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Progress 64 West to honor business, student achievement

Civic partnership group Progress 64 West, a nonprofit alliance of area citizens and business leaders that promotes development along the I-64 corridor from I-270 westward to I-70, will hold its annual awards banquet on Nov. 26  at Chesterfield’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

The group is set to honor a select list of area businesses and individuals with its Excellence in Community Development Awards.

This year’s corporate and organizational honorees include Flat World Supply Chain, an O’Fallon, Missouri-based logistics and supply chain management company; Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis; Medical Transportation Management (MTM), which provides non-emergency transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries across the country; and St. Luke’s Hospital.

In addition, Progress 64 West will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gordon Gundaker, chairman of Gundaker Commercial group and former president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Gundaker, the metro area’s largest residential real estate company.

Area high school students receiving Louis S. Sachs Scholarship awards also will be recognized at the banquet.

Keynote speaker Jay DeLong, vice president of new ventures and capital formation for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, will highlight the event’s theme, “Passing the Torch to a New Generation.”

DeLong directs the Regional Chamber’s efforts to facilitate equity and venture capital, and to identify and recruit promising start-up technology companies to the St. Louis region. He is a co-founder of T-REX, a downtown venue located on Washington Avenue that provides startup companies with low-cost and flexible enterprise space, while also serving as a technology incubator. Two years after its inception, T-REX is now home to more than 100 start-ups and other companies.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person, or $695 for a table of eight. For more information and reservations, visit Progress64West.org.

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