According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction jobs will grow faster than the average for all other occupations from 2014 to 2024. Despite the apparent abundance of construction work, St. Louis trades, unions and construction companies continue to struggle to find qualified, diverse workers.Minority-owned The UP Companies (UPCO), which consists of Power UP Electrical Contractors and Square UP Builders, is taking several steps toward boosting diversity and making a generational impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area workforce by reaching out to minority students and hiring qualified minorities."We know that union membership in Missouri has declined from 15.5% in 1989 to 8.8% in recent years, and that the majority of union workers are between the ages of 45 and 64, so why aren't more young minorities pursuing careers in the trades after high school? We are working diligently to change the perception of skilled labor," said UPCO owner Michael Kennedy, Jr.High school … [Read more...] about The UP Companies Sets Standards for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce, Promoting Skilled Labor Among St. Louis Minorities
St louis trade schools
O'FALLON, Mo. • In the early 1970s, this city in St. Charles County comprised a mere 20 square blocks north of Interstate 70, in what was still a largely rural area surrounded by fields — a place where an occasional cow would wander the streets. That was just before the four-decades-long population explosion that transformed the county into one of the nation's fastest-growing — and lifted O'Fallon to second place in size among all cities in the region. "If you remember watching Andy and Opie and Aunt Bee in Mayberry, it was a lot like that," said Joe Cronin, 63, who grew up in O'Fallon and is the second generation of his family to run Western Lawn Equipment on Main Street. That was when Highway K, today a four-lane thoroughfare surrounded by stores and restaurants, was a sleepy two-lane road. Cronin, now a member of the St. Charles County Council, said his parents built a house in the mid-1960s off K on Laura Hill Road, in what was still considered the … [Read more...] about St. Louis region’s growth among nation’s slowest. But O’Fallon keeps booming.
This story is part of an investigative series by Reuters that exposed abuses in the human body trade. To read earlier installments go to bit.ly/2E0OFc4 _______ PORTLAND, Ore. • On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, S.C., carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans. According to the manifest, the shipment bound for Europe included about 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204. To keep the merchandise from spoiling, the container’s temperature was set to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The body parts came from MedCure Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based company with distribution hubs in the U.S. that include a facility in Maryland Heights, just outside St. Louis. A so-called body broker, MedCure profits by dissecting the bodies of altruistic donors and sending the parts to medical training and research companies. MedCure sells or leases about 10,000 body parts from U.S. donors … [Read more...] about Body brokers, including firm with St. Louis area facility, supply world with torsos, limbs and heads
The St. Louis Mosaic Project began its research in 2012 with an economic impact report outlining St. Louis to be lagging in immigrant growth, as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 27-member committee. The organization became operational in 2013 with the hiring of Executive Director Betsy Cohen. An exchange student in high school, Cohen was always interested in international activities. In her tenure at Nestlé Purina, she was vice president of marketing and worked on both international business opportunities and ran a local regional coalition. “I’ve always been involved with different nonprofits and businesses – I think of myself as a connector,” Cohen said. Tell us about your background. My family came from Europe in 1848 to St. Louis from Germany … [Read more...] about Open Arms – The St. Louis Mosaic Project encourages international diversity for regional growth
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (January 22, 2018) – Hollywood Casino St. Louis, a Penn National Gaming property in Maryland Heights, has hired Michael Jerlecki as its new Vice President and General Manager. Jerlecki is in the process of relocating to St. Louis from Las Vegas. He has more than twenty-four years of gaming and hospitality industry experience with publicly traded and privately held companies and in Native American gaming in the areas of Executive Administration, Marketing, and Operations, including nine years with MGM and, most recently, nine years with Station Casinos. He last served as Vice President and General Manager of Boulder Station and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Jerlecki holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “I am humbled and … [Read more...] about HOLLYWOOD CASINO ST. LOUIS HIRES NEW GENERAL MANAGER