce Development. Upon approval, Drachnik will start the position on August 17.
7.2.15 Ehlmann, East-West Gateway Board Pass Long-Term Regional Transportation Plan 7.2.15 Ehlmann, East-West Gateway Board Pass Long-Term Regional Transportation Plan
Connected 2045, the long-term transportation plan for the region, was passed unanimously at June’s East-West Gateway Council of Governments Board Meeting. County Executive Steve Ehlmann serves on the board and voted at the meeting.
6.22.15 Ehlmann, St. Charles County Celebrate Completion of I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge 6.22.15 Ehlmann, St. Charles County Celebrate Completion of I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge
County Executive Steve Ehlmann will be among the federal, state and local officials at the ribbon cutting for the eastbound span of the I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. County Executive Ehlmann and County officials worked and partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and state and federal officials in advancing the project.
1.27.15 Woodson Appointed Director of Community Health and the Environment 1.27.15 Woodson Appointed Director of Community Health and the Environment
County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed Hope Woodson as Director of the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment. The appointment was confirmed by the County Council at its Jan. 26 meeting.
12.2.14 Captain Todd Appointed Chief of New County Police Department 12.2.14 Captain Todd Appointed Chief of New County Police Department
Subject to confirmation by the St. Charles County Council at its Dec. 15 meeting, County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed David L. Todd, Captain of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Special Enforcement, as the first Chief of the new St. Charles County Police Department.
10.29.14 Ehlmann, Local Officials To Celebrate Completion of Page Extension 10.29.14 Ehlmann, Local Officials To Celebrate Completion of Page Extension
10.2.14 Ehlmann, Officials Celebrate Completion of First Section of Phase 3 Page Extension Oct. 4 10.2.14 Ehlmann, Officials Celebrate Completion of First Section of Phase 3 Page Extension Oct. 4
9.23.14 Ehlmann Appoints Search Committee for Chief of Police 9.23.14 Ehlmann Appoints Search Committee for Chief of Police
7.29.14 Unit L-15 Levee Turned Over to CNCLD, Ehlmann Honored with Resolution 7.29.14 Unit L-15 Levee Turned Over to CNCLD, Ehlmann Honored with Resolution
6.6.14 County Executive Ehlmann Proposes Bill to Encourage Employment-Friendly Env. for Veterans 6.6.14 County Executive Ehlmann Proposes Bill to Encourage Employment-Friendly Env. for Veterans
4.28.14 County Executive Ehlmann Proposes Higher Ethical Standards 4.28.14 County Executive Ehlmann Proposes Higher Ethical Standards
12.11.13 Ehlmann Raises Concerns About OneSTL at East-West Gateway Board Meeting 12.11.13 Ehlmann Raises Concerns About OneSTL at East-West Gateway Board Meeting
8.30.13 Ehlmann, Officials Open New Gutermuth Road Bridge Over Phase 3 Page Extension 8.30.13 Ehlmann, Officials Open New Gutermuth Road Bridge Over Phase 3 Page Extension
7.15.13 Ehlmann Supports Appointment of Special Administrative Board to Oversee Normandy SD 7.15.13 Ehlmann Supports Appointment of Special Administrative Board to Oversee Normandy SD
5.22.13 Ehlmann, Hassinger, Elected Officials to Break Ground on Phase 3 of Page Extension 5.22.13 Ehlmann, Hassinger, Elected Officials to Break Ground on Phase 3 of Page Extension
5.21.13 Ehlmann, Hassinger, Elected Officials to Break Ground May 22 on Phase 3 of Page Extension 5.21.13 Ehlmann, Hassinger, Elected Officials to Break Ground May 22 on Phase 3 of Page Extension
4.3.13 Ehlmann Makes Appointment to St. Charles County Council 4.3.13 Ehlmann Makes Appointment to St. Charles County Council
4.1.13 Ehlmann, Dempsey, Zerr Address Need for Improvements to Missouri Route H 4.1.13 Ehlmann, Dempsey, Zerr Address Need for Improvements to Missouri Route H
3.29.13 Bill Directing Excess Traffic Fine Revenue to Schools Filed by Dempsey, Supported by Ehlmann 3.29.13 Bill Directing Excess Traffic Fine Revenue to Schools Filed by Dempsey, Supported by Ehlmann
12.21.12 Ehlmann Names School Security Task Force 12.21.12 Ehlmann Names School Security Task Force
12.7.12 Ehlmann Has Not Taken a Position on Proposed Arch Tax 12.7.12 Ehlmann Has Not Taken a Position on Proposed Arch Tax
4.6.12 County Executive Says Senate TIF Bill Gives the People the Final Say 4.6.12 County Executive Says Senate TIF Bill Gives the People the Final Say
3.13.12 Ehlmann Vetoes bill Calling for nearly $2 mill in Spending for New Election Machines 3.13.12 Ehlmann Vetoes bill Calling for nearly $2 mill in Spending for New Election Machines