Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson to Highlight Progress 64 West Banquet

Updated: Nov 6


Michael L. Parson 57th Governor of Missouri

34th Annual Excellence in Community Development Awards Partnership Sponsored by Missouri American Water.




Debbie Shaw-Franke, President of Progress 64 West, recently announced the award recipients and speaker lineup for the annual recognition banquet to be held at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Chesterfield, MO. The Event will be held on November 23, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Speakers include Michael L. Parson, 57th Governor of Missouri, Scott J. Drachnik, CEO and President at EDC of St. Charles County and Jade Paden, Founder of RiteAir Heating and Cooling LLC.

Keynote Speaker Jade Paden - The Power of Building Lives

For decades, Progress 64 West scholarships have highlighted future business leaders and entrepreneurs from throughout the corridor. This year’s banquet theme is called Building Lives.


"We see our community leaders as builders - every level, every operation, every detail helping to create the beautiful stories of our lives"

- Jade Paden, Founder, RiteAir Heating and Cooling LLC.

Your host: Scott Drachnik, CEO & President at EDC of St. Charles County

This year’s Annual Excellence in Community Development Awards honors J Bloom Designs, PIE - Rockwood Partners in Education, Parkway Spark!, Keystone Construction and

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. The banquet also includes a special moment – presenting scholarships to area high school seniors who participated in our scholarship program, Building Tomorrow's Leaders. This year we are awarding $11,000 in scholarships to the winners!


Progress 64 West, a member supported organization, has successfully courted high tech firms, retail establishments, restaurants, and other types of commerce to establish their businesses in the communities within the I-64 corridor. In addition, Progress 64 West has played a key role in getting the infrastructure needed to support the growth.

In October of 1987, a group of business leaders who worked and lived in the Chesterfield area, formed Chesterfield Civic Progress to ensure a high quality of life and standard of development in residential and commercial developments. The leaders worked together, investing their time, talent, and influence to support infrastructure and development projects. In May of 2004, it was replaced with a new organization with the same goals - Progress 64 West. The reason - to expand from Chesterfield to a larger area connecting West St Louis and St Charles counties from I-270 to I-70.

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