Founded in 1987 to promote commerce and business-friendly legislation along the I-64 corridor, Progress 64 West continues to partner with local citizens, businesses and civic leaders to maintain a quality standard of life in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
Some of Progress 64 West’s accomplishments include promoting the Hwy. 141 extension to Olive Blvd., endorsing the replacement of the eastbound section of the Daniel Boone Bridge, providing scholarships to high school students and developing STEM initiatives through partnerships with local school districts.
Progress 64 West also works to increase workforce readiness in the region through education programs with local businesses.
“There are jobs available, but the workforce is not ready with the right skill set to take those jobs,” President R.B. Clark, III, said. “So we’re working with companies in the community to see if they can help provide some education to potential employees, and on-the-job training as well. We think that’s extremely important.”
In addition to monthly membership meetings with guest speakers, Progress 64 West also hosts a community awards banquet for more than 300 participants. The banquet recognizes business owners and their contributions to the community.
The organization will hold its Fifth Annual Legislative Update on March 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield. This year, senators and state representatives will discuss transportation and infrastructure.
“We’re asking these legislators to discuss the highway issues and the possible funding behind solutions,” R.B. said.
To learn more about how to get involved with Progress 64 West, visit their website.