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"Progress 64 West plays a key role in determining what is needed to support, grow and foster community vitality.  It's what every community needs for a healthy economy" 
                                                                 Debbie Shaw-Franke, President, Progress 64 West

The Progress 64 Entrepreneurial Scholarship was established by Progress 64 West, a partnership of citizens, businesses, and civic leaders. The Scholarship aims to support, encourage, and foster young entrepreneurs who go to school or live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or St. Charles County.  Scholarships are for one year and typically range between $1,000 – $5,000.

Each committee is led and facilitated by Senior P64 Members. These committees direct the programming of the monthly membership meetings, and actively engage with community partners to advance key initiatives.


From skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, plumbing, or electrical contracting to fields as diverse as agriculture and architecture, Progress 64 West advocates for the needed labor force for tomorrows community vitality. 


Partners in Education (PIE) facilitators collaborate with volunteers willing to share their expertise or special talents with students.  This community connection enhances the educational curriculum, making learning more meaningful and relevant for students.

Legislative Update and Breakfast - Lindenwood University

The Legislative Update, featuring Senator Andrew Koenig, Senator Brian Williams, Representative Richard West and Representative Mark Matthiesen was a huge success. Thanks to Jim Mosquera for hosting at Lindenwood University and Scott J. Drachnik for, CEO and President, Economic Development Council of St. Charles County, for moderating!

A spirited conversation exploring why only 43 out of 3000 bills were able to see their way through to the Governor in what Representative Matthiesen said is “The worse divide in 6 years”.


While the divide was mainly made up of a small group of Republicans, when asked what the solution is for a higher level of expectation among voters and advocates, Representative Richard West encouraged us all to "watch who’s voting for what, everyone has access to our leaders voting record". Most agreed that, while it was a disappointing year, setting the stage for new leadership might be the favorable option to the partisan politics of today. 

The event was well attended and well organized giving members and guess ample opportunity to rub elbows with your favorite politician.

Jade Paden (Audio)

Building Lives Keynote 

The Power of Building Lives

Progress 64 West Board member, Jade Paden, was our keynote speaker at our 34th annual Excellence in Community Development Awards. We celebrate Jade and the strength of our community, and honor individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to improve our region. Jade is a business owner and community leader.


Jade is passionate about education and desires to see the restoration of the trades as a viable career option. Jade's story will inspire and empower you — every individual has something this community needs to build a better life.  

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